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Michael Keaton Is Back As Batman In BATGIRL Movie

It looks like Michael Keaton will be keeping on the Bat cowl for a little while longer. After a 30 year absence, Keaton has just completed filming a turn as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash – and now he’s set to [...]

December 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: BATMAN FOREVER

Joel Schumacher – 1995.  Batman Forever sees Joel Schumacher taking over the directing reins of the Batman franchise from Tim Burton. This is an enjoyable entry, but it lacks the dark brooding nature of Burton’s films. Batman Forever is [...]

December 17, 2021

Remembering The Mighty Joel Schumacher

The mighty Joel Schumacher was born on the 29 August 1939 – the same year that Batman made his first appearance.  As one of the all-time great directors, he helmed a wonderful selection of films that included everything from The Incredible [...]

August 29, 2021

Powerful Trailer For Val Kilmer Documentary VAL

  From when he first came to prominence in the 1980s, Val Kilmer has always been an actor who was difficult to pin down. From Real Genius and Top Secret! to Top Gun, The Doors and Batman Forever and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Kilmer has always made [...]

July 7, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Stephen Rick’s THE SUPER 

The great Val Kilmer takes on the title role in 2017’s The Super, a horror-mystery-thriller set in a high-rise New York apartment building. It’s great to see Kilmer back on form, offering-up a tremendously chilly performance as the [...]

March 17, 2021

Joel Schumacher’s BATMAN

In 1995 Joel Schumacher took over the directing reins of the Batman franchise from Tim Burton for Batman Forever. Recasting Batman and replacing Michael Keatonwith the younger and more athletic Val Kilmer – this version of Batman was more [...]

January 17, 2021

Obituary: Director Joel Schumacher Dies Aged 80

The mighty Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80. Having quietly battled cancer for a year, he finally succumbed to the disease. Movies In Focus has always been impressed by Schumacher’s visual flair and technique for storytelling. [...]

June 23, 2020

Remembering Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS

After the success of Batman in 1989, Tim Burton was given carte blanche for this sequel, and he delivered the most bizarre Hollywood blockbuster ever made– an $80 million German Expressionist summer action movie. Michael Keaton once again returned [...]

June 21, 2020

BATMAN RETURNS 25 Years Later

Batman Returns opened on June 19th 1992 – an unbelievable 25 years ago. The film is still the greatest Batman film ever made. I remember the first sequence I saw from the film – it was from the rooftop fight between Michael Keaton‘s [...]

June 19, 2017

Did You Catch These Easter Eggs in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE?

The Lego Batman Movie (read the Movies In Focus review) is chock-full of hidden jokes and nods towards other franchises, and even other incarnations of the Caped Crusader! As The Lego Batman Movie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, let’s delve [...]

June 19, 2017

A Better BATMAN Costume?

Is the Batman costume worn by Val Kilmer in 1995’s Batman Forever better than the one that Christian Bale wears in next month’s The Dark Knight [...]

June 20, 2012