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Behold the film that froze off the Burtonverse and the ill fated Schumacherverse to death.
Genre: Superhero
Directed By: Joel Schumacher
Produced By: Peter MacGregor-Scott
Written By: Akiva Goldsman
Based On: Batman
by Bill Finger and Bob Kane
Starring: George Clooney
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Chris O'Donnell
Uma Thurman
Alicia Silverstone
Michael Gough
Pat Hingle
Elle Macpherson
Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt
Distributed By: Warner Bros.
Release Date: June 12, 1997 (Los Angeles)
June 20, 1997 (United States)
Runtime: 125 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $125–160 million
Box Office: $238.2 million
Franchise: Batman
Prequel: Batman Forever
Sequel: Batman Unchained (cancelled)


"In a world of full crime, one man is determined to kill Batman once and for all...is director Joel Schumacher. Watch Academy Award-winning ladies' man George Clooney phone it in as Batman, a hero capable of performing impossible feats...except for moving his neck...or body. Unfortunately, he's not alone. In a film full of way too many supporting characters, he's bringing even more: Robin! A naggy sidekick you AND Batman will both want to punch in the face!"
Honest Trailers
"It's...Supercrapafuckarifficexpialibullshit
A film so bad that censors really oughta go and pull it
Sadly, there's not many words that only rhyme with bullshit
Supercrapafuckarifficexpialibullshit!
"
The Nostalgia Critic
"Batman & Robin is a cinematic atrocity. It really is a terrible movie. It's one of the worst movies ever made. And we all know it why it sucks, so I was just thinking "You know what? Let's have some fun with this movie.". Honestly, If you sit down to view this movie as a comedy, it is like-- it's gold, it's comedy, this is such a funny movie because it is so horrible! Everything went wrong this movie, I mean it's not even worth talking about the plot really. Batman Forever had some success financially, and it was like they give Joel Schumacher free rein to do WHATEVER he wanted, and this is what we got."
Chris Stuckmann

Batman & Robin (not to be confused with the video game and the book of the same name) is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics characters Batman and Robin by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.'s initial Batman film series, a sequel to Batman Forever, and the only film in the series made without the involvement of Tim Burton in any capacity.

Directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Akiva Goldsman, it stars George Clooney as Bruce Wayne / Batman, replacing Val Kilmer, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze, and Chris O'Donnell reprising his role as Dick Grayson / Robin, alongside Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Elle Macpherson.

The film follows the titular characters as they attempt to prevent Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from taking over the world, while at the same time struggling to keep their partnership together. It is also to date the only live-action film appearance of Batgirl, portrayed by Silverstone, who helps the title characters fight the villains.

Batman & Robin premiered in Los Angeles on June 12, 1997, and went into general release on June 20. Making $238.2 million worldwide against a production budget of $125–160 million, the film was a box office disappointment and received negative reviews, and is often considered to be one of the worst films ever made.[1][2] It is also the lowest-grossing live-action Batman film to date.[3] One of the songs recorded for the film, "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" by The Smashing Pumpkins, won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.[4]

Due to the film's poor reception, Warner Bros. cancelled future Batman films including Schumacher’s planned Batman Unchained[5], and rebooted the film series with Batman Begins in 2005.

Plot

Batman and Robin fail to stop Mr. Freeze from stealing a cache of diamonds. They learn that Mr. Freeze was once a scientist named Victor Fries, who became dependent on a diamond-powered sub-zero suit following an accident in a cryogenics lab while working to save his wife, Nora, from a terminal illness called MacGregor's Syndrome. Meanwhile, botanist Dr. Pamela Isley is experimenting with the strength serum "Venom" to create mutant plants capable of fighting back against mankind in a laboratory located in South America. She is angry that her senior colleague, Dr. Jason Woodrue, used the serum to transform a diminutive prisoner into the "super-soldier" Bane. She refuses to partner with Dr. Woodrue, so he tries to kill her by pushing her onto a table filled with animal-plant toxins and chemicals, causing her to transform into the beautiful and deadly Poison Ivy. She kills Dr. Woodrue with a venomous kiss and vows to establish botanical supremacy all over the world.

