My my my, where to begin?
The 2 star average sums up this movie pretty well, and I even think that's too generous. For starters, this movie has far too many characters; 3 heroes and 3 villains. The problem is that in a 2 hour movie, you simply can't develop all of these characters. Most of them are thrown to the side for a while, then come back, disappear, and then everything converges at the end, resonant of a train wreck.
I'm actually a fan of Schwarzenegger, not for his acting, but for his campy delivery of lines and pure chessiness factor. But why in the name of all that is holy was he cast as Mr.Freeze? This simply boggles the mind. Did the producers ever watch the animated series? Ever read the comic books? I doubt it, for they would have seen that Arnold resembles the villain about as much as Roseanne resembles Britney Spears. Patrick Stewart was originally slated to play Mr.Freeze, but fortunately he had the wits to read the script and realize what a stinkfest this movie was shaping into. My Lord, can you imagine if he actually took this role? I reckon he'd have jumped from the highest roof soon after.
To this day, I believe that Bane was included in the script about a week before the movie was finished. He's represented as a brainless bodyguard. The real Bane (well, in the comics and cartoons) was actually one of Batman's cleverest enemies, who outsmarted the Dark Knight on multiple occassions. Oh who am I kidding, these are minor details right? Bane CRUSH!!! Bane DESTROY!!!
Ahem, anyway, if you're a huge Batman fan, please avoid this one like the plague. Even if you're someone who wants to complete their Batman collection, I still woudn't buy this! The Animated Series (1992-1995) is infinitely better, as are the movies (Mask of the Phantasm and SubZero). As for this movie, well, it's about as appealing as a fart on a crowded elevator.