Batman & Robin (1997) Poster


Robin's suit in this film is based on the costume of the DC Comics character Nightwing, who was Dick Grayson's identity after he abandoned the Robin costume in the 1980s. The differences are that the main symbol across his chest and arms is red (silver during the climax) instead of blue, and features a utility belt and a cape.
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Most of the scenes with Batgirl, played by actress Alicia Silverstone, were cut out because Silverstone had gained a few pounds during production and the wardrobe team had to refit her costume. When the press discovered the news, they slammed Silverstone's weight gain and mocked the actress for being "too fat" to fit into her costume. As a result, director Joel Schumacher publicly defended Silverstone during interviews and press meetings, joking "What is this girl's big sin - that she ate some pizza?" When the press continued to taunt Silverstone's weight gain, mostly from female journalists, Schumacher again intervened and lashed out at the reporters that taunted her. Schumacher went on record about the weight gain to one magazine by saying: ""It was horrible. I thought it was very cruel. She was a teenager who gained a few pounds -- like all of us do at certain times. I would confront female journalists and I'd say, 'With so many young people suffering from anorexia and bulimia, why are you crucifying this girl?'"
Due to the difficulty and large amount of time it took to remove the Batman suit, George Clooney reportedly urinated in his suit on at least one occasion.
Joel Schumacher had several meetings with Warner Bros. to get them to reconsider letting him do another Batman movie. Schumacher wanted to take the film back to its darker roots and make a "Batman: Year One" movie. Schumacher wanted to cast Kurt Russell as a young Commissioner Gordon and would have had Selina Kyle as a young, beautiful African-American woman living in the ghetto. However, Warner Bros. decided not to rehire Schumacher and the Batman film franchise remained in development limbo for years until Batman Begins (2005).
Final film of wrestler Jeep Swenson (Bane), who died two months after the film's release.
George Clooney has been known to refund people who saw this film.
This is the first and (as of 2015) only appearance of Batgirl in a live-action Batman feature film.
In an interview the cast members were asked what item from filming they would like to take home with them. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he would be taking Mr. Freeze's armor home, Uma Thurman said that she wanted Ivy's floral throne, and Elle Macpherson said that she just wanted a cap or something with the "Batman & Robin" logo before anyone else. When asked, George Clooney said he wanted Elle Macpherson.
In later interviews, director Joel Schumacher would blame studio pressure to make the film more "toyetic" (i.e., a showcase for marketable toys and games), and in a "making-of" documentary on the DVD, apologized to disappointed fans.
Voted as the #1 in Empire magazine's "50 Worst Movies Ever" (February 2010).
Mr. Freeze says 27 "ice puns" throughout the movie.
Last Batman film viewed by Batman creator Bob Kane. He would die one year after the release of this film. This is also the last film which Kane worked as project consultant.
Before George Clooney was ultimately cast, David Duchovny was the other choice considered for the role of Batman after Val Kilmer refused to return to this film.
In the evidence room at the prison where Freeze is held and before Bane breaks in, both the Riddler's and Two-Face's outfits can be seen.
During shooting, George Clooney visited his friends on the set of ER (1994) in full costume.
When filming was over, George Clooney quipped, "I think we just killed the franchise".
The only film in the original series in which Tim Burton had no involvement during the development stages (he directed Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and worked as producer in Batman Returns and Batman Forever (1995)).
After filming was completed, Arnold Schwarzenegger went in for heart surgery. Because studios were anxious about insuring Schwarzenegger in one of their action movies, he couldn't get work again until End of Days (1999).
Val Kilmer was asked if he wanted to play Batman again but by his own admission and due to his commitment with The Saint (1997), was not interested. After experiencing difficulties working with Kilmer on Batman Forever (1995), Joel Schumacher was insistent that the actor not return for the fourth film in the franchise. Fortunately, Kilmer wanted to make The Saint (1997) instead so Schumacher was able to recast the role of Batman.