Alfred Pennyworth's niece Barbara Wilson makes a surprise visit from England and is invited to stay at Wayne Manor. Later, Barbara finds the Batcave and creates her own crime-fighting persona with the help of a computer simulation of Alfred. The real Alfred is suffering from MacGregor's Syndrome. However, he is in the early stages of the disease for which Mr. Freeze has developed a cure, being unable to cure his wife's condition because it is too advanced. Ivy arrives in Gotham City with Bane as her henchman. She interrupts a Wayne Enterprises press conference at Gotham Observatory, where a giant telescope is being unveiled. Poison Ivy demands that Bruce Wayne use his fortune to safeguard the natural environment at the expense of millions of human lives, but Bruce refuses.

Poison Ivy appears at the Gotham Botanical Gardens fundraiser, seducing everyone present with her pheromone dust, including the Dynamic Duo, who are there to protect a diamond from Mr. Freeze. When Mr. Freeze crashes the event, Poison Ivy is instantly captivated by his "ruthless charm". Mr. Freeze is captured by Batman after a car chase through the streets of Gotham and detained in Arkham Asylum but is soon broken out by Poison Ivy and Bane. She turns off Nora Fries' life support and makes Mr. Freeze believe Batman did it, persuading him that they should destroy Batman along with the society that created him. They plan to turn the observatory's new telescope into a giant freeze ray to kill all of humanity and allow Poison Ivy's mutant plants to take over the world.

Meanwhile, Robin is under Poison Ivy's seductive spell and rebelling against Batman. Robin goes to meet Poison Ivy at her garden hideout, where her venomous kiss fails to kill Robin because Batman had persuaded him to coat his lips with rubber. Poison Ivy tries to drown Robin in her lily pond and entangles Batman in her crushing vines, but they are freed when Batgirl arrives and traps Poison Ivy in her own floral throne. Batgirl reveals herself as Barbara and the three crime fighters arrive at Gotham Observatory to stop Mr. Freeze, who has already frozen all of Gotham. Bane attacks Robin and Batgirl, but they incapacitate him and revert him to his original human state. Robin and Batgirl save Gotham by using the observatory's satellites to reflect sunlight from outer space to thaw the city.

Batman shows Mr. Freeze video proof that Poison Ivy pulled the plug on Nora and reveals that he was the one who saved her. He reveals that Mr. Freeze will be allowed to continue his research at Arkham Asylum to cure Nora. Batman asks Mr. Freeze for his cure for the early stages of MacGregor's Syndrome for Alfred and Mr. Freeze atones for his misdeeds by giving him two vials of the medicine. At Arkham, Poison Ivy is joined in her cell by Mr. Freeze, who vows to exact revenge on her for what she did to his wife. Back at Wayne Manor, Alfred is cured and Bruce invites Barbara to live with them, joining Batman and Robin to fight crime as Batgirl.

Name in other countries

Language Movie's name English Traduction
English "Batman & Robin" same
Spanish "Batman y Robin" same
French "Batman et Robin" same
German "Batman & Robin" same
Italian "Batman e Robin" same
Japanese "バットマン & ロビン Mr.フリーズの逆襲! (Battoman & robin Mr. Furīzu no gyakushū!)" Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze's Counterattack!
Chinese "蝙蝠侠与罗宾 (Biānfú xiá yǔ luō bīn)" same
Greek "Μπάτμαν & Κοκκινολαίμης (Bátman & Kokkinolaímis)" Batman & Redneck
Hindi "बैटमैन और रॉबिन (baitamain aur robin)" same

Production

Development

With the box office success of Batman Forever in June 1995, Warner Bros. immediately commissioned a sequel.[6] They hired director Joel Schumacher and writer Akiva Goldsman to reprise their duties the following August,[7] and decided it was best to fast-track production for a June 1997 target release date, which is a break from the usual 3-year gap between films.[6] Schumacher wanted to homage both the broad camp style of the 1960s television series and the work of Dick Sprang.[8] The storyline of Batman & Robin was conceived by Schumacher and Goldsman during pre-production on A Time to Kill.[9] Portions of Mr. Freeze's backstory were based on the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Heart of Ice", written by Paul Dini.[10] Goldsman, however, expressed concerns about the script during pre-production discussions with Schumacher.[11]

