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Tommy Lee Jones Hated Jim Carrey, And Other Stories From The Making Of 'Batman Forever'

Though Batman Returns scared off many viewers with its dark storyline and psychosexual undertones, a third entry in the Batman franchise was never in doubt. But with the continuation of the series came a number of significant changes. First, Warner Bros. replaced the departing Tim Burton with Joel Schumacher in the director's chair. And even more dramatically, there was a new face under the cowl itself - gone was Michael Keaton, with Val Kilmer in his place.

Though Schumacher was eventually perceived as a villain by fans of the first two entries, the Lost Boys director genuinely wanted the Batman franchise to succeed and for Batman Forever to be as big a hit as possible. The proof is in the casting decisions, which included Tommy Lee Jones - fresh off an Academy Award win - and Jim Carrey, who was flying high on the trifecta of Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask.

Turns out those two stars couldn’t have been more mismatched; their behind-the-scenes acrimony only added to the already dicey situation brewing thanks to Kilmer’s reportedly difficult behavior. Though Batman Forever was a financial success - it was the second-highest-grossing film of 1995, behind only Toy Story - many involved in its production consider it a regrettable experience. Even Schumacher, who's no stranger to larger-than-life situations, said he’d never work with Tommy Lee Jones again.

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