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Batman & Robin might be the worst, or underappreciated, Batman movie ever made depending on who you ask. The movie was critically panned, and Joel Schumacher was presumably given a restraining order from every Batman property in existence. However, what if the movie succeeded? In an alternate universe, where Batman & Robin was a triumph, what would a Joel Schumacher Batman sequel would have looked like? In an interview with THR, his answer was surprising…
“I always wanted to do a whole Arkham movie, and did a scene at the end of Batman Forever when Jim Carrey is in a straitjacket and Nicole Kidman comes to see him. And it was just a nod to back to Arkham Asylum which I love, and I thought it would be fun to put the other villains up there.”
See Also: Joel Schumacher apologises for Batman & Robin, talks Bat-Nipples
See Also: Can we all just admit that Batman & Robin was kind of awesome?
A Joel Schumacher led Arkham Asylum movie would have been a sight to behold. Often cited as one of the best Batman comics ever created, Arkham Asylum delved deep into the Caped Crusader’s psyche, and his relationship to his rogues gallery. At times the comic painted Batman as a literal monster. Would the movie have starred George Clooney? More importantly: would Batman have still had Bat-nipples?
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- Jordan Jones
When we think of the great directors that have lent their talents to the Batman film franchise, odds are that either Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan immediately spring to mind. And although Joel Schumacher is a highly competent filmmaker, Batfans the world over never hesitate to spew venom at the man who brought us Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Well, more so for the latter. The former actually is adored by a decent amount of people.
Now, we’re not here to criticize Batman & Robin because I could probably do that all day (if you’ve read our 20 year retrospective on the film, you’d know that I nearly damn well did just that). What we’re actually here to do is to ponder what could have been had Schumacher been given license to make the movie he wanted to.
Having read that statement, you might be confused, but let it be known that Schumacher was kind of a hired gun that made a couple movies with a family friendly tone that WB thought Burton’s Batman Returns lacked, lest they not move enough toys. The truth, however, is that he always wanted to adapt Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One to the big screen, something that came very close to happening several years later under the watch of Darren Aronofsky.
Still, that hasn’t stopped some from thinking Schumacher had a script ready to go, which he wasn’t afraid to shoot down in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
“I remember a few journalists calling me and saying, ‘There’s a rumor that you felt you never got to make your Batman movie and that you had a secret script. And that you were going to shoot that.’ Well that’s all fantasy.”
What’s even more interesting – and something this writer who has a doctorate in Batmanology isn’t afraid to admit he didn’t know – is that Schumacher wanted to make a movie focused squarely on Arkham Asylum. While it’s unclear if he intended to base it on Grant Morrison’s graphic novel of the same name, this is a bit of trivia that I’ll forever mentally file away.
“I always wanted to do a whole Arkham movie, and did a scene at the end of Batman Forever when Jim is in a straitjacket and Nicole [Kidman] comes to see him. And it was just a nod to back to Arkham asylum which I love, and I thought it would be fun to put the other villains up there.”
Although I’ll be eternally grateful to Nolan for giving us The Dark Knight Trilogy, that doesn’t mean I’ll stop wondering what would’ve happened had Schumacher been afforded the opportunity to clear his name after Batman & Robin. Do you think he would have been redeemable? Sound off in the usual place below! »
- Eric Joseph
Nicole Kidman is the epitome of fab at 50!
The Australian actress is celebrating the milestone amid what is shaping up to be her biggest year yet, as she continues to slay across both film and television.
Exclusive: Nicole Kidman Talks ‘Low Key’ 50th Birthday Plans
Et first caught up with the red-haired beauty when she was just 22 and buzzing over landing a life-changing role in the 1990 hit Days of Thunder.
“I rang my mother and sort of screamed down the telephone and said, ‘I don't believe this, I'm gonna do a film over here!’" she told Et at the time. “It’s a really good role for me and it's the only female role in the whole film, so hopefully »
It’s become incredibly popular to hate on the 1997 film Batman and Robin (Who am I kidding? It’s always been popular), and for good reason. The movie is complete and utter garbage. Based on everything Schumacher has said in the past, it was the perfect stew of the studio wanting to go forward no matter what, them having to gear the film towards selling toys, and Schumacher having a slight case of hubris on the heels of several successes.
All of this culminated in what many fans think may be one the worst superhero films of all time. While Batman Forever was at least tolerable in its camp, Batman and Robin was on a whole other level. Of course, it’s only because it was such a mammoth failure that the studio put Batman on ice before resurrecting it with Batman Begins, so every cloud has a silver lining. Had things turned out differently, who knows how many more camp-fests we would have gotten?
Related: Joel Schumacher Explains The Bat Nipples
"I always wanted to do a whole Arkham movie, and did a scene at the end of Batman Forever when Jim is in a straitjacket and Nicole [Kidman] comes to see him. And it was just a nod to back to Arkham Asylum which I love, and I thought it would be fun to put the other villains up there.”
Of course, we never got to see that film, and only ended up with the stupid Batman and Robin instead. Not exactly a good tradeoff. However, given the immense power the toymakers seemed to have, it sounds like something that would have ended up in the dumps to begin with. At the end of the day, Batman and Robin may not have been the movie we deserved, but it was the one we needed to eventually allow Batman Begins to happen.
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- Joseph Medina
In honor of the film's 20th anniversary on Tuesday, Et's Denny Directo sat down with Silverstone and O'Donnell, who reflected on the cult classic and the film's famously over-the-top costumes.