While Chris O'Donnell reprises the role of Robin, Val Kilmer decided not to reprise the role of Batman from Batman Forever. Schumacher admitted he had difficulty working with Kilmer on Forever. "He sort of quit," Schumacher said, "and we sort of fired him."[12] Schumacher would later go on to say that Kilmer wanted to work on The Island of Dr. Moreau because Marlon Brando was cast in the film.[11] Kilmer said he was not aware of the fast-track production and was already committed to The Saint (1997).[7] David Duchovny claims he was considered for the role of Batman, but he joked the reason they did not cast him because his nose was too big.[13] Schumacher originally had a strong interest in casting William Baldwin in Kilmer's place, but George Clooney was cast instead.[14] Schumacher believed Clooney could provide a lighter interpretation of the character than Michael Keaton (in Batman and Batman Returns) and Kilmer.[7][15] The shooting schedule allowed Clooney to simultaneously work on ER without any scheduling conflicts.[8] In the documentary Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of The Dark Knight, Schumacher said he was given the mandate by the studio to make the film even more "toyetic" even when compared to Batman Forever.[16]

Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, and Patrick Stewart were considered for the role of Mr. Freeze,[17][18] before the script was rewritten to accommodate Arnold Schwarzenegger's casting.[19] Schumacher decided that Mr. Freeze must be "big and strong like he was chiseled out of a glacier".[7] Schwarzenegger was paid a $25 million salary for the role.[20][21] Mr. Freeze's armor was made by armorer Terry English, who estimated the costume cost some $1.5 million to develop and make.[7][22] To prepare for the role, Schwarzenegger wore a bald cap after declining to shave his head and wore a blue LED in his mouth.[11] His prosthetic makeup and wardrobe took six hours to apply each day.[23] Thurman took the role of Poison Ivy because she liked the femme fatale characterization of the character.[7] Alicia Silverstone was the only choice for the role of Batgirl.[17]

According to Schumacher, during the scene in which the costumes of the Riddler and Two-Face are seen, he originally planned to put Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze escaping from Arkham Asylum while many other villains saw them from their cells.[11] The scene was not included in the final film.

Filming

The original start date was August 1996,[12] but principal photography did not begin until September 12, 1996.[24] Batman & Robin finished filming in late January 1997,[25] two weeks ahead of the shooting schedule.[8] The film was mostly shot at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.[7]

When comparing work on Batman Forever, O'Donnell explained, "[...] First movie, things felt much sharper and more focused, and it just felt like everything got a little softer on the second one. The first one, I felt like I was making a movie. The second one, I felt like I was making a toy commercial."[7] He also complained about the Robin costume, saying it was more involved and less comfortable than the one he wore in Batman Forever, with a glued-on mask that caused sweat to pool on his face.[26] According to John Glover, who played Dr. Jason Woodrue, "Joel [Schumacher] would sit on a crane with a megaphone and yell before each take, 'Remember, everyone, this is a cartoon'. It was hard to act because that kind of set the tone for the film."[7] Production designer Barbara Ling admitted her influences for the Gotham City design came from "neon-ridden Tokyo and the Machine Age. Gotham is like a World's fair on ecstasy."[27] Rhythm and Hues and Pacific Data Images created the visual effects sequences, with John Dykstra and Andrew Adamson credited as the visual effects supervisors.[28]

O'Donnell said that despite hanging out with Schwarzenegger a lot off set and during promotion for the film, they never worked a single day together; this was achieved with stand-ins when one of the actors was not available.[7] Stunt coordinator Alex Field taught Silverstone to ride a motorcycle so that she could play Batgirl.[26]

Why It Freezed The Batman Franchise

NOTE: Some of the problems were carried from Batman Forever.

