Time: 130 mins.
Genre: Action/Comic Book/Superhero
Everyone has their opinion on who the best Batman is. Keaton gave the character mystery, Kilmer a sense of danger and Clooney a touch of righteousness. Now if they could only blend the three... Clooney isn't a bad Batman, they just don't give him anything interesting to do. Besides fight evil villains, which is pretty much par for the course. In this fourth installment I was looking for a little depth of character, something to make the trip worthwhile. Instead, Schumacher delivers much of the same: mysterious super hero, amazing art direction, overdone special effects, high-action stunts. Not necessarily bad entertainment, however, not exactly ground breaking either. At least Tim Burton, tried to infuse a bit of depth and soul into his versions of the piece. This plays more like a video game than a movie.
Clooney, for his part, is certainly the most emotional accessible Batman. The most grounded and human. Kilmer and Keaton were too stiff and cartoony. Here we get to see the man behind the mask. When out of costume, you can see every emotion on his cute little face. In costume, they pretty much all look the same. Though Clooney does have the best voice of the three. It could melt butter. If you watched fight clips of each of them put together, I bet you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Only the villains would give them away. This time the plot has Batman fighting Mr. Freeze, a demented scientist, and Poison Ivy, an overenthusiastic environmentalist, over the fate of Gotham City. Surprise, surprise. What will they think up next?
Obviously, Batman isn't a good enough super hero to battle these evildoers on his own, because they've brought back Robin (O'Donnell) and added Alicia Silverstone as Bat Girl to give him a hand. We don't get to learn enough about Batman without diluting the story further by spending valuable screen time with bratty kids looking to play with cool toys. O'Donnell may be the most consistent actor in the series, beside Alfred, but he gets more annoying with each film. He whines more here than a 2-year-old in a candy store.