Batman & Robin director apologises for terrible film + watch Jaden Smith’s Batdab
As any die-hard Batman fans knows, the second most hated Batman film of all time (after Ben Affleck's performance in Batman vs Superman, natch) is the 1997 flop Batman & Robin. The film, which saw George Clooney play Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze was directed by Batman Returns' Joel Schumacher and is arguably best known as the "nipple' Batman, due to the suit's prominent nipples as well as a stellar showcase of Schwarzenegger delivering one-liner puns.
Well, this week, twenty years on, super-fans finally received the justice they deserved when, in an interview with Vice, Schumacher addressed that, yes, he knows the film was terrible. "Look, I apologize," he said. "I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that." Every fan knows that the film was rubbish, hell, as Vice points out, even the actors knew it. Chris O'Donnell said, "On Batman Forever, I felt like I was making a movie. The second time, I felt like I was making a kid's toy." While George Clooney famously said "It was a difficult film to be good in," not to mention the below interview with Graham Norton, where Clooney hilarouisly talks about filming the movie, going to Comi-Con on his Honeymoon and how he constantly apologises for his depiction of the Dark Knight.
Sadly, Schumacher also reveals how much the film affected his career. "And then after Batman & Robin, I was scum," he said. "It was like I had murdered a baby." Keep in mind, Schumacher was not some small-fry director - he was also the auteur behind St Elmo's Fire, The Lost Boys, Falling Down, The Phantom of the Opera, 8MM, A Time To Kill, The Client and more. "I take full responsibility. I walked into it with my eyes open and what I really feel bad about is the crew," he says. "We all know how great movie crews are. The special effects, stunt people, and everybody that breaks their asses along with the cast. Everybody worked really hard under very long hours. So I feel like their work wasn't acknowledged like it could have been." Of his decisions and why Batman Forever's Val Kilmer (the best Batman, if you ask me, didn't return) he says, "No one is responsible for my mistakes but me. I think one curve ball we got was at the eleventh hour; Val Kilmer quit due to a role he got in The Island of Dr. Moreau.... I talked to Val and all he kept saying is, "but man, it's Marlon Brando." It's not like he was on a hook and chain here, so Val went." He also notes that Clooney was an "obvious choice" for the studio because he was on-the-rise following his ER fame. "They obviously had very high expectations after Batman Forever. But perhaps it was the more innocent world in comparison, I don't know. I just know that I'll always go down over the nipples on Batman starting with Batman Forever." Read the full interview here.
In other Batman news, Batman superfan Jaden Smith (who famously wore a batsuit to his prom) dropped this single today, aptly titled "Batman". The clip sees Smith giving West's Batdance a new spin (can we please coin the term "batdab" already?) in an all-white Batsuit. Compare the two below.
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