Schumacher's former job as set designer gives him the edge when it comes to putting together visuals, and hiring Barbara Ling again to re-conceptualize Gotham was a smart move. Let's face it, the Batman series isn't based on character development or deep plot twists. It is based on costumes and stunts, explosions and action, gadgets and visual effects, and it is a sure winner in those departments. I did wonder about Batgirl's mobility in those high-heeled leather boots, but I doubt if that bothered of the men enjoying the view. Yes, this time Batman gets a bigger codpiece than Robin, and they both get nipples too. The Gotham night skyline is silhouetted beautifully and beams of light pour into the dark city. It looks like a Georgia O'Keefe from her New York era. The Gotham Observatory is like an elegant WPA project, while the Arkham Asylum is more medieval. Even the Batmobile comes out in a new model and the boys get to play with Bathammers, Batskiffs and Batsleds. What more could you want?
Plot? Oh, you wanted to know about plot! Mr. Freeze is going to
steal all the diamonds in Gotham to power his frigidaire-suit,
blackmail the city for money so he can find a cure for his frozen
wife's illness, and take over the world, in that order. Batman and
Robin are going to try to stop him but are distracted by the arrival
of Alfred's niece. In the meantime, Poison Ivy has kisses to die for
and wants to share them with all of mankind. The ultimate
environmentalist, she wants to team with Freeze to destroy the people
who are destroying the world. You know the drill. But the issues of
making a family while dealing with double identities, beating the
baddies, and wooing the babes, makes this a better Batman than
expected. Rated PG-13. Warner Bros.
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