The latest Film Twitter trend is “#ReleaseTheSchumacherCut” – a rally cry from DC fans for Warner Bros. to release a longer cut of director Joel Schumacher‘s Batman Forever film. Longtime producer Akiva Goldsman confirmed a different cut of Batman Forever exists, saying, “I got to see it recently, the very first one, which was referred to as Preview Cut One, and it was really dark, it was a pretty psychological exploration of guilt and shame.”
Joel Schumacher died in June of 2020, but as Batman Forever marks its 27th anniversary of release today, fans are still pushing for Schumacher’s “true” vision to be released in theaters – as is the style of the times.
Check out the some of the top posts in support of releasing the Schumacher Cut of Batman Forever:
27 years ago today, June 16th, 1995 – Batman Forever was released in Theaters.
Batman: the animated series inspired ‘Batman Forever’ poster by https://t.co/hFXUM1AxUM#ReleaseTheSchumacherCut #BTAS pic.twitter.com/2JX3tAbD4B
It’s been over two decades since we were all singing “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal, while sipping from Batman Forever collector’s cups.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at some of the original production ideas Joel Schumacher had for Batman Forever. As you can see, it was quite different than the campy neon world we ultimately got in theaters.
If you need to actually see an example of what Joel Schumacher REALLY wanted to do with Batman Forever… Look no further.
As a lifelong Batman fan, Batman Forever is the film that started it all for me. Joel Schumacher had his cut he wanted to share for years and sadly now will never witness its release to the world firsthand, we need to make sure his legacy is done right #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut pic.twitter.com/yzGPNAFFM7
It’s no secret that Schumacher wanted to see his cut of Batman Forever on the screen. Now more and more fans want the legacy of that wish to be honored.
If you don’t know by now, DC fans can be unrelenting in their collective quest for directorial justice.
If ever there was a Batman movie nostalgia event that would draw masses of fans into theaters – this is it.
Could this be the moment that finally turns the tide and gets The Schumacher Cut of Batman Forever into theaters?
Today’s the day! as a DC fan from childhood, I would very much like to see the original vision of Joel Schumacher with Batman Forever. A darker, 3-hour version of that story. Would be a wonderful tribute to the legendary Joel Schumacher #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut pic.twitter.com/jET03sw9JB
If there is anything that motivates Warner Bros. and DC, it’s new opportunities for Batman merch. Well, as you can see…
Dear @wbd, it would be a wonderful opportunity to #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut. If it is possible to release an extended version with the deleted scenes. It can be a hit on HBO Max. Providing a way to honor director Joel Schumacher. While bringing fans an enhanced experience. pic.twitter.com/TtYUZLgPTo
There’s a perfectly good HBO Max streaming service sitting right there waiting for use…