  1. Executive meddling: While Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever was less dark and more kid friendly to appease, Warner Bros.' executives felt Batman Returns was too dark and inappropriate for kids, as Schumacher was told to make this movie even more kid friendly to where dark elements of any kind from the previous movies had to be done away with entirely, thus killing the franchise entirely on ice.
  2. Misleading title: Despite it being called Batman & Robin, they don't team up that much here, instead it focuses more on Bruce taking care of a sick Alfred, while Dick has a relationship with Alfred's nephew, Barbara.
  3. While the premise of Batman and Robin going up against Poison Ivy, Bane, and Mr. Freeze sounded very original and a very great idea, it was sadly and unfortunately ruined by a horrible execution that essentially turned the original Batman film series into a dead horse with lots of campiness instead of the dark subject matter.
  4. The costume designs, while okay, did not improve from Batman Forever, as Batman's suits are recolors from Forever, while Robin's costume is just a red version of his other alter-ego, Nightwing with a cape attached.
    • They added so much unwanted details such as the infamous Bat-nipples and Bat-butts.
  5. The vehicles look too toy-like and silly like it came straight from an elementary kid's story that he/she wants to tell.
    • In fact, Schumacher himself later expressed his regret over the film being essentially turned into a feature-length toy commercial.
  6. Poor grasp of the source material (e.g., Barbara/Batgirl is now Alfred Pennyworth's niece instead of Commissioner Jim Gordon's daughter in the comics, and Mr Freeze got his accident from falling into snowy smokes instead of being confronted by Gothcorp CEO, Ferris Boyle, who pushed him to the snowy smokes).
  7. Blatant disregard for physics (i.e., characters being able to safely jump from dangerous heights).
  8. Numerous oddities, plot holes, and inconsistencies, including but not limited to:
    • Mr. Freeze can somehow smoke a cigarette, which goes against the state of his altered biology.
    • Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy does not seem very compatible as partners because he wants to freeze the world and she wants plants to roam the world. Plants cannot survive in freezing temperatures.
    • Ms. B. Haven shows no ill effects from wearing a skimpy outfit in Freeze's frozen hideout.
    • After Mr. Freeze takes out two vials with a blue liquid in them, we see that they fit perfectly into Alfred's IV stand in the Wayne Manor. Unless they were both made by Wayne Enterprises, it's not possible to fit it in the IV stand that perfectly.
    • During the chase at the beginning of the movie, Mr. Freeze freezes Robin before he can snatch the diamond but chooses to spare Batman by saying he'll kill him later, which is idiotic since nothing is stopping him from doing to Batman what he did to Robin.
    • There's a pointless scene where we see the Riddler and Two-Face's outfits at the Arkham Asylum from the previous film and speaking of Two-Face, isn't he supposed to be dead?!
    • Batman and Robin appear at an auction instead of as their actual selves, which is strange since they usually only show up when a crime is going down.
    • During a scene where Batman, Robin, and Batgirl are on their vehicles and are being pursued by Freeze's henchmen, she's wearing a mask that looks hideous on her, but as soon as they reach the museum, she takes it off (supposedly because Alicia Silverstone didn't want to wear it due to how awful it looked on her).
    • There's one scene that features rubber ice on the car; no joke, there's actual rubber ice on the car!
  9. Countless amounts of product placement, such as the Apple Macintosh computers.
  10. There are numerous technical oddities present in the film which adds to how poorly made the movie is. For example:
    • When Robin comes out of the water in one scene, the scene goes in reverse motion just so he goes back under.
    • When Mr. Freeze says "It's winter forever here in Gotham!", the audio doesn't seem synced to the movement of his lips.
  11. Very poor acting on everyone's part, especially George Clooney as Batman. Speaking of which, he was only hired as a replacement for Val Kilmer since he was committed to another movie, hence why Clooney took his place, which comes off odd since both movies feature the same director but with two completely different actors playing Batman.
    • Speaking of the acting, most of the Batman fans thought that George Clooney made a poor Batman, and he himself even admitted that he really didn't like playing Batman and would not portray him again in a planned cancelled sequel. Years after starring in this film, he refuses to talk to people about how awful he felt playing Batman and most people don't blame him for being unhappy about it.
    • Chris O'Donnell's acting for Robin is very poor, even worse than Forever, as he sounds like a bratty teenager and all-around moron, and his character Dick Grayson/Robin spends most of his screen-time acting like a whiny brat just like his Teen Titans Go! counterpart.
