Think about everything you know about Batman Forever. Chances are, there is one thing you have forgotten – but what is it?
OK, so first and foremost Batman Forever is a Batman film; it was released in 1995 as a sequel to Batman Returns (1992); it starred Val Kilmer as the Caped Crusader; and it was directed by Joel Schumacher. All of this you remember, right?
You also remember the two main villains in the film are the Riddler and Two-Face; you remember that Robin makes an appearance; and that Nicole Kidman plays the part of Dr. Chase Meridian. Yep, all these things are also correct.
But dig deep in your mind, and think about everything you know about the film. Now, I wonder do you remember that Batman Forever is set at Halloween?
Yep, it’s true.
Batman Forever is set at Halloween
The events of Batman Forever take place in October and at one point across Halloween – yet few people remember this! And you will be forgiven if you forgot, or simply didn’t know about the Halloween setting – the seasonal holiday is only briefly touched upon during the movie.
The reference to Halloween comes shortly after the Riddler and Two-Face discover Bruce Wayne is secretly Batman. The pair hatch a plan to locate the Batcave and this involves breaking into Wayne Manor on Halloween night.
As Bruce’s trusty butler, Alfred dishes out candy to kids, Two-Face and Riddler arrive at Wayne Manor. With the costumed kids proving to be a welcome distraction, the villains enter the Manor grounds undetected, walk up to the front door and yell “trick or treat.”
An unsuspecting Alfred opens the door, only to be knocked unconscious. The goons then make their way inside, attack Bruce Wayne and locate (and destroy) the Batcave.
Job done and the reference to Halloween is pretty much done too. But it’s there!
Unlike Batman Returns, which is clearly set at Christmas, Batman Forever’s setting is more subtle. The reference is only brief, but it is part of the story, so maybe you will remember this next time you are recalling facts about Batman Forever.
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