Batman Forever movie poster

Batman Forever is a 1995 American action film directed by Joel Schumacher. It is the sequel to 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns. The film was produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros., and was released on June 16, 1995.


Former district attorney, Harvey Dent, has become the deranged criminal Two-Face after mob boss Sal Maroni threw acid in the side of his face. The Batman manages to stop a hostage situation caused by Two-Face, but he escaped. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma, a researcher at Wayne Enterprises, resigns from his job after Bruce Wayne rejects his device which has the ability to beam television into peoples brains. Edward murders his supervisor Fred Stickley, but makes the murder look like a suicide. Later on, Bruce meets psychiatrist Dr. Chase Meridian, who is obsessed with the identity of Batman. While the two visit a circus event, Two-Face arrives with his henchmen. During the attack, Two-Face murders a family of acrobats, the Flying Graysons. Their youngest member, Dick Grayson, survives the attack and is taken in by Bruce.

Dick discovers Bruce's secret identity as Batman and insists on becoming his partner, Robin. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma becomes a criminal called the Riddler and allies with Two-Face. Edward becomes famous with his new device, but he is in fact sucking the secrets from Gotham's citizens and becoming more intelligent as a result. Edward discovers Bruce's identity and Two-Face ambushes Bruce at a business party, but Dick saves him. Chase discovers Bruce's identity as well, but is abducted by Two-Face and the Riddler. The Riddler leaves Batman a riddle to solve, revealing his identity. Batman and Robin, using the riddle, pinpoint the Riddler's lair and arrive. Robin battles Two-Face and overpowers him, but decides against killing him, giving Two-Face the opportunity to defeat him.

Two-Face and the Riddler hold Dick and Chase hostage and gives Batman to option to save only one. However, Batman manages to rescue both and destroys the Riddler's hourglass structure containing the brainwaves of his victims. The Riddler is driven into a mental breakdown as a result while Two-Face falls to his death. The Riddler is admitted to Arkham Asylum, thinking he himself is Batman due to his damaged mentality. Chase leaves Gotham while Batman continues to protect Gotham, aided by Robin.