Movie #330 Batman & Robin
(1997, US, d. Joel Schumacher)
Easily one of the worst, if not the worst, superhero films of all time, Batman & Robin also has the unique distinction of being one of the worst films ever put out by a major production company. It is ultimate proof that sometimes, not even an incredible cast, talented screenwriter, and even prolific director can guarantee a hit. It is a film acted poorly, written terribly, and executed even worse. Jumping from plot point to plot point like a child playing hopscotch, Batman & Robin tries to take itself as a serious film when all of the creative decisions behind it come off like a complete joke to the audience. Everything from the homosexual relationship between Batman (played by the ageless George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O’Donnell), to the nipple suit Batman wears, to the campy tone of the enture film just marks this as a terrible Hollywood endeavor. Even Schumacher would yell before takes that this film was just a cartoon. It’s hard to sort of feel the tension in that atmosphere. And then we have the villains. Just as the third Spiderman film would soon learn and the third Pirates of the Caribbean film would too (from excess of sub-plots), there were just too many bad guys we could care less about here. Featuring a wonderfully atrocious performance by the stone-faced Arnold Schwarzenegger, it is also a film that proves that no excess of cash will guarantee a hit. I’d suggest you stay away from this film, but it’s also a film that is just so delightful to watch. It really makes you feel talented as a potential filmmaker. I could definitely make something better than that.