Why Joel Schumacher's Batman Universe would be a great place to live
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Out all the Batman films, there is no doubt that Joel Schumacher’s are the worst. For years the Schumacher films have been hammered by fans and critics alike and honestly, rightly so. The director's two movies are terribly written, badly edited, and generally messy, filled with laughable stunts and some awful acting. It gets very hard to sit through at times. Surprisingly though, the universe Joel Schumacher created would actually be a great place to live in for a number of reasons. The first of which is that this is the least scary Gotham seen on screen by far. When compared to Nolan’s Gotham, which is almost constantly subject to mass terrorist threat, Schumacher’s more whacky version of the city seems far less threatening. In fact, there’s a lot about Schumacher’s Gotham that comes off as kind of cool were you actually to live there; the giant Greek looking statues, the huge gothic skyscrapers, outrageous street races with a bunch of crazy characters. There are also the ganglands, which are covered in striking neon paint - the same kind that covers the more acrobatic than scary thugs that roam those territories. A stroll through Schumacher’s Gotham at night would feel more like being at some weird paint party than in a run-down, crime ridden city. But it’s not just the thugs that are colourful looking figures. The villains of both Batman Forever and Batman and Robin are far too ridiculous looking to feel threatening and, if anything, watching them try to take over the city on the news would just make again for some entertaining viewing. With characters like Jim Carrey’s Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones’ Two Face, crime would be far more interesting.
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