BATMAN FOREVER AFTER:
*An early chapter in the novelisation filled in background details on Batman/Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Harvey Dent, which helped sell the friendship between the characters that was tested once Harvey became Two-Face. The novelisation created more depth to the character who was not treated so well onscreen.
*The novelisation made references to the previous two Batman films, including Jack Napier’s line about ‘dancing with the devil...’ from Batman and mentions of Penguin, Catwoman and Penguin’s Red Tent gang from Batman Returns. As well as that there was a reference to Poison Ivy, although at that point Ivy hadn’t appeared in the Batman franchise.
*Dr Chase Meridian and a young Richard ‘Dick’ Grayson met earlier in the story than they did in the film, when Chase’s purse was stolen and Richard retrieved it.
*Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher has reportedly said that the original cut of Batman Forever was 2hr 40mins long, but was trimmed to keep the story tighter. One of the most famous cut scenes that appeared in the novelisation, but not in the film was an early sequence that saw Harvey ‘Two-Face’ escape from Arkham Asylum. Although the scene didn’t appear in the film, it did feature in the comic adaptation, the sticker album and briefly in U2’s ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’ music video. As the scene was cut from the film a number of subsequent scenes were re-ordered from how they appeared in the novelisation, so that the film made sense.
*Detective Harvey Bullock appeared in the novelisation. He didn’t appear in the film.
*Akiva Goldsman, one of the three scriptwriters for Batman Forever notoriously wrote the script for Batman & Robin (1997).
*All of the Batman films in Warner Bros original series of movies were accompanied by a novelisation. Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) were written by Craig Shaw Gardner and Batman & Robin (1997) was written by Michael Jan Friedman. Friedman’s novelisation made a reference to the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow. Neither characters had made appearances in any of the films, but were rumoured villains for future Bat-movies, including the planned (but never made) fifth film, Batman Triumphant.