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Batman & Robin is an objectively terrible movie, possibly still the worst superhero movie ever made. But it’s been 20 years now…can’t we all just relax?
It’s two decades later and director Joel Schumacher is still apologizing for the garish, neon-soaked nightmare that is Batman & Robin. And while I’m willing to forgive him on some things — the ice puns are unironically great — those bat nipples still baffle me and presumably everyone else. And Schumacher realizes this, explaining the thought process that led to him creating those infamous rubber nipples. And on that front, he’s not sorry.
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As we near the 20th (!) anniversary of Batman & Robin, Vice spoke to Schumacher about his famously bad superhero movie. Right off the bat, Schumacher wanted to get things straight and apologize to all who were hurt by this terrible movie:
“Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.”
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Okay, now that we got that out of the way, why? Why did this movie turn out the way it did — skewering iconic Batman villains like Poison Ivy and Bane, turning Arnold Schwarzenegger into a laughable pun machine, cringeworthy dialogue, the freaking Bat credit card?
It turns out Schumacher never wanted to do a follow-up to his first Batman film, Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer. But hubris and Warner Bros. pressure got him on board for the next Batman film, with the goal of catering even more to families and kids, all in the name of merchandise sales:
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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...
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