Batman Forever: 3 reasons why WB should release the Schumacher Cut

Photo: Batman Forever.. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe
Photo: Batman Forever.. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe /
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Batman Forever
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 18: Joel Schumacher (L) and Kate Nash attend the Anna Sui fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) /

2. One Last Goodbye To Joel Schumacher

I fear that we, as fans, never got the proper chance to say goodbye to Joel Schumacher, or to even see him have one last hurrah. His final feature film credit was the under-seen Nicolas Cage film Trespass in 2011. Beyond a 2012 music video for The Killing Floor and two episodes of House of Lies in 2013, Schumacher’s directing career quietly fizzled out in his later years.

Schumacher deserved a better sendoff than that as he is someone who brought some genuinely great and memorable moments to the big screen. Bringing The Schumacher Cut of Batman Forever to life gives Warner Bros. the chance to give Schumacher the sendoff that he never had – and the one he truly deserves.

Moreover, the Schumacher Cut would give fans the opportunity to recontextualtize Batman Forever and, in turn, praise Schumacher in a way that he wasn’t praised for in 1995 upon the film’s first release. While Forever wasn’t universally bashed in the same way that Batman and Robin was, critics nor audiences didn’t exactly shower the movie with love back in the day either.

A new re-cut gives fans the chance to see the film as it was meant to be seen, offering new praise for his true vision while also giving Schumacher one final beloved film to add to his billing as a tribute to his work. It would be the ultimate tribute to his work as a director to unveil the film that he really made.