I was having a discussion about the Batman movies at work earlier this week and the discussion turned specifically to the last 2 of the 1990s series.
Personally, I disliked both of them. Batman and Batman Returns were decent films although they had many flaws in my opinion. Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, however, were just awful. The casting was all wrong and the actors portrayal of their respective characters were awful.
When they finally decided to cut this franchise off, I was relieved. At which time I blamed Joel Schumacher for the demise of the Batman franchise. I laid the majority of the blame at Schumacher's feet and the rest to the screenwriters.
However, it dawned on me during our conversation at work about this that I might have been too hasty in blaming it completely on Joel. Mostly because I started thinking of some of the other films he has directed in his career: The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time to Kill, Bad Company.....
How could a person that has directed such great films take over a franchise that really wasn't the best to begin with and turn it into a complete disaster.
So I did some snooping around the Internet to find out if there were any common denominators to all four films and I basically found none. The producers of each film were different. The cast, of course, was different. Even the writers on each movie were different.
So where do you think the blames lies? Any now that I come to think of it, why do I even care. The franchise is over and the new one is fathoms better. I suppose I should just get over it.