Before Christopher Nolan brought new life to the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and its sequels, Joel Schumacher managed to almost universally disappoint and enrage Batman fans. His take on the character in Batman Forever and Batman and Robin ditched Tim Burton’s Gothic darkness in favour of a lighter, campier tone and rubber Bat-nipples. The problems with Schumacher’s Batman movies extended beyond what was on screen too, with Batman Forever‘s Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face) and Jim Carrey (the Riddler) becoming embroiled in an on-set rivalry.
Speaking recently on Norm Macdonald Live, Carrey revealed what he thought caused the issues with Jones:
“I was the star and that was the problem. He’s a phenomenal actor, though. I still love him.”
It sounds like the traditionally straight-laced Jones may not have been comfortable with the relative newcomer and often ridiculous Carrey taking centre stage as Batman Forever‘s primary antagonist. Carrey went on to describe how the rivalry led to an uncomfortable encounter with Jones at a restaurant during filming:
“The maitre said, “Oh, I hear you’re working with Tommy Lee Jones. He’s over in the corner having dinner.’ I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face. And he got up shaking — he must have been in mid kill me fantasy or something like that. And he went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”
Carrey also suggested the issue may have been Jones’ lack of familiarity with working in a comic book movie, saying:
“He might have been uncomfortable doing that work, too. That’s not really his style of stuff.”
It’s hard to tell whether the rivalry between the two actors can take too much of the blame for the issues with Batman Forever. Schumacher’s direction still seems to be the primary culprit there, as proven by his further failure to appease the fans in the even more ridiculous Batman and Robin. Though perhaps Jones’ envy of Carrey and unfamiliarity with the genre played some part in his uncharacteristically unhinged and over-the-top portrayal of Two-Face.
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The Justice League isn’t limited to the six members we saw in Zack Snyder’s film. The team has an expansive roster that features dozens of reserve characters ready to help the Justice League save the world on a moment’s notice.
With movies like the Green Lantern Corps and Shazam in the pipelines, it’s clear more heroes will be introduced to the DC Extended Universe soon. The Avengers featured a small team and it only grew as more characters were introduced into the Marvel movie universe. The Justice League is gonna need all the help it can get to fight Darkseid and keep the streets safe from lower-tier villains like Deathstroke and Joker.
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