After two decades, Director Joel Schumacher is ready for his penance.
In an interview with Vice, Schumacher talked about the success he had with movies like “A Time to Kill” and “Batman Forever,” but things went downhill after he decided the make the Batman movie many consider to be the worst.
“And then after Batman & Robin, I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby,” Schumacher said.
“Batman & Robin” starred George Clooney as Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Chris O’Donnell as Robin and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy. The movie is known for its corny dialogue, bizarre Batman costume complete with nipples and strange butt close-ups.
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“I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that,” Schumacher said.
“Batman & Robin” currently has an 11% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site describes the film as “a frantic and mindless movie that’s too jokey to care much for.”
Despite the film not being very good, it did result in large amounts of merchandise sales and Schumacher was actually ready to make yet another Batman movie before he decided not to. He said he was talking to Nicolas Cage about coming on to play the Scarecrow because he was running out of villains, but ultimately told the studio he was out “for his own sanity.”
“Batman Forever” set the bar high for Schumacher when he was going into “Batman & Robin.” When he looks back on the movie, he said he’ll “always go down over the nipples on Batman starting with Batman Forever.”
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The director said he wanted to make the suit “anatomical” and gave photos of Greek statues to the film’s lead sculptor Jose Fernandez. Fernandez then made the infamous suit with the nipples that now sticks in everyone’s mind.
“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, I know it,” Schumacher said.
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