Being on a bit of a Batman binge lately, I pulled out the Anthology 1989-1997 to watch the four Burton/Schmuckmacher films. I think it's safe to say I'm spoiled by the new films because the four preceding movies really seem dated. Obviously, I'm not the only person to say how horrible the films became once Keaton ceased being Batman and Burton dropped out of the directors chair. My God, it's highly possible that no matter what Joel Schumacher does here on out, he'll always be remembered for ruining a good thing with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. What was once a dark and brooding set of films turned into a circus of flashy lights and horrible gags.
I will say this, I think if Burton had continued the film series without Keaton, he would have gotten a far better performance from Val Kilmer. I'm a big Kilmer fan and everytime I watch Batman Forever, I feel as though Schumacher "George Lucased" his actors. Essentially, he didn't get the best from his lead actors. I know Kilmer is far more capable of playing the duality that is Batman/Bruce Wayne. Tommy Lee Jones is a wreck because he's far too over the top. I almost feel like he's trying to match Jim Carrey scene-for-scene, which is an impossible feat. In fact, Carrey is really the only lead in the movie who seems to hold his own. And then there's Nicole Kidman. Ugh. Could she act like more of a slut in this movie, bouncing back and forth between Batman and Wayne. She's so forward it's embarassing. Getting back to the Two Face character, I can only wonder what it would have been like to see the incredible Billy Dee Williams in the role.