Following the success of the film Batman Begins, a reimagining of the story that looks to begin a new franchise, all of the modern Batman films have been released on DVD in deluxe 2-disc editions. From Tim Burton's masterpiece to the lavish and fairly gay Batman & Robin (1997). In looking at the stars of those four films you witness the rise and fall of fame. Like how those who were once top-billed are now less than famous. Or how the guy some say ruined the franchise may be the biggest star in the world today.
To begin, here are the stars of the four pre-Batman Begins films ranked in terms of their fame at the time the films were released:
Billy Dee Williams
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Tommy Lee Jones
Chris O' Donnell
Batman & Robin (1997)
Chris O' Donnell
Ever since Jack Nicholson chewed the scenery as "The Joker" in Batman, the villains were bigger stars than whoever was wearing the bat suit. Arnold Schwarzenegger versus George Clooney as an example. Big names clamored after roles in the series and continued to do so even after the flop that was Batman & Robin. Rumors were that Howard Stern was going to be "The Scarecrow" with possibly Madonna in another role.
Since these films were made the celebrity heat meter can be recalibrated to view the stars as they are today late in 2005. For some it has been quite a crash, Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfieffer have not made a hit film in years. Others have seen their popularity preserved like Jim Carrey, Jack Nicholson and Uma Thurman. And then there is George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, mid-level stars at the time of their films who now sit at a hallowed place of Hollywood respect.