Val Kilmer dons the batcape as dark knight Bruce Wayne, here hooking up with new sidekick Robin (Chris O'Donnell) to tackle psychotic criminals Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey). Director Joel Schumacher's takes the franchise in a brighter, breezier direction, with Kilmer proving a solid replacement for Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore add zap to the all-star cast.
Tommy Lee Jones
For a change it's the acting rather than the action that makes the third screen adventure of Gotham City's dark knight worthwhile.
Val Kilmer is much better casting than Michael Keaton - he even gets the emotionless voice right - while Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey act their fiendish socks off as his deranged opponents, Two-Face and The Riddler.
If Chris O'Donnell seems wrong as Robin, then Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore provide more personable female support than old pointy ears has had to date.
A circus sequence early on provides the punchiest of the visual thrills.
But too many of the combat sequences lack cohesion and definition, setting off routine explosions and punch-ups which don't help the progression of a scene.
It's personalities rather than power that see this typically dark-toned outing through.