"They made this like, plaster body mold of me and my entire face and every inch of my body," recounted O'Donnell, who starred as Robin, Batman's crime fighting partner. "Just watching the process of them build this costume and then all of a sudden show up on set one day-- when it was finished -- was like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe I'm going to put that on and be a superhero.'"
Watch: Flashback: 'Batman Forever' Turns 20! The Cast Gushes Over Franchise
As for Silverstone, who starred as Batgirl, she had a different »
Batman & Robin turns 20 years old today! Director Joel Schumacher and some of the cast look back at the most polarizing installment of the 1990s Batman series. Included is a horrifying story about the time battery acid leaked into Arnold Schwarzenegger's mouth. Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman Returns, which was Burton's second and final Batman movie. To many, it was also the last good Batman movie until Christopher Nolan's take on the Dark Knight in 2005. 1997 saw the release of Schumacher's Batman & Robin, a movie that fans and critics tore apart, making it out to be the nail in the coffin for the Batman series that Burton had started.
Though there are plenty of reasons why the movie didn't perform to expectations, the first reason would have to be the hunger to keep the franchise going. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Batman & Robin was going to happen no matter what, »
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Batman & Robin.
It's the most infamous comic book movie of all time, a movie so divisive that Warner Bros. sent the Dark Knight to movie jail for eight long years. Yet, Batman & Robin seemed poised to be a home run when it was released 20 years ago on June 20, 1997.
Director Joel Schumacher was fresh off a surprise hit with 1995's Batman Forever, and most of his team was returning. Though Schumacher lost star Val Kilmer as Batman, George Clooney, the promising star of TV's ER, quickly stepped in to don the cape and »
- Aaron Couch
Simon Brew Jun 20, 2017
It’s – ready to feel nice and young? – the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns this week, a movie that opened big, and then saw its box office peter out. It was still a hit of course, but its takings were notably down on 1989’s Batman film, and Tim Burton would depart before what would become Batman Forever went too far down the line.
In a new piece at The Hollywood Reporter to mark Batman Returns’ birthday, some of the key players have got together to look back on the film. In the piece, for instance, Michael Keaton reveals that he stripped away around half of Batman’s lines from the movie, reckoning that the sheer imagery of the suit would do some of the heavy lifting for him. Furthermore, Michelle Pfeiffer »
Happy weekend... almost. I'm in the Berkshires with a girlfriend and she informs me very emphatically that it's not the weekend until 5 Pm. Why rush to the end of her vacation as its back to work with her on Monday.
5 ways to honor this day (June 16th) in showbiz history
1995 Batman Forever opens in movie theaters to a then record-breaking weekend with new Bruce Wayne Val Kilmer and rising star Nicole Kidman as his love interest. Curiously it's the second most nominated Batman movie at the Oscars (3 nominations to The Dark Knight's 8). Isn't that strange? »
- NATHANIEL R
Mike Cecchini Jun 16, 2017
The sculpt is by Jose Fernandez, who also sculpted Catwoman's cowl in Batman Returns and the Robin suit in Batman and Robin. The top two look like the "sonar" batsuit from Batman Forever, while the bottom resembles that film's primary costume.
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, »
Michael Noble Jun 14, 2017
The mythos of Fargo deepens this week, providing insight into season 3's most sympathetic character...
This review contains spoilers.
3.3 The Law Of Non-Contradiction
Erstwhile on Fargo, the writers signalled their intention to eschew the expectations of a (broadly) realistic period crime saga by introducing a flying saucer at a critical point in the story. Bold move. Even bolder to leave the spinning spacecraft as something that only existed on the very fringe of the narrative, a potentially colossal event that was used as little more than ornament. It was equally audacious, and perhaps even more effective, to devote several sections of this week’s episode to a series of sweet natured animated sequences featuring the philosophical quest of a good natured android named Minsky. The character was the product of »
Kirsten Howard Jun 14, 2017
If you've not been keeping up with Bruce Willis' latest offerings, you may be a little upset to find out that most of them have gone straight to DVD and digital. We've watched them all - click here for those - and we'll be watching this new one, too.
It's called First Kill and it's directed by Steven C. Miller, the man responsible for two other straight-to-dvd Willis offerings, Marauders and Extraction. Hayden Christensen, no fan of sand, is the central star.
Here's the trailer...
And here's the official synopsis:
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
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
Following the tragic passing of Adam West over the weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about Batman ’66, the TV show that entertained millions of children at the tail-end of the swingin’ sixties. Like many, it was my introduction to the character, and it genuinely might be my favourite iteration. I adore Tim Burton’s Batman ’89 and have mixed feelings about Batman Returns. I’m one of the few who likes Batman Forever, and I recently wrote about my appreciation of Batman & Robin. Batman Begins is one of the finest comic book movies ever made, I can take or leave The Dark Knight and I have no time for The Dark Knight Rises. I may not be keen on the direction Zack Snyder took The Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Justice, but I will admit that Ben Affleck was great in the role. »
- Luke Owen
Along with Robin Williams, Tim Curry, David Bowie and Brad Dourif, notable character actor John Lithgow was in the running to play The Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, which of course went to Jack Nicholson.
Speaking to Vulture, Lithgow has admitted that he regrets passing on the role. “My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman, he said. “I have never told anyone this story, but I tried to persuade him I was not right for the part, and I succeeded. I didn’t realize it was such a big deal. About a week later I heard they were going after Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson.”
At point of the movie’s development, Robin was going to feature with Eddie Murphy and Keifer Sutherland in contention. In interviews since the release, Sutherland has also admitted he regrets turning the movie down.
See Also: Batman 25th Anniversary – Six Things »
- Robert Kojder
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
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
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