This film was originally titled "Batman Forever" but stylized as "Batman 4Ever" because it is the fourth film in the series. However, because the third film already took that title, it was retitled "Batman & Robin," which actually was the original title for the third film Batman Forever (1995).
After the poor reception of Batman & Robin, several Batman projects were considered to substitute for the next Batman movie. One was a direct sequel, Batman Unchained written by Mark Protosevich. The second was an adaptation of the graphic novel, Batman: Year One. The last was a live-action adaptation of Batman Beyond (1999). None of those projects came to fruition, instead the franchise was rebooted with Batman Begins (2005).
This is the second Batman movie in which the actor playing the main villain of the movie (Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze) gets top-billing over the actor who plays Batman (George Clooney). The first instance was in Batman (1989), where Jack Nicholson (who played The Joker) was top-billed over Batman himself, Michael Keaton.
George Clooney injured his lower leg playing basketball, while shooting Batman & Robin (1997). Because of this, he needed to cut the boot off of the Bat-suit in order to wear a cast. You can tell when his leg was injured from his limping while inside the freeze rocket.
Two extras were arrested and fired from the blockbuster after attempting to sell secretly lensed footage.
The villainous character Bane was created in 1993 by comic book writer Chuck Dixon and artist Graham Nolan. In the comics he is perhaps both the strongest and most intelligent foe that Batman has ever faced.
Upon accepting the role of Batman, George Clooney immediately called his cousin Miguel Ferrer to let him know. Ferrer is a Batman fan whose father, José Ferrer, was the first actor offered the role of the Joker in Batman (1966).
The Batman costume weighed 90 pounds; with the material being rubber, the entire body suit weighed 50 pounds plus a 40-pound piece rubber cape attached to the headpiece. Batgirl's and Robin's costumes weighed 50 pounds apiece, Freeze's weighed 75.
If not for the universally negative reaction to the film, there were two sequels planned: Batman Unchained, a direct sequel with George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell reprising their roles, although there were no plans for Alicia Silverstone to return. Scarecrow and Harley Quinn would have been the main villains, with cameos from all the past villains of the series. The film was going to take the film back to its darker roots. The other film was a Robin/Nightwing spin-off, with Chris O'Donnell reprising his role as Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing. It is speculated that, if films beyond Batman Unchained were to be made, O'Donnell would be Nightwing rather than Robin.
The real name of Bane in this film was Antonio Diego. In the comics and other filmed versions, however, Bane is the only name he has.
Anthony Hopkins, who was one of Joel Schumacher's other choices for Mr. Freeze, was also considered for the role of Alfred in Batman Begins (2005).
Chris O'Donnell confirmed in a 2012 interview that a Robin/Nightwing spinoff was planned, alongside "Batman Triumphant". However he reported the plans were scrapped after the poor reception of "Batman & Robin."
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) previously appeared as himself in a photograph in Max Schreck's office in Batman Returns (1992).
Hulk Hogan was Joel Schumacher's third choice to play Mr. Freeze.
George Clooney called the film "a waste of money". However, in more recent interviews, he's been kinder to the film, now calling it "the biggest break I ever had" since the role got him into Hollywood and paved the way for his more successful roles later in his career.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is reputed to have earned $25 million for playing Mr. Freeze.
This is the only Batmobile in which there is only one seat, in all other Batmobiles they had at least two front seats. In addition, this is the only sequel directed by the same director to not feature the same Batmobile design from the previous film, as the car shown in Batman Forever (1995) was destroyed by the Riddler.
Despite Arnold Schwarzenegger said during the making of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) that he would never play another evil character again, he plays the villain Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
Director Joel Schumacher first realized that George Clooney would make a good Batman after drawing the famous cowl over Clooney's face in an advertisement for From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). (This was unbeknownst to film critic Roger Ebert, who wrote in his negative review of this film and then later stated on Siskel & Ebert (1986) that "It doesn't matter who plays Batman; I think they cast Batman based on the chin," referring to what he saw as lack of development of Batman as an interesting character in any of the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher films.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger thought the Mr Freeze outfit was suffocating.
