The late Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin are technically sequels to Burton’s films, but feel pretty far removed from them tonally and stylistically. There are rumors that a longer, darker cut of Batman Forever could be released one day. Batman & Robin is another notorious mess, but you could argue that without it we wouldn’t have seen the superhero movie renaissance that followed.
The first two installments of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy arrive as well. Without Batman & Robin, then Batman Begins wouldn’t have been necessary. And wouldn’t that have been a shame? Its sequel, The Dark Knight, is arguably the greatest superhero movie ever made, so any excuse to check it out is probably a good one.
On the non-movie front, August 1 also sees the HBO Max arrival of the Harley Quinn animated series. Originally produced for DC Universe, Harley Quinn has run for two seasons (hopefully there will be a third), and it is stunningly, impossibly funny, clever, with a surprising heart underneath it all. Highest possible recommendation.
August 15 sees the arrival of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), the DCEU adventure that explores the seedier side of Gotham City. The R-rated adventure underperformed at the box office, but it’s a stylish and original adventure, anchored by another terrific performance by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (reprising her role from the maligned Suicide Squad) and introducing important new characters to the DCEU like Huntress and Black Canary. Give this one a shot if you haven’t had the chance.