With a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 11% and a worldwide box office run totalling a mere $238-Million, it would not be wrong to classify Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin as a flop.
Now, on the eve of the film's 20th anniversary, Joel Schumacher has emerged to officially apologize for his 1997 Bat Flick. "Look, I apologize," he lamented in an interview with Vice. "I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that."
In 1989, Tim Burton's Batman marked a serious turning point for superhero movies. Burton would return for a sequel in 1992, but passed on the opportunity to helm a third installment. When this happened, Schumacher was brought on to direct Batman Forever in 1995. When asked to return for a second film, the director was somewhat hesitant, but he forged ahead with Batman & Robin in 1997. Starring George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and Robert Swenson, the movie was so bad that it is blamed for killing the Batman franchise over at Warner Bros. for nearly a decade.
The Caped Crusader has enjoyed a much more successful time on the big screen since those days however, thanks largely in part to the tireless efforts of such people as Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder - individuals who want to ensure another mistake like Batman & Robin never again sees the light of day.
Thanks for the apology, Mr. Schumacher.
We suppose, after twenty years, it's time to forgive you.
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