The roller coaster Mr. Freeze at Six Flags Over Texas was supposed to open in 1997 with the release of Batman & Robin. Arnold Schwarzenegger and George Clooney were scheduled to appear at the opening of Gotham City area and be the first to ride Mr. Freeze, but troubles with the launch system delayed the opening until 1998. This was the main reason why Schwarzenegger never appeared (since he had another promised project at the time and Clooney decided not to come because Schwarzenegger didn't.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to reprise the role of Conan for "Conan the Conqueror", which was rewritten as Kull the Conqueror (1997), to star as Mr. Freeze in the film.
Arkham Asylum gets its name from horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's stories and first appeared in the DC comic series in 1974, in Batman #258 by Denny O'Neil. It was Arkham Hospital until 1979 when it became Arkham Asylum.
Pat Hingle (Commissioner Gordon) and Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth) are the only actors to appear in the first four Batman films.
George Clooney was reported to opt out of playing the lead/title role in a long proposed Green Hornet movie to take the role as Batman.
The woman whose picture was used as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl's mother is English screen legend Gloria Stuart.
John Glover, who played Dr. Woodrue, was the voice of The Riddler in Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
According to John Glover Joel Schumacher "would sit on a crane with a megaphone and yell before each take, 'Remember, everyone, this is a cartoon'. It was hard to act because that kind of set the tone for the film."
In a chat show appearance in 2015, George Clooney revealed that for years after doing this film he genuinely blamed himself for ruining the franchise, stating "I always apologize for Batman".
The first Batman major motion picture not to be nominated for the Academy Awards. Batman (1989) (Art Direction-Set Decoration -won), Batman Returns (1992) (Best Effects/Visual Effects, Best Makeup), Batman Forever (1995) (Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Effects/Sound Editing).
In the comics, Batgirl is the daughter of Commissioner Gordon (named Barbara Gordon), but here she's portrayed as the niece of Alfred and she's given the name of Barbara Wilson. Reportedly the producers didn't consider her believable as Pat Hingle's daughter.
The computer in Alfred's room is a prototype design of what would become the 20th anniversary Macintosh built by Apple Computer. The final design didn't have a window on the CD-ROM bay on the front.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays Mr. Freeze, had been previously considered to appear in several superhero TV series and films. In 1978, he was offered the role of The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk (1978) and he tried out for the part of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman (1978), but he turned down both roles. In 1989, he turned down the chance to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989) before Michael Keaton was cast.
Between them, George Clooney and his stunt doubles went through 50 rubber Batsuits.
In the original theatrical trailer, Mr. Freeze says the line, "Button up, boys. A storm is coming." That line is not present in the final film.
Chris O'Donnell revealed that despite hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger a lot off set and during promotion for the film, they never worked a single day together. This was achieved with stand ins when one of the actors wasn't available.
Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, and Demi Moore were all rumored to be in the running for the part of Poison Ivy, before Uma Thurman was cast.
The disease "MacGregor Syndrome" was named after producer Peter Macgregor-Scott.
Joel Schumacher delivered the film two weeks ahead of schedule.
The Oxbridge Academy, Barbara's fictional university in England, is really a combination of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Oxbridge is used jokingly in American pop culture to refer to any British college graduate.
First live action appearance by Julie Madison, who was created for the comics in 1939. She is best known as Batman/Bruce Wayne's first significant love interest.
This is the first (and only) Batman film in this particular series to not feature villains from Batman: The Movie (1966) (Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and Riddler) as they all appeared in the previous three movies. However, Mr. Freeze did appear in three episodes of the Batman (1966) TV series. In addition, this film marks the first appearances of Poison Ivy and Bane in a live action Batman film or TV series.
