faced a tough task when he replaced Tim Burton
as the director of the Batman
franchise. Not only did he have to find a new actor for the title role after Michael Keaton
opted against returning, but the lavish Gothic blockbusters had established an aesthetic that fans had fallen in love with. That being said, the studio didn’t feel the same way, and pushed for The Lost Boys filmmaker to drastically lighten the tone in order to expand the potential audience.
On that front, Schumacher certainly delivered, and Batman Forever
made almost $70 million more at the box office than Burton’s Returns, but reviews were not as kind. The major shift in the creative direction of the series alienated a lot of fans, and pushed the Dark Knight’s big screen adventures closer to the tone of Adam West
’s kitsch classic TV show.
Earlier this year,