Batman & Robin was a truly terrible movie. We all know this. However, as Marvel has stated, it was also an important movie for the comic book genre. Because it was so bad, it meant a new approach was sought; a new approach which has since given us a plethora of great movies such as The Dark Knight and Iron Man.
Even George Clooney, who played the Caped Crusader in Joel Schumacher’s failed attempt to breathe life in a genre which at the time was failing, admits it was a bad movie. But that doesn’t mean he’d change history. He told Total Film:
“With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go ‘Woah, that was really sh*t and I was really bad in it.’ The truth is, my phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said ‘Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film’ and I said ‘Yeah!’ I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn’t believe it! I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie.
“In a weird way I was. Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it. It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently. But if I am going to be Batman in the film Batman & Robin, I can’t say it didn’t work and then not take some of the blame for that.”
Clooney has a point: without Batman & Robin I doubt he would have gone onto achieve what he has in Hollywood. Let’s not forget that until then Clooney only had a couple of movie roles to his name, being mainly a TV actor best known for ER.
So, Batman & Robin did serve a purpose, but do yourself a favor and don’t go back and watch it now. You’ll want to tear your eyes out afterwards.