Joel Schumacher originally wanted Nicole Kidman to play Poison Ivy in Batman Forever (1995), but due to the fact that Kidman was eventually cast as Dr. Chase Meridian, leaving only Two-Face and the Riddler as the villains of that film, Schumacher decided to bring Ivy to a sequel.
Rated #5 in Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made (2006).
Despite the often-provocative depiction of women in comic books, Uma Thurman was the only actress to show her navel in a Batman film until Tao Okamoto did so in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), 19 years later.
This is the only film in the series where Bruce Wayne's love interest does not have a prominent role.
Both this and the other live-action "Batman" film to feature Bane as a villain, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), show the Batman logo during the opening sequence freezing and then cracking.
Arnold Schwarzenegger only worked six weeks on the film.
Arnold Schwarzenegger had to shave his head, paint himself blue, and wear Icy Blue Eyes contact lenses.
When Poison Ivy first appears at the charity event, the song that is playing is The Coasters' 1959 hit "Poison Ivy". A cover version of this song performed by Meshell Ndegeocello was featured in the soundtrack album to this film.
Ed Harris, Patrick Stewart and Anthony Hopkins were both considered for the role of Mr. Freeze till Joel Schumacher decided that Mr. Freeze must be "big and strong like he was chiseled out of a glacier".
Dr. Jason Woodrue appeared in DC Comics as another plant themed super-villain, the Floronic Man.
The original title for this film was originally going to be "Batman: Triumphant", which also would be the name of the film that would follow this one, but ultimately shelved because of the box-office failure of "Batman & Robin". The title was changed due to Chris O'Donnell's popularity as Robin in the previous film Batman Forever (1995).
This is the third movie in which Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura star together. The others being The Running Man (1987) and Predator (1987). Both of these actors have served as US State Governors, making their few film team-ups even more significant.
A new form of light foam rubber was used to make the superhero costumes. This helped the costumes weigh less than on any other Batman film, but they ripped and tore very easily.
Batgirl had a full-head costume designed for her much like Batman's (complete with pointy ears) in this movie, but it was rejected in favor of letting Alicia Silverstone's hair flow freely (except in one scene where she wears it as a crash helmet). Batgirl action figures designed for the movie reflect the full-head costume, before the toy makers were informed of the change.
Barbara Wilson was not actually Alfred's niece in earlier drafts, but instead the daughter of his childhood friend. She would still consider him an "uncle".
Joel Schumacher once said in an interview that if Arnold Schwarzenegger had not wanted to play Mr. Freeze, Sylvester Stallone was his second choice. Schumacher said he wanted Schwarzenegger for the role, and he threatened not to direct the film if Schwarzenegger wasn't cast.
Uma Thurman and Vivica A. Fox appeared in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) six years later.
This movie was such a bomb, and ruined so many careers, there's actually a "Batman's Curse" associated with it: Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone and Joel Schumacher all went into serious career slumps after this movie. The only survivors were Arnold Schwarzenegger, and George Clooney who was starring on ER (1994) at the time and was able to springboard from this to other box office hits, A-list actor stardom and Oscar winning status.
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One of three movies to feature two future United States Governors acting in the same film. Jesse Ventura, elected Governor in Minnesota in 1998, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, elected Governor of California in 2003. (The other two films were Predator (1987) and The Running Man (1987), both released in 1987. All three of these movies featured Ventura and Schwarzenegger.)
When comparing work on Batman Forever (1995), Chris O'Donnell explained, "It just felt like everything got a little soft the second time. On Batman Forever, I felt like I was making a movie. The second time, I felt like I was making a kid's toy commercial." He also complained of the Robin costume, saying it was more involved and uncomfortable than the one he wore in Batman Forever, with a glued-on mask which caused sweat to pool on his face.
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The only film from the original series not to feature any "live" bats and the only Joel Schumacher Batman film to do so (Batman Forever (1995) had one in flashback).
