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Joel Schumacher Issues Apology To Every Fan Disappointed In Batman & Robin

Written by Tim Midura on Wednesday, June 14 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Joel Schumacher Issues Apology To Every Fan Disappointed In Batman & Robin

"After 'Batman & Robin,' I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby," Schumacher tells VICE.


Source: Vice

The 20th anniversary of Batman & Robin is approaching and Vice sat down with director Joel Schumacher to discuss the film, starting with an apology.

"Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that."

Even the film's stars spoke out against the critically-maligned film. "It was a difficult film to be good in," said George Clooney, who played Batman, in an interview with Total Film. And later, Chris O'Donnell, who played Robin, said, "On Batman Forever, I felt like I was making a movie. The second time, I felt like I was making a kid's toy." Schumacher touched on his lack of interest in doing a sequel to Batman Forever.

You know, I just knew not to do a sequel. If you get lucky, walk away. But everybody at Warner Brothers just expected me to do one. Maybe it was some hubris on my part. I had a batting average of 1,000, so I went from falling down a bit after Lost Boys, to a kind of a genius with The Client, a big blockbuster with Batman Forever, then had great reviews with A Time to Kill, so my batting average was good. I never planned on being, that dreadful quote, "a blockbuster king" because my other films were much smaller and had just found success with the audience and not often with the critics, which is really why we wrote them. And then after Batman & Robin, I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby.

Most importantly though, Schumacher discussed the decision behind the bat-nipples.

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.

That makes one person who thought they were cool, Joel.





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