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18 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About 'Batman Forever'

Say what you want, Batman Forever was an understated classic (for the pre-millenium age).

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1. Val Kilmer learned he was Batman while literally in a bat cave.

Oh, the irony. He was doing research for another role and accepted Batman without reading the script.
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Oh, the irony. He was doing research for another role and accepted Batman without reading the script.

2. Mel Gibson had to turn down the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face, due to scheduling conflicts with 'Braveheart.'

Just imagine. Mel as The Riddler?

3. Ironically, Christian Bale auditioned for the role of Robin.

As you all know, Chris O'Donnell ended up playing Robin, but Bale went on to star in the greatest superhero trilogy of ALL-TIME.
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As you all know, Chris O'Donnell ended up playing Robin, but Bale went on to star in the greatest superhero trilogy of ALL-TIME.

4. Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Scott Speedman were all considered for the role of Robin.

The real question: Why were they not chosen?
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The real question: Why were they not chosen?

5. Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle, created the Riddler's riddles.

Bless you, Mr. Shortz. Those riddles = classic.
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Bless you, Mr. Shortz. Those riddles = classic.

6. Batman Forever marks the first appearance of Arkham Asylum in a live action Batman film.

What a spooky place.
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What a spooky place.

7. Mark Wahlberg was considered for the role of Robin.

Markie Mark was a little preoccupied with Boogie Nights. He is forgiven.
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Markie Mark was a little preoccupied with Boogie Nights. He is forgiven.

8. A-list names like Daniel Day-Lewis and Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Batman.

Both would have been solid choices for the Caped Crusader.
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Both would have been solid choices for the Caped Crusader.

9. Jim Carrey helped design a lot of his costumes.

He really liked question marks.

10. Tommy Lee Jones's make-up took 4 hours to apply.

That's a long time in the make-up chair.
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That's a long time in the make-up chair.

11. Jenny McCarthy turned down the role of Sugar.

The part went to Drew Barrymore.
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The part went to Drew Barrymore.

12. Director Joel Schumacher wanted Nicole Kidman to play Poison Ivy.

However, he decided that having three villains would be too much for Batman. Poison Ivy was put off until Batman & Robin.
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However, he decided that having three villains would be too much for Batman. Poison Ivy was put off until Batman & Robin.

13. Elizabeth Sanders, who plays Gossip Gerty, is the widow of Bob Kane, who created Batman.

We love Gossip Gerty and her glasses.
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We love Gossip Gerty and her glasses.

14. When Tim Burton was considering directing, Marlon Wayans was reportedly considered to play Robin.

Once Joel Schumacher took over, he cast Chris O'Donnell.
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Once Joel Schumacher took over, he cast Chris O'Donnell.

15. While learning to twirl his cane for his role as the Riddler, Jim Carrey reportedly broke around a dozen prop canes and some of his trailer furniture.

Way to go, Carrey.

16. After Tim Burton dropped out of directing the film, Robin Williams was offered the role of The Riddler.

Williams reportedly refused due to being bitter about being used to lure Jack Nicholson to commit to play the Joker in the 1989 Batman.
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Williams reportedly refused due to being bitter about being used to lure Jack Nicholson to commit to play the Joker in the 1989 Batman.

17. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Yes, it was nominated for three Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing. WHAAAATTT?
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Yes, it was nominated for three Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing.

WHAAAATTT?

18. It was the second-highest grossing film of 1995, behind Toy Story.

Batman Forever did work at the box office.
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Batman Forever did work at the box office.

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