After the film's negative reception, plans for Tim Burton's "Superman Lives" have been shut down. The movie would've been a first attempt to have a shared universe between Batman and Superman, with George Clooney reprising his role as Batman, and with Nicholas Cage as Superman.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger felt that his character was good, liked the Joel Schumacher non-Batman films, and was already doing Eraser (1996) for Warner. He added that "it's always easy to be smug in hindsight" when the movie turns out to be worse than expected.
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Between the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series and the Christopher Nolan series, this is the only Batman sequel directed by the same director in which Batman/Bruce Wayne is recast with a different actor (due to fact that in the previous film, Batman Forever (1995), also directed by Schumacher, the role was played by Val Kilmer, whereas in this film, he is played by George Clooney). The only characters whose actors from the previous film returned to this one are Robin/Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), Alfred (Michael Gough) and Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle). Michael Keaton played Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), which were directed by Burton and Christian Bale took over for Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), which were directed by Nolan.
Olivia d'Abo had been offered the role of Barbara Wilson/Batgirl, by producer Peter Macgregor-Scott. However Joel Schumacher rejected her for the role, due to her age at the time (27) and considering that Batgirl had to be younger than Robin.
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Production designer Barbara Ling admitted her influences for the Gotham City design came from "neon-ridden Tokyo and the Machine Age. Gotham is like a World's Fair on ecstasy."
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The first Batman movie to not be the highest grossing movie of the summer it was released in.
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Although considered a flop, Batman & Robin was Warner Bros.'s highest grossing film both domestically & worldwide for 1997.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vivica A. Fox share the same birthday, July 30th.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair with his housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena during production of the film.
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First Batman film to not feature one of the four villains from Batman The Movie (1966). Joker appeared in Batman (1989) and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992) and Riddler in Batman Forever (1995).
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Michael Reid McKay later went on to star in another comic book film X-Men 2 (2003) as Jason Stryker.
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In the opening, Batman says to Robin, "This is why Superman works alone." 19 years later, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was released.
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Stunt coordinator Alex Field taught Alicia Silverstone to ride a motorcycle so that she could play Batgirl.
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Uma Thurman previously appeared in Pulp Fiction (1994), directed by Quentin Tarantino. George Clooney starred with Tarantino in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), also written by Tarantino.
In the TV series Gotham (2014), Victor Fries - Mr Freeze - utters "I'll be back" in one episode, prior to attacking a pharmacy owner. The same phrase, of course, is more famously used by Arnold Schwarzenegger - this film's Freeze - in The Terminator (1984).
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In the novelization of the film, as in the comics, Mr. Freeze's real name is Dr. Victor Fries.
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Kane Hodder was Joel Schumacher's first choice for Bane, until he chose Jeep Swenson for his height at 6'4
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Director Joel Schumacher said in an interview about this movie "if there's anyone that lets say loved Batman Forever and went into Batman and Robin with great anticipation if I disappointed them in anyway, then I really want to apologize because it wasn't my intention, my intention was just to entertain them".
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Screenwriter Akiva goldsman was blamed for ruining the movie director Joel Schumacher defended him, Quoting: "Akiva Goldsman was blamed for this sort of lightness and humor and fun and games but that's not fair, I take full responsibility I mean Akiva did write the script, but I shot it and worked with Akiva so you know if you love a movie there are hundreds of people who made it lovable for you, if you don't like it blame the director that's what our names there for"
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Corey Haim: Star of The Lost Boys (1987) can be briefly seen as a biker gang member, at around 01:00:30.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the auction, Batman pulls out his "Bat Credit Card". Its "good until" date reads FOREVER.
This is the only film (in the original series) in which none of the villains uncover Bruce Wayne's identity as Batman. Batman tells the Joker in Batman (1989) his identity of Bruce Wayne, Catwoman and the Penguin see Batman unmasked in Batman Returns (1992), the Riddler and Two Face read Bruce Wayne's mind in Batman Forever (1995). But neither Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, or Bane uncover the identities of Batman, Robin, or Batgirl.
