Rob Leane Jun 19, 2017
It may have shifted a fair few toys and given us some great Arnie lines to recite, but Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin will mainly be remembered as a franchise killer. What Tim Burton began with the luscious, gothic brace of Batman and Batman Returns, Schumacher well and truly wrote off with the colourful crapness of Batman & Robin.
The Bat-franchise managed to live on after Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones chewed the scenery into tiny little pieces during Batman Forever, but Bat-nipples, “cool party!”, and Alfred making a skin-tight costume for his niece was just too much for the series to survive.
Nowadays, if reviewers savage a film, the cast and crew come out and defend it. They say things like ‘we made this for the fans, »
Look, nobody ever said making a movie was easy. Actually, that’s not true; making a movie would be relatively simple. Making a good movie is a far different matter. And making a big blockbuster film, which involves hundreds—if not thousands—of people, all working in tandem in a massive network of interconnected responsibilities, all trying their damnedest to make a piece of entertainment that can distract you, if only fleetingly, from the endless drudgery of existence? That seems like a very tall order indeed. Which is why Joel Schumacher, director of the 1997 exercise in thinly veiled S&M rubberized bondage play, Batman & Robin, would like to apologize to everyone for making such a shitty movie.
“Look, I apologize,” Schumacher says in a new interview with Vice. “I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.” The director is relatively ...
- Alex McLevy
While the likes of Citizen Kane and The Godfather are associated with being the pinnacle of cinematic quality, Batman & Robin exists on the other end of the spectrum, living its life in the depths thanks to its hammy acting, unintentionally funny moments and having the artistic quality of a Happy Meal toy. Director Joel Schumacher is often the blame, and the director wants every fan to know he's still... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Joel Schumacher’s much-maligned “Batman & Robin” turns the big 2-0 later this month, and in celebration, the filmmaker has finally taken the time to pretty much disavow the entire rubber-nippled affair. Happy birthday, “Batman & Robin”?
In a telling new Vice interview (via Entertainment Weekly), the filmmaker opens up about the 1997 superhero film starring George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell which nearly tanked both his career and the Batman franchise as a whole. (For context, the film currently holds a shocking 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any modern Batman-centric film, including such other critically bashed features like “Batman Forever” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and it made less than $108 million at the domestic box office, another low for the franchise.)
Schumacher told the outlet, “Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan »
- Kate Erbland
“I think [Bat nipples] that will be on my gravestone. It’s how I’ll be remembered,” Joel Schumacher reflected a few years ago. Indeed, despite directing a string of hits before it arrived, “Batman & Robin,” remains one of the more infamous entries in the comic book movie canon, and a stain on the director’s resume. Still, even though he’s taken a beating from fans and while the film continues to be a punchline, Schumacher remains philosophical about it all.
Continue reading “It Was Like I Had Murdered A Baby”: Joel Schumacher Apologizes For ‘Batman & Robin’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Batman & Robin is an objectively terrible movie, possibly still the worst superhero movie ever made. But it’s been 20 years now…can’t we all just relax? It’s two decades later and director Joel Schumacher is still apologizing for the garish, neon-soaked nightmare that is Batman & Robin. And while I’m willing to forgive him on some […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Joel Schumacher is apologizing for “Batman & Robin” 20 years after the film’s release. In a new interview with Vice, Schumacher, 77, says he’s sorry if he let down the fans with his critically panned movie. “Look, I apologize,” Schumacher said. “I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe […] »
- Jordan Appugliesi
Coming Soon brings us word that Sony Pictures has released the poster, and trailer, to the new movie Flatliners, the remake of the 1990 Joel Shumacher film which starred Julia Roberts and Keifer Sutherland. The remake stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna. The story centers around five college students who perform a dangerous experiment that tries to prove there is life after death. As each has a unique near death experience, they deal with the sins of their past while also dealing with the consequences of playing with the afterlife.
I am one of the few folks who tries to give remakes a chance. The original Flatliners movie wasn't bad at all. It wasn't a classic of film history, but the premise for the movie was a unique idea. What would happen if people could find a way to prove that there is life after death? What would be the consequences of their actions? »
- Tim Jousma
Author: Scott Davis
Somehow, this month marks the 20th anniversary of Batman & Robin, the much-maligned and slated fourth installment in the first Batman series of films that was directed by Joel Schumacher. Where does the time go? Fans, of course, still hold the film as the worst in the franchise’s history, and is considered one of the worst superhero films ever.
So, in commemoration of the anniversary, director Schumacher has been speaking about the film and its impact, both good and bad, on the history of the character and indeed how it has helped shaped the superhero genre as it exits today. Speaking to Vice, Schumacher issues another apology to fans for the film, which he says wasn’t intended to be disappointment:
“Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.”
He went on to discuss the »
- Scott Davis
Batman & Robin is definitely considered to be one of the worst superhero movies of all time. After two decades, the director Joel Schumacher has officially apologised for letting fans down. It’s hard to talk about bad comic book movies and not mention 1997’s Batman & Robin starring George Clooney as Batman. While Clooney has […]
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- Edward Nigma
Batman & Robin is notoriously regarded as one of the worst comic book films ever made, and now 20 years later even its director Joel Schumacher is apologizing to Batman fans for putting such a disaster into existence.
Speaking to Vice on the 20th anniversary of the film, Schumacher said: “Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that. 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.”
