Comic book based properties have had a sliding scale of success. In recent years, the success seems to speak for itself as superhero films soared at the box office. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is like the most successful thing ever. People are excited by how these stories are told.
In the days of yesteryear, however, not so much. Sure you would have good films like the 1989 Batman or the first two Christopher Reeves starring Superman films. But other adaptations? It was either “meh” or “OH GOD TAKE IT OFF THE SCREEN”.
One of these more famous disasters would be the 1997 film, Batman & Robin. This film is considered to be one of the absolute worst superhero movies of all time. The film had a pretty star-studded cast with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone starring. Batman was going to be played by George Freaking Clooney.
But the film was… a hot mess. The script was confused, the direction by Joel Schumacher was weird, and, of course, the Bat Credit Card and Bat Nipples on the suits.
It was baaaaaaad. It was just really, really bad. The only saving grace of this film, to me, is Schwarzenegger’s performance. It was like he realized how bad the script was and just was like “I DO WHAT I WANT”.
Clooney doesn’t really talk about the film. There are good reasons not to talk about it.
Clooney talked about it recently on The Graham Norton Show while promoting his new film, Tomorrowland. He talked about his trip last year to the New York Comic Con, where he apologized for the film.
“I did Batman & Robin…which was a disaster. Other than that, there’s never been a reason for me to go to Comic Con,” Clooney said.
He added, “Let me just say that I actually thought I destroyed the franchise, ya know, until they brought it back and changed it…I thought at the time, this was going to be a good career move. Um, it wasn’t.”
Well he didn’t destroy the franchise, thanks to Christopher Nolan. But I think it’s safe to say that if Clooney does do another comic book movie, he’s probably going to be going over that script with a fine toothed comb. Not that we would blame him.
Tomorrowland is out in theatres. You can watch the whole The Graham Norton Show clip below.