It has been widely reported how much Val Kilmer hated making Batman Forever and the miserable director of labor relations Joel Schumacher with him. The director previously called Kilmer “the most psychologically troubled human being I have ever worked with,” but later praised him as “the best Batman.” Although there have been various reports over the years as to why Kilmer did not return to the role of Batman & Robin – in conflict with The Saint, Schumacher did not want him to return – in a new interview , the actor recalled an incident on the set which crystallized for him why he needed to leave the role. In a conversation with the New York Times, Kilmer, who hated wearing the uncomfortable jumpsuit, told how he had learned that business magnate Warren Buffet and his grandchildren would be visiting the set that day, so he kept his suit on even after shooting.
But when the Buffets arrived, they didn’t want to meet Kilmer; they just wanted to play with the Batmobile and try on the mask. Kilmer understood at the time that, in the words of the Times, “Batman is not supposed to be a real guy. Batman is supposed to be so anonymous that the person watching him can see himself in him. “
The idea that anyone could be Batman, that the character was about to be nonspecific, said Method Kilmer actor about the role.
“This is why it is so easy to have five or six Batman,” Kilmer told The Times. “It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman. ”
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Val Kilmer’s new autobiography, I’m Your Huckleberry, is now available.