Long-running franchises are prone to reboots, re-interpretations and even re-invention. The James Bond series launched with Sean Connery's suave, charming run before scrambling to find a replacement (that wasn't George Lazenby) and wound up with Roger Moore, whose Bondian-era is far more jokey and relaxed in tone. Today, it seems, we're prepared for unvarnished Bond - the blunt instrument of Her Majesty that happens to be the correct tool for the job.
We were just as ready for the same from Christopher Nolan, whose work on the Batman franchise draws heavily and faithfully from the source material. Inspired by popular aristocratic heroes of the 30s with dual identities and movies like Roland West's The Bat Whispers, Bob Kane and Bill Finger collaborated to bring about their own great mystery detective/hero.
But the most drastic changing of the guard occurred when Joel Schumacher took the reigns from Tim Burton in 1995. The stark difference between the two's approach to Gotham is evident from the first shot. And though synergy was a part of the deal since 1989, Batman Forever strove to be more kid-friendly than Burton's border-line R-rated entries.
The colour, flamboyance and humour were all lighter, the performances more over-the-top wacky and the action setpieces were straight out of a 9-year-old's fever dream. To die hard fans, it was an insult.
Alas, a lot went into the planning and production of Batman Forever, some of which you may have glossed over. Here's a bit of a primer.