I know it’s been 20 years since Joel Schumacher’s blasphemous Bat-flick, Batman and Robin, bombarded theaters, but I can honestly tell you I’m still traumatized by the experience.
The campy, cartoonish sequel to Batman Forever barely made back its $125 million budget and caused the proud franchise to remain stagnant for eight years until director Christopher Nolan resurrected it from its pun-stained ashes.
I won’t ramble on about the movie’s myriad faults and failures, and instead offer up a new interview with Schumacher (The Lost Boys, 8MM) from Vice, where the 77-year-old filmmaker bared his soul a bit on the bleak reception for Batman and Robin, even delving into the origins of the Bat-nippled costume poor George Clooney was forced to wear.
Here are the veteran director’s candid thoughts on the controversial superhero film that single-handedly took down the House of Wayne:
“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.”
And regarding the erotic addition of nipples to the Dark Knight’s costume:
“Ha! 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. [The costume] was made by Jose Fernandez, who was our brilliant lead sculptor. If you look at Batman and Batman Returns, it was the genius, Bob Ringwood that created those suits, so by the time we got to Batman Forever, the rubber and techniques had gotten so sophisticated. If you look at when Michael Keaton appears in the first suit, you’ll notice how large it is. It was brilliant but the best they could do at the time. By the time Batman Forever came around, rubber molding had become so much more advanced. So I said, let’s make it anatomical and gave photos of those Greek status and those incredible anatomical drawings you see in medical books. He did the nipples and when I looked at them, I thought, that’s cool.”
While it’s simple to blame Schumacher for all the nonsense in Batman and Robin, and the director is ultimately the captain of his cinematic ship, most of the problems are with the out-of-control casting decisions and the abominably bad screenplay by Akiva Goldsman.
Do you accept Schumacher’s apology for Batman and Robin, or will you seethe over it until the end of time?
(Via Geek Tyrant)