In 1995, Val Kilmer donned the Bat-suit to play the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the live-action movie, Batman Forever. Kilmer replaced previous Batman actor, Michael Keaton for what became a very successful Batman movie.

But how many of the Batman movies feature Val Kilmer?


The Val Kilmer Batman movies

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Val Kilmer played the role of the Caped Crusader for one Batman movie: Batman Forever. The film marked the only time Kilmer played the character in a big screen adventure.

When the series continued beyond Kilmer’s involvement, George Clooney took on the lead role for Batman & Robin (1997).

Who directed Batman Forever?

Joel Schumacher directed Batman Forever. In total, Schumacher directed two Batman films – one with Kilmer and one without.


Why did Val Kilmer only appear in one Batman movie?

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According to Kilmer, he agreed to work on the film The Saint (of which he played the lead role), and was unaware that Warner Bros. Pictures would green light another Batman sequel so quickly. So, when he got the call he said he was unavailable.

Speaking about the situation on the documentary, Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, director Joel Schumacher said:

“I was angry at Val and his representatives at the time, because they let us know at the last second – that’s what I was angry at. I wasn’t angry that Val wasn’t doing the movie, I was angry that we found out at like the eleventh hour.”

Who are the cast of the Val Kilmer Batman movie?

In Batman Forever Kilmer worked alongside Chris O’Donnell, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, Drew Barrymore, Debi Mazar, Michael Gough and Pat Hingle.


What is the critical reception of Batman Forever?

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According to IMDb, Batman Forever is rated as follows:

  • Batman Forever (1995) – 5.4/10

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