Val Kilmer takes the batcape from Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the late-20th century phase of the dark knight's cinematic journey. When psychotic criminals Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey) unite to cause mayhem in Gotham City, Batman hooks up with eager new partner Robin (Chris O'Donnell) to destroy their wicked union. Director Joel Schumacher takes the franchise in a brighter, breezier direction, with Carrey relishing his manic role and Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore adding zap to the starry 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.