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Old September 5 2012, 03:17 AM   #33
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Re: Why didn't Val Kilmer return for Batman & Robin?

I've read of a few theories

First was scheduling conflict. The Batman films are usually released at least 3 years a part, except for B&R. B&R was released 2 years after Batman Forever. Val Kilmer was unaware of the fast track production that the studio execs pushed for, and commited himself to the Saint.

Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997) 2 yrs

Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Also heard that Val Kilmer and Joel Schumacher did not get along during Batman Forever. I remember hearing Joel said something like "I do not want to work with Val ever again, and I think the feeling is mutual." Val probably think he's lucky that he wasn't in B&R.

I think most of the problems of Batman & Robin came from executive meddling. Sequel rushed out the door and made to sell toys. It all reeks of profit maximization.
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