When Batman Forever arrived in cinemas in 1995 the movie was accompanied by multiple merchandising opportunities and promotional tie-ins, including a fast food giveaway, toys, and games. The film was also joined by a soundtrack album featuring a song by Irish rock band, U2.
The song was Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – a popular track which rocketed up the charts worldwide. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me was number 1 in various countries, including U2’s home country of Ireland.
The video for Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, featured lead singer Bono, as well as the other members of the band, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. The video mixed live-action with animation and included clips from Batman Forever.
But was U2’s song merely a tie-in track, or was there another connection? Was the song linked to a cameo appearance in Batman Forever from lead singer Bono?
The answer is… no. However, it is rumoured that there was talk of including Bono in the movie.
During the early days of Batman Forever, it is said that director Joel Schumacher looked to include the singer in the movie, via a small cameo role. According to U2songs, the part would have seen Bono take on the appearance of MacPhisto, his devilish alter-ego who originally appeared on stage in U2’s Zoo TV Tour.
Despite attempts to work MacPhisto into the story, there simply wasn’t a place for him in Batman Forever. Instead, U2 provided a tie-in song only, with the character of MacPhisto appearing in the animated sequences of the video, alongside Bono’s other stage persona, The Fly.
So, did Bono appear in Batman Forever? No, he did not.
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