  12. The villains are not as good as they were in the comics books for many reasons:
    • Mr. Freeze is portrayed as an absolute joke of a sympathetic villain who relies on ice puns for his lines, using his vehicles and a winged jetpack that came straight from the film's toy designs.
    • Bane is portrayed as being an incredibly dim-witted yet somehow a capable brute named Antonio Diego in stark contrast to his comic book counterpart, who has genius-level intellect.
    • Jason Woodrue, who is one of Swamp Thing's archenemies as the Floronic Man in the comics, is now a generic "mad scientist" who creates Bane and Poison Ivy before getting killed by the latter.
  13. The first two Batman films had a very dark and serious tone and was done quite well, and while the third film was a bit more light-hearted, it had its dark moments as well. However, this film is way too silly and syrupy for a superhero film, even so, more than the 1966 Batman TV series, to the point that the film could hardly ever be taken seriously as a superhero film.
    • And also, a cartoon sound effect can be heard when a fighting scene happens like a tripping sound effect.
  14. Numerous unnecessary homoerotic innuendos, such as the camera zooming in on everyone's buttocks and crotches during the opening sequence, as well as Batgirl's suiting-up sequences showing her breasts and buttocks as well (there is an interesting theory that they are in the film due to Joel Schumacher being homosexual).
  15. The pacing is awful. While Forever's pacing was hit or miss, the action scenes were at least decently done. But here in this film, nothing feels paced properly at all.
  16. Numerous laughable bits of dialogue and moments make it feel like an unintentional comedy. For example:
    • "I want a car...Chicks dig the car!"
    • "This is why Superman works alone."
    • When Barbara is first seen visiting with Alfred, she says "I suppose they don't have fax machines on elephants."
  17. Unbelievably bad one-liners and puns from Mr. Freeze, something his mainstream and animated counterparts would never do. For example:
    • "What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age!"
    • "Alright everyone, chill! Chill! Chill!"
    • "My name is Mr. Freeze. Learn it well from the chilling sounds of your doom."
    • "Tonight! Hell freezes over!"
    • "Tonight's forecast, a freeze is coming."
  18. Even Batman himself made a horrible pun:
    • "Hey Freeze! The heat is on!"
  19. Posion Ivy also makes some really bad puns almost constantly. She referred to herself as "mother nature" when she gets revenge on her boss, all of her puns come off as extremely unfunny and groanworthy, even more so than Mr. Freeze.
  20. Poison Ivy's origin story copies Selina Kyle/Catwoman's backstory from the second film, as both backstories involve a shy scientist discovering her boss's evil plans and he tries to kill her, but she revives and transforms into a villain.
  21. Barbara Pennyworth/Batgirl barely contributes to the plot, and thus there is no need for her to be in the movie.
  22. Pointless subplots such as Barbara's motorcycling hobby, Alfred's sickness, and Wayne's plans with his girlfriend.
    • On the topic of his girlfriend, she is bland, underdeveloped, and unnecessary, not to mention doesn't even have a role in the movie.
  23. This film sadly killed a few careers of the actors who were involved in this film (e.g. Uma Thurman, Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone), due to the film's negative reviews and not doing so well at the box office, as well as killing the Batman franchise for 8 years and sadly canceling the next Batman film called Batman Unchained, which was supposed to be a sequel.
  24. It ended the original Batman film series poorly.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Almost all of the vehicles in the film look really cool to look at.
  2. The special effects are good, especially since most of them are practical with a small touch of CGI.
  3. Like its predecessor, the outfits are nicely done (if it weren't for the fact that they put visible nipples on the superhero suits).
  4. Before Joel Schumacher died 23 years after this film, he thankfully apologized to a lot of angry Batman fans in the documentary film, Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight and on the film's 20th anniversary for ruining the Batman film franchise, claiming that it wasn't his intention to ruin the franchise, but that his intention was to entertain them.
  5. This film can make for a great comedy if not taken seriously, and can be "so bad it's good".
  6. The soundtrack by Elliot Goldenthal is great, even better than his previous work on Batman Forever.
  7. As mentioned above, there are unintentionally funny moments.
  8. The Batman franchise would eventually get back on track when Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan revived and rebooted it 8 years later with Batman Begins, which was a huge improvement over this film.

