Val Kilmer knows exactly what went wrong with the earlier Batman films

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

It's been 17 years since Val Kilmer sported the cape and cowl for Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. But the actor still gets asked about his short stint as the Dark Knight. At this year's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, Kilmer participated in a Q&A where he discussed the good and bad from his superhero past.

By the mid-'90s, the Batman film franchise was on the decline. Six years after Tim Burton's 1989 revamp with Michael Keaton, the character began losing his edge. So what happened? Was Batman Forever the beginning of the end? According to Val Kilmer, at that point, things had gotten too campy and too "cute."

"In the original film the Joker gets the hell kicked out of him and thrown off the bell tower. He suffers, and that sort of went away. Things became cute. It's entertaining, but I think what they're doing with the Batman films now is more in the original spirit of the character."

Speaking of the current Batman, Kilmer had nothing but good things to say about director Christopher Nolan and his take on the character. He revealed, "They are doing what I hoped we would do, but didn't do."

In hindsight, Kilmer said the worst part of Batman Forever wasn't the reviews, but the suit. The physical act of getting into costume every day was a total nightmare.

"The suit takes an hour to get into, and you can't do it by yourself, and then you can't hear because there are really no ear holes in it. Also, you can't turn your head and you can't go to the bathroom by yourself. Plus, you fall over quite easily."

That's the one thing every Batman actor seems to have in common. They all hate the suit!

(via Spinoff Online)