Val Kilmer would welcome a return to the cape and cowl. Yes, Val Kilmer has publicly stated he would be interested in playing Batman once again. Kilmer appeared as The Dark Knight in the 1990’s endeavor Batman Forever.
Batman Forever is hardly considered a classic of the Batman mythos. Kilmer’s performance was not bad, but it was hardly a performance that is remembered with awe by fans. Kilmer’s comments about want to play Batman again does have some marketing benefits associated with it.
Kilmer is 57 years old, which could allow him to play the role of an older Batman ala The Dark Knight Returns. He is absolutely not going to play Batman on the big screen. Ben Affleck has that locked up. Kilmer’s star has long faded and he is not going to draw in audiences to a big screen Dark Knight Returns project. Besides, there are no plans to make a Dark Knight Returns film.
Could Kilmer appear as Batman in a video game? This is possible, but not very likely. The drawing power of Kilmer would be too minuscule. Likely, Kilmer made an off-the-cuff comment that some are taking seriously. Whether or not Kilmer takes the comment seriously or really meant it is anyone’s guess.
Kilmer was thought to be the perfect replacement for Michael Keaton. The problem was no one knew what direction to take the Batman franchise after Keaton and director Tim Burton left the series. While Batman Forever was a disappointment, Batman and Robin was a notorious franchise-ruining fiasco.
Yes, all this sounds a little bleak but the bleakness is based on the truth about the failures of the original Batman franchise. Kilmer may be able to celebrate his role as Batman by appearing at conventions. A return to the costume, however, is not likely at all.