This is the only film (in the original series) in which none of the villains is killed by Batman or any of his allies. In this film, Bane is defeated when Robin and Batgirl kicked the venom tube in the back of his head and disconnected it from the rest of his body, which changed him back to "Antonio Diego". And both Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy are sent to Arkham Asylum at the end of the movie. In previous films the villains killed were the Joker in Batman (1989), the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992) and Two-Face in Batman Forever (1995), although during the two last films, the other villains survive (Catwoman in Returns, and the Riddler in Forever).
This is the only Batman film in the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series whose ending doesn't show Alfred driving Bruce Wayne or other character back to Wayne Manor in his car.
As of 2015, this is the only Batman film in which Bruce Wayne's love interest does not learn he is secretly Batman. Elle Macpherson's character (Julie Madison) here remains oblivious while Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale) in Batman (1989), Michelle Pfeiffer (Selina Kyle/Catwoman) in Batman Returns (1992), Nicole Kidman (Chase Meridian) in Batman Forever (1995), Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) respectively, and both Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) and Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman) in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) learn who Batman really is. However, another lead female character, Barbara Wilson/Batgirl, does discover his secret.
The character arc of Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy in this film is almost identical to that of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992): They start out as glasses-wearing, unkempt, meek women who learn that their bosses (Max Schreck, Dr. Jason Woodrue) are corrupt. Once they learn this, both their bosses try to kill them. When their bosses think the women are dead, they both get resuscitated by the things that become their motifs (ally cats awaken Kyle to become Catwoman and plants save Isley who becomes Poison Ivy). After embarking on new purposes, the two villainesses both kill their bosses by kissing them. However, this happens much quicker for Isley than for Kyle.
A majority of the scenes with Julie Madison, played by Elle Macpherson, were edited out from the final cut of "Batman & Robin". The character was also given different parting scenes. In one, which was in the shooting script during filming of the movie, Bruce Wayne finds Pamela Isley at the Gotham Observatory after she steals Commissioner Gordon's keys. Bruce tries to ask Isley out, under the influence of her pheromone dust, but Julie finds Bruce with Isley and she breaks up with Bruce when he chooses to be with Isley over Julie. Another scene, which was actually filmed, included Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman, finding Julie Madison at the Gotham Observatory after she had stolen the keys to the Bat-Signal from Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle), and Ivy fatally stabs Julie to death with a knife. Poison Ivy would later be shown using the same knife in the film during her fight with Batgirl. Julie's death scene was cut out of the film, because it was considered too dark for a film aimed for younger viewers, and because Joel Schumacher was interested in bringing Macpherson's Julie Madison back in the fifth "Batman" film he planned to do for Warner Bros.
The script featured an elaborate subplot about the revelation of Poison Ivy's real identity. There are publicity stills which show Bruce Wayne in a tuxedo talking to Pamela Isley in the final reception scene. The theatrical cut however omits this encounter. After Bruce smells the pheromones the sequence is extended and Bruce flirts with Pamela openly which infuriates Julie who leaves him. Later Bruce confesses to Alfred that he was inexplicably fixated with Pamela. Bruce and Alfred research the archives of the employees in Wayne Enterprises and find out that Pamela's research field involved pheromones. Bruce then scans a photo of Poison Ivy from a security video camera in the Flower Ball and compares it digitally with the photo of Pamela Isley from her personal file. After the computer makes a perfect match Bruce realizes Pamela's secret identity. The entire subplot was deleted and the revelation is made through photos from the airport.
Alfred, who is at risk of dying from the MacGregor virus, is cured by a vaccine developed by Mr. Freeze. In the comics, pieces of his freezing gun are used in emergency surgery to treat a deathly ill Aunt Harriet. Ironically, that character was brought into the 1960s comics when Alfred was "killed off", and then phased out when Alfred was "resurrected".

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