Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film produced by Tim Burton and directed by Joel Schumacher. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is a sequel to Batman Returns (1992), with Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton as Batman. The plot focuses on Batman trying to stop Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey) in their villainous scheme to drain information from all the brains in Gotham City. He gains allegiance from psychiatrist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) and orphaned ward Dick Grayson (Chris O’Donnell).
The film had a change in tone compared to the previous installments, becoming more family-friendly since Warner Bros. considered that the previous film, Batman Returns, underperformed at the box office due to its violence and dark overtones. Production was troubled, with many actors considered for the main roles. Batman Forever received mixed reviews upon release, but was a success with audiences, out-grossing Batman Returns with over $336 million worldwide and becoming the sixth-highest grossing film of 1995.[2
See also: Batman Forever (score) and Batman Forever (soundtrack)
Elliot Goldenthal was hired by Schumacher to compose the film score months before production of Batman Forever began. In discussions with Schumacher, the director wanted Goldenthal to avoid taking inspiration from Danny Elfman, and requested an original composition.
The soundtrack was commercially successful, selling almost as many copies as Prince’s soundtrack to the 1989 Batman film. Only five of the songs on the soundtrack are actually featured in the movie, the rest are allegedly ‘inspired by’ Batman Forever – a curious claim, since most, if not all, of the tracks were recorded before the film was even completed. Hit singles from the soundtrack include “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by U2 and “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal, both of which were nominated for MTV Movie Awards. “Kiss from a Rose” (whose video was also directed by Joel Schumacher) reached #1 in the U.S. charts as well. The soundtrack itself, featuring additional songs by The Flaming Lips, Brandy (both songs also included in the film), Method Man, Nick Cave, Michael Hutchence (of INXS), PJ Harvey, and Massive Attack, was an attempt to (in producer Peter MacGregor-Scott’s words) make the film more “pop”.
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me -U2
KISS FROM A ROSE- SEAL