Thank You Joel Shumacher… Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman & Robin TeaserThanks to you, a very promising film series was brought to a very loud screeching halt. Sure, with the film’s predecessor, ‘Forever’, there was some potential. Val Kilmer was the new Batman, the story wasn’t too bad, but the Adam West-esque fun and glow in the dark vehicles just didn’t fit.

Oh boy! Now comes George Clooney to provide a quick fix. Now, I’m not going to say that George didn’t play a good caped crusader, he just had a very poor film to do it in (honestly, I’d prefer to see him in Zack Snyder’s re-image for the Man of Steel sequel… sorry Ben Affleck). Being the third actor to play the role in three films didn’t help either. It certainly didn’t help Roger Moore taking over for Bond, but he at least had a chance to make up for it.

FreezeGlow in the dark cars, boats and planes just don’t work for a guy who travels at night by stealth. Uma and Arnold… yes comic villain genius, in an Adam West world. Yes, in the minds of comic book film fans and especially Batman fans, Schumacher will rot in hell for all time. Which was unfortunate for a rather good director who ended up being sidetracked for his two poor choices in films with great potential (even if the brass at Warner Bros. was directly involved with its demise).

Bat Family

Bring popcorn, but plan a bathroom break.

3 Stars

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