As we all know Batman Forever was responsible for the campy turn on Batman which eventually led to the cinematic atrocity Batman And Robin. But what we don’t all know is that this was not always the case, Joel Shumacher wanted to reboot the franchise while keeping to the characters dark roots. The original cut supported this, with a story paying homage to The Dark Knight Returns. But after the failure of Batman Returns the studio wanted a more kid friendly film and they butchered the movie into the movie which was released.
In 2008 a fan editor named Scaperat attempted to restore the original cut with Batman Forever: Red Book Edition. But the edit was mediocre at best, the colors were way to muted, the deleted scenes not cleaned up, the choice of music for the deleted scenes poor, and in bad DVD quality.
What I plan to do is re attempt this task properly with a Blu Ray source, I will clean up the deleted scenes properly and edit in a Phantom Editor style way. Here is a basic idea of the cuts I plan to do.
1. Add all the deleted scenes and clean the up.
2. Remove as much jokes as possible.
3. Try to make the villains more sinister.
4. Make the end credits have Eliot Goldenthals score instead of the first pop song (A kiss from a rose will be kept)
5. Mute the colors a little bit but not as much as. Red Book Edition.