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You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. Now... because I choose to be.
~ Batman.
I'll get Drive Thru.
~ Batman to Alfred

Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, is the protector of Gotham City and the main protagonist of this incarnation of Batman in the 1995 feature film, Batman Forever.

He was portrayed by Val Kilmer, who played Chris Knight in Real Genius, Madmartigan in Willow and Moses in The Prince of Egypt.

In the Film

Early life

Bruce urged his parents to take him to the theater, and his father Thomas Wayne gave in. The family went to the Monarch Theater to see Footlight Frenzy. After the movie, the family happily walked down the sidewalk and into an alleyway. In the alley the Waynes were confronted by two thugs. One of them goes up to them and tore Martha's pearl necklace off her neck, and Thomas struggled with that thug. The second thug pulled out a gun and shot down Thomas.

Martha screamed, and she was then shot down by the same thug. The thug that Thomas had struggled with began to run away, as the thug with the gun approached Bruce, saying, "Tell me kid ... you ever dance with the Devil by the pale moon light?" The thug with the gun came out of the shadows wearing a wide, demented grin. The cops could be heard coming and the first thug shouted, "Man, let's go!" Just as the thug cocked the gun, he then turned upon hearing, "Let's go, Jack!" Jack then turned back to Bruce and said, "See you around, kid", and began to walk away, leaving Bruce alone in the alley. Little did he know that his prediction would come true — that he and Bruce would meet again.

On the night of his parents' wake, the priest's words gave the distraught Bruce no comfort. Bruce walked over to his father's desk and noticed a red book lying on it. Bruce took the red book and ran out into a powerful storm. He fell in to a centuries old cave. When he got up he looked forward and saw a figure approaching him in the darkness. It was a giant bat. Bruce was at first scared but then decided to take that image and put fear into the hearts of criminals.

Fighting Two-Face and Helping Dick Grayson

In Gotham, Batman arrived at Second Gotham Bank to stop Two-Face who was committing a robbery. Batman foiled the robbery but Two-Face escaped. While at the bank Batman encountered Dr. Chase Meridian and they shared an instant attraction towards one another. Bruce Wayne then pursued the relationship. At Wayne Enterprises Edward Nygma developed The Box which spiked images directly into the users brain. Bruce stopped the project which pushed Nygma to become the Riddler. Wayne took Chase Meridian to the circus where Two-Face arrived, threatening to blow up the circus unless Batman revealed his true identity. The Flying Graysons got rid of the bomb but Dick Grayson was the only member to survive. Bruce allowed Dick to stay at his mansion as he sees similarities to himself but Dick does not want to accept that.

Story with Chase and The Riddler's Rising to Power

Bruce revealed to Chase that he was being haunted by suppressed memories. Bruce then took Chase to Nygma's the box launch where he tested the box supplying the Riddler with the knowledge of Batman's true identity. After the battle with Two-Face in the subway, Bruce is left in the dilemma of continuing to be Batman, seeing as it GNN news intimidated him and Two-Face for the destruction of the subway and saw that he was just Batman to fight against their greatest fear, decides to give up being Batman also to have a normal life with Chase. Later, Edward Nigma goes totally crazy and kills his own boss, throwing him to the sea, after that, Nigma went to his house, and suiting up as an enemy to Batman to kill and defeat him. Nigma costumed, decides to call himself The Riddler and goes to team up with Two-Face against Batman. Nigma develops much more as he can "The Box" - a kind of a special weapon that hypnotizing all Gotham City's civilians in order to rule the entire city.

The Riddler and Two-Face teams up and Teaming Up with Dick

The Riddler and Two-Face invaded Wayne Manor, destroy the Batcave and kidnap Chase. The next day Bruce has been temporarily amnesiac; does not remember being Batman, by what Alfred what leads to him to a section of the Batcave where he entails fight his nightmares and his fear. In this section observes his father's diary and realizes that the death of his parents was never his fault and then finds the secret of the Batcave, the giant bat. After rehabilitation and accept that is Batman, Bruce and Alfred solve the last riddle and discover that Riddler is none other than Edward Nygma. Both the time they go to a chamber tests the Batcave where Bruce used the new prototype Sonar Batsuit. Dick Grayson assumed the identity of Robin and went with Batman to save Chase.

The Battle in The Claw Island and Defeating the Villains

They got to the island that the Riddler and Two-Face had made their base, Two-Face captured Robin and the Riddler tried to force Batman to make a choice between Chase and Robin. Batman destroyed the mind device, driving the Riddler insane and then sending him to Arkham Asylum. Then he saved Chase and Robin whom a crazed Riddler dropped to their expected deaths. Two-Face confronted the trio but his weakness of needing confirmation from his coin gave Batman the upper hand. Two-Face flipped his coin and Batman threw a handful of coins at him which made him lose his coin and his balance and he fell to his death. Taking pity on his former employee, Batman answered the Riddler's riddle ("You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. But because I choose to be."). It is unknown if the Riddler actually understood the answer well or not, but just when Batman was about to take Riddler into custody, Riddler began to scream wildly, as he began to hallucinate a giant bat flying towards him. He is then, afterwards, taken to the authorities and convicted to a life prison sentence in Arkham Asylum. After dropping off The Riddler at Arkham Asylum (The Riddler thanks to his damaged memories thanks he's Batman as he moves his arms like a flying bat and then laughing insanely when Dr. Chase asks him and then saying please who was Batman. As such, Chase tells Bruce that his secret is safe, citing that Nygma is now a complete lunatic.), Batman continued to operate in Gotham City, with his new partner, Robin.

Batsuit

At some point after saving Gotham from the Penguin's nefarious scheme, Batman designed a new Batsuit. This suit was modeled in a Roman Gladiator fashion, and designed to make enemies believe its anatomical features were Batman's own, blending armor and flesh. He also designed a new cowl with lenses that focused on a selected target. The Batsuit also kept the bat-symbol golden ellipse from the last two Batsuits. The golden utility belt from the last two Batsuits is replaced by a black utility belt.

After The Riddler destroys both the Batcave and the Batsuits, Batman uses a sonar suit with the same lenses that focused on a selected target and a large bat-symbol minus the golden ellipse on the chest.

Trivia

  • The sonar suit worn by Val Kilmer is later worn by George Clooney in Batman & Robin where Bruce Wayne gives Alfred his medicine.
  • William Baldwin, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kurt Russell, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Ethan Hawke, Ralph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin and Keanu Reeves were all considered for the role before Kilmer was cast, William Baldwin would later voice the chracter in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
  • Val Kilmer learned he was the new Batman while he was literally in a bat cave in Africa, doing research for The Ghost and the Darkness. He accepted the role without reading the script.
  • Val Kilmer and director Joel Shumacher clashed during filming. Schumacher described Kilmer as "childish and impossible." According to Schumacher, Kilmer refused to talk to him for two weeks.
  • The Batsuit was so heavy that Kilmer lost five pounds filming the opening fight scene alone.
  • Val Kilmer was asked if he wanted to play Batman again but by his own admission and due to his commitment with The Saint, was not interested.

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