Sure, my personal vision of Gotham is something darker and more mysterious than what I get in , but if Burton gave us a sort of weird, 40’s-esque, noir New York, then Schumacher gave us a corrupt, colorful, 90’s Vegas, and I don’t think that’s such a ridiculous way of looking at Gotham City. (Seriously, can you think of a single superhero movie that doesn’t have one? I haven’t seen it, and it’s the only one that seems even remotely likely.) So, Chase’s first words to Batman are, “Hot entrance,” and I’m not saying you can’t be both an intellectual woman and a woman who makes the first move, but “hot entrance” is just stupid and besides, perhaps flirting can wait until after we’ve rescued the hostages? Batman says that Chase’s work is “insightful, naive, but insightful.” Which would have annoyed , personally, because I don’t take backhanded compliments all that well, but Chase is so turned on by the fact that Batman knows who she is that she apparently doesn’t mind being called naive and might as well fan herself as Batman makes a dramatic exit. Attaching an MD to a character’s name does not automatically make said character worthy of the audience’s respect, and not only do I not buy Chase Meridian as a psychologist (or, hell, even as an actual person), she’s not even half as sexy as Michelle Pfeiffer was in . And I must say, I’ve always felt a little bad for Dick Grayson. I buy his Anguish Face well enough, and while some of his lines flop pretty hard—“I’d rather see you in jail” springs to mind—I’m not sure who exactly would have saved them. Also, the scene where Robin does kung-fu laundry is one of the most awesomely ridiculous scenes of all time. (Which, hilariously, is sitting right there behind him.) 7. I mean, it’s different, sure, but we’re still talking Sin City. The next night, Chase uses the Bat Signal to get Batman’s attention and flirt with him some more. Which is sad, really, because clearly, that’s all Chase has to offer as a character. Chase has done her homework, so she makes a crack about Batman’s past love affairs, namely Catwoman—although, honestly, I’m not even sure how she could possibly know about the two of them—and continues flirting. who, yes, I totally had a crush on when I was nine years old. I have this thing for sidekicks, for wanting to know more about the man standing beside The Man, and in so many interpretations, Robin gets nothing to do but say things like, “Holy rusted metal, Batman! It still makes me laugh.) Chris O’Donnell as Robin may actually be the edgiest version of Robin that’s ever been seen on screen, and that’s . Besides, I love the scene where he steals the Batmobile and tries to pick up the En Vogue hookers. Seriously, this is totally how I would do my laundry.
and by “he” I mean Odell Beckham Jr, although REAGAN totally could have made this catch too…
It’s not like Joel Schumacher turned the town into Pleasantville or something. Oh, she has a “professional” reason for calling him, but even Batman isn’t fooled by this—because it’s the most useless, pop-psych bullshit ever. although, honestly, it kind of is, and why he has to pose with his hands on his hips to tell her this is beyond me. I will admit to liking the line, “I’ll bring the wine.
It’s totally cool to have a personal preference, but honestly, there are far more serious complaints to be had about this film. For instance, the romance between Bruce Wayne and Chase Meridian is absolute bullshit. (Also, FORESHADOW.) Batman is understandably annoyed by all this, reminding her that the Bat Signal is not a beeper . Chase then moves into straight seduction mode, and seriously, I’m all for a woman knowing what she wants, but there’s a line . You bring your scarred psyche,” but this does not at all make up for— Batman: “We all wear masks, doctor.” Chase: “My life’s an open book. ” —or half the other things these two say to each other in the course of this movie. Which, sadly, is still an improvement on what happens in the movie. This movie also introduces Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin.
Although I’m not actually sure why he’s there at all, to be honest—either he tell Commissioner Gordon about the riddles, just to keep up appearances, or he just wanted an excuse to meet Chase as Bruce Wayne instead of as a dark avenger of the night. ” Seriously, clearly I don’t like Chase myself, but if I were her, I’d be so pissed off right now.
Bruce sees a rorschach that, for fuck’s sake, is clearly a bat, and also a Malaysian Dream Warden that lets Chase have the incredibly deep insight that Bruce is something more than he seems. Still, when Bruce asks her out on a second date before they’re even halfway through the first one, she tells him that she’d love to, but she’s already met someone. Instead, she’s too busy mooning over the possibility of screwing Batman to even realize that what Bruce has just said borders on seriously dickish.