Yeah, I'd read that too. I just don't buy it. Batman Forever's hardly a hotbed of theme, but if I had to go digging for one it's... that revenge can consume you if you let it? I'm not seeing the overlap.I remember it said it felt too much like Batman Forever in terms of theme and character arc. Though the real reason is likely that the script doesn't yield much of a toy line like they wanted.
The "toyetic" hypothesis seems much more likely. Who wants to knock out toys for a film where the principle cast dies in the first twenty minutes and society descends into chaos before our hero, reborn in his own son's body, rises from the sewers to save the day?
I'd still love to know what Lemkin had in mind for the second half, even if he never got it down. "Bold" doesn't even cover it.