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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Batman Forever can be found here.

Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey) band together to destroy Batman (Val Kilmer), while Bruce Wayne takes on young circus acrobat Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell) as a ward after his parents and brother are killed by Two-Face. Meanwhile, Bruce is also falling in love with Doctor Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman), a psychologist specializing in multiple personalities (of which Gotham City seems to have its share).

No, although the movie IS based on characters created by American comic book artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger for DC Comics, first appearing in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939. It is the third movie in Warner Bros.' Batman film series, preceded by Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) and followed by Batman & Robin (1997). The screenplay was written by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, and Akiva Goldsman.

Gotham City is a fictional U.S. port city located on the north-eastern Atlantic coast. It was originally a stand-in for New York City, but has also resembled other crime-ridden urban centers such as Chicago and Detroit. Some sources, including Mayfair Games' authorized (but now out-of-print) Atlas of the DC Universe, have placed Gotham City in the state of New Jersey. The Gotham City of Christopher Nolan's (director for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises), is located in the middle of the estuary of the Liberty River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river separates most of Gotham from the mainland. The River Merchant divides Uptown from Midtown, while Midtown is separated from Downtown by the Gotham River. The Narrows is a small island in the Gotham River. A creek divides the district of South Hinkley from the rest of Gotham City. Gotham International Airport is in Pettsburg, to the north of the Liberty River estuary. The current DC Universe version of Gotham City is separated from the mainland by the Gotham River, bridged by a series of bridges and tunnels. The east and south sides of Gotham face the Atlantic Ocean. The city is further divided by the Sprang River (named for Dick Sprang) on the northern end and the Finger River (for Bill Finger) to the south. Tiny Blackgate Isle to the south-east is home to Blackgate Maximum Security Penitentiary. (Blackgate is replaced by Stonegate Penitentiary in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and its spin-offs.)

Former district Attorney Harvey Dent, once dedicated to fighting crime in Gotham City, was injured in an acid accident that left him disfigured on one side of his face. Harvey blames the accident on Batman and wants to see him dead. More of Dent's story can be seen in The Dark Knight (2008), although the two movies are not in the same franchise.

Yes. Edward Nygma, an employee of Wayne Industries, tried to sell Bruce on funding a device he invented for manipulating human brainwaves and transferring them into his own head. Bruce turns him down on the grounds that tampering with human minds presents too many problems, so Nygma tries it on himself, and it unhinges his already unstable mind, turning him into the Riddler.

There are three possible explanations: (1) Batman asked Commissioner Gordon where Chase Meridian was staying during her visit to Gotham City; (2) Chase told Batman to come to her house without saying where she lived. However, Bruce Wayne had already visited Chase's house before and, in that case, Batman would have no problem getting there; (3) She figured if he really wanted to come over, he'd make the effort to track her down. This would let her know that he was interested.

Faced with the choice of saving either Chase or Robin from falling into a pit of jagged rocks, Batman chooses instead to destroy the container holding all the stored brainwaves of the citizens of Gotham, driving Riddler into a massive mental breakdown but not before he sends Chase and Robin plunging to their deaths. Batman leaps in after them and manages to save both, landing safely on some scaffolding. Suddenly Two-Face appears to taunt Batman. As Two-Face flips his coin to determine whether or not to kill Batman, Batman tosses several other coins into the air above him. Flailing drastically to capture his real coin, Two-Face falls off the scaffolding and plunges to his death. Riddler is placed in Arkham Asylum, and Chase is called in for consultation when he keeps screaming that he knows Batman's true identity. When Chase asks him who is Batman, Edward claims that he is Batman while flapping the shredded sleeves of his strait jacket like a bat. Chase assures Bruce that Riddler is 'wacko' and that his secret is safe. Bruce returns the Malaysian dream warden to Chase and thanks her for giving him a new dream. In the final scene, Batman and Robin are seen running together in the glow of the bat signal.

Before deciding not to don the cape and cowl for a third time, Michael Keaton met with Joel Schumacher and declined to join the project after deciding that he did not like the direction in which Schumacher was looking to take the franchise. In the brief time that Tim Burton was still considering doing a third Batman film, Riddler was the only villain that he planned on using. The idea of using Two-Face did not come up until Schumacher joined the project.

In order to get the PG rating in Britain several scenes not suitable for younger children had to be cut. More than one and a half minutes are missing in this version. Fortunately an uncut BBFC 12 version does exist as well. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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