Regarding the controversial Bat-Nipples, Schumacher went on to add that: “Such a sophisticated world we live in where two pieces of rubber the size of erasers on old pencils, those little nubs, can be an issue. It’s going to be on my tombstone, »
- Robert Kojder
A character with as much history as Batman is bound to end up in some pretty terrible adaptations, be it in film, television, gaming, etc. Thankfully, most of the Caped Crusader’s efforts outside of the comics have been enjoyable and well executed affairs, but when it comes to the stinkers, there’s perhaps none more disastrous than Joel Schumacher’s critically derided Batman & Robin.
Following on from Tim Burton’s two outings with the iconic hero, Schumacher’s version took a vastly different approach to the Dark Knight, and bombed because of it. We’re not going to start getting into everything that’s wrong with the film, as we’d be here all day, but it’s remembered for being one of the Bat’s lowest points and nearly killed the entire franchise as far as big screen adaptations go. In fact, it basically did, until Christopher Nolan came along to save it. »
- Matt Joseph
Batman has had an interesting history on screen. The character goes from huge highs, like The Dark Knight, to pretty big lows, like Batman & Robin, a movie that many consider to be one of the worst superhero movies of all time. Now, the man responsible for that dreadful disaster of a Batman movie, director Joel Schumacher, has officially apologized for making it.
In honor (is honor the right word?) of Batman & Robin turning twenty this year, Vice spoke with Joel Schumacher about his time with the Batman franchise. One of the first things he did while talking to the publication was straight-up say sorry for Batman & Robin.
"Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that."
Oh, Batman and Robin. This is a flick that’s gone down in history as one of the worst films ever made. Yes, you have movies like Fantastic Four and Green Lantern that people love to hate, but even those movies are g***amn Citizen Kane compared to the likes of Batman and Robin. Coming off of the likes of Batman Forever, fans definitely expected it to have more of a light tone, but no one could prepare them for the flurry of ice puns, bat nipples, sloppy filmmaking, and even sloppier writing.
Director Joel Schumacher has already gone on the record over a decade ago that he was sorry to those who hated the film, but fandom doesn’t forget atrocities like Batman and Robin. Speaking in an interview with Vice, Schumacher and the interviewer got blunt about the film and why it crashed and burned the way it did, »
- Joseph Medina
Joel Schumacher feels really bad about abomination that was 1997’s “Batman and Robin.” He’s publicly spoken about before about the film that put an end to the franchise before Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” reboot in 2005, apologizing to fans who felt slighted. In a new interview with Vice, the filmmaker revisits the disaster again, saying, “After ‘Batman & Robin,’ I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby.” “Look, I apologize,” added Schumacher. “I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.” Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' and the 5 Words That Saved DC Movies. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
It's a good day to bring a 90s cult classic back from the dead. Well, as good a day as any, at least. Get ready for some defibrillators, heart monitors and Diego Luna with a mullet, because after a very long time of knowing this movie is happening and not a whole lot to show for it, the very first trailer for the Flatliners remake has arrived. Good or bad, this looks to be a very different spin, at least tonally, to what director Joel Schumacher gave us in 1990.
Sony Pictures released the trailer for the Flatliners remake today, giving us our first look at director Niels Arden Oplev's take on the premise that was first introduced to us in 1990. While the shell of this version seems very much the same, medical students intentionally stopping their hearts in order to see what happens to them after they die, this »
What happens when you intentionally stage a near-death experience? Ptsd and more haunting nightmares than the human brain can possibly handle, that’s what.
That’s the predicament facing five best-in-class medical students in today’s first look trailer for Flatliners, Sony’s thrilling follow-up that’s set to flicker into life this September. Headed up by Ellen Page, Diego Luna (Rogue One), Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons, this long-in-development sequel is coming by way of Niels Arden Oplev, the Danish filmmaker best known for his work on the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series.
That means Oplev is well versed in reworking dark, brooding drama for a modern-day audience, but for all of the talent attached – behind the lens, and in front – today’s two trailers fall flat rather quickly. We begin with Ellen Page’s curious med student pushing the boundaries of life itself, only to emerge radically different. »
- Michael Briers
"It's a good day to die!" Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for the remake of Flatliners, the movie about medical students who temporarily stop their hearts in order to experience the afterlife. The original film was directed by Joel Schumacher and opened in 1990, sort of becoming a cult classic over the years. This new film is directed by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev, of the original The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, and seems to be more horror than suspense. The cast of this new Flatliners includes Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. So this seems to have a few nods to Jacob's Ladder or even Final Destination, which is an interesting twist. Hopefully it turns out okay. Here's the first official trailer for Niels Arden Oplev's Flatliners, direct from Sony's YouTube: Five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what »
- Alex Billington
Sony has dropped the first trailer for Flatliners, the Niels Arden Oplov-helmed project based on the 1990 sci-fi Joel Schumacher film of the same name. The reboot, which has the tagline "you haven't lived until you've died," sees five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. Each time triggers a near-death experience, giving them a… »
"Maybe we opened a door." They're intrigued by death rather than fearful of it, but just like the characters in Joel Schumacher's 1990 film, the medical students in the new Flatliners movie are in over their heads when it comes to the afterlife, as evidenced by Sony Pictures' first trailer for the film.
"In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side."
- Derek Anderson
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