Reception

Critical and audience response

Batman & Robin received negative reviews from critics, audiences, and fans alike, and is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time[29] and the worst film of the Batman films. The film holds a 12% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 93 reviews, with a critic consensus that reads "Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin, resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for." It also has an audience score of 16%. Metacritic scores the film a 28/100, based on reviews from 21 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". On IMDb, the film has an average user rating of 3.7/10. On Letterboxd, the film has an average rating of 1.8/5. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.

DogEatingDogs6 gives it 1/10, saying that he did not want to recommend the movie as well.

The movie currently has a Google users rating of "57% of users liked this film".

Schumacher and producer Peter MacGregor-Scott blamed the negative reception of Batman & Robin on Warner Bros.' decision to fast-track production. "There was a lot of pressure from Warner Bros. to make Batman & Robin more family-friendly," Schumacher explained. "We decided to do a less depressing Batman movie, and less torture and more heroic. I know I have been criticized a lot for this, but I didn't see the harm in that approach at all."[7]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times criticized the toyetic approach and Mr. Freeze's one-liner jokes in his "thumbs down" review of the film.[30] Ebert’s partner Gene Siskel who gave positive reviews to the previous Batman films, also gave this film a thumbs down; it was the last Batman movie he reviewed before his death in 1999. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times believed the film "killed" the Batman film series.[31] Desson Howe of The Washington Post disapproved of Schumacher's direction and Akiva Goldsman's script, as well as the returning costume design from the first film.[32] Mick LaSalle, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, said, "George Clooney is the big zero of the film, and should go down in history as the George Lazenby of the series."[33] However, Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave a more positive review, and praised Uma Thurman's performance.[34] Andrew Johnston, writing in Time Out New York, remarked, "It's hard to tell who B&R is intended for. Anyone who knows the character from the comics or the superb animated show on Fox will be alienated. And though Schumacher treats the Adam West version as gospel, that show's campy humor is completely incompatible with these production values."[35]

Many observers thought Schumacher added possible homoerotic innuendo in the storyline.[7] James Berardinelli questioned the "random amount [sic] of rubber nipples and camera angle close-ups of the Dynamic Duo's butts and Bat-crotches."[36] Similar to Batman Forever, this primarily included the decision to add nipples and enlarged codpieces to the Batman and Robin suits. Schumacher stated, "I had no idea that putting nipples on the Batsuit and Robin suit were going to spark international headlines. The bodies of the suits come from ancient Greek statues, which display perfect bodies. They are anatomically correct."[7] Chris O'Donnell, who portrayed Robin, felt "it wasn't so much the nipples that bothered me. It was the codpiece. The press obviously played it up and made it a big deal, especially with Joel directing. I didn't think twice about the controversy, but going back and looking and seeing some of the pictures, it was very unusual."[7]

Clooney himself has spoken critically of the film, saying in 2005, "I think we might have killed the franchise",[37] and called it "a waste of money".[38] In 2015, while promoting Disney's Tomorrowland at New York Comic-Con, Clooney said that he had met former Batman actor Adam West and apologized to him.[39] Furthermore, when asked during a 2015 interview on The Graham Norton Show about whether he had ever had to apologize for Batman & Robin, Clooney responded, "I always apologize for Batman & Robin".[40]

In his book Batman: the Complete History, Les Daniels analyzed the film's relatively strong performance internationally: "nuances of languages or personality were likely to be lost in translation and admittedly eye-popping spectacle seemed sufficient."[41]

Box Office

Batman & Robin was released on June 20, 1997 in North America, earning $42,872,605 in its opening weekend,[42] making it the third-highest opening weekend of 1997.[43] The film declined by 63% in its second week.[44] Batman & Robin faced early competition with Face/Off, Hercules, and Men in Black.[45] Schumacher blamed it on yellow journalism started by Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News and other film websites such as Dark Horizons.[46] The film went on to gross $107.3 million in North America and $130.9 million internationally, coming to a worldwide total of $238,207,122.[42] Warner Bros. acknowledged Batman & Robin's shortcomings in the domestic market but pointed out success in other markets.[45]

Awards and nominations

Batman & Robin was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film, as well as Best Make-up and Best Costume. Alicia Silverstone won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. Other nominations at the Razzie Awards included Schumacher (Worst Director), George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell (Worst Screen Couple), Akiva Goldsman (Worst Screenplay), both Chris O'Donnell and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Worst Supporting Actor), Uma Thurman (Worst Supporting Actress), as well as Billy Corgan (Worst Song for "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"). Batman & Robin also received nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Ultimately, out of 11 nominations, Batman & Robin garnered only one Razzie Award.

At the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film garnered five nominations, of which it won four: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Joel Schumacher), Worst Supporting Actress (Alicia Silverstone), and Worst Screenplay for a Film Grossing More Than $100M Worldwide Using Hollywood Math. However, it lost Worst Sequel to Speed 2: Cruise Control.[47] Later, the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards unveiled their "100 Years, 100 Stinkers" list which "honored" the 100 worst films of the 20th century. Batman and Robin managed to rank as the #3 worst film of the century, behind Wild Wild West at #2 and Battlefield Earth at #1.[48][49]

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

In 1998, a year after Batman & Robin was released, Warner Bros. Animation released an animated film with Batman, Robin and Mr. Freeze called Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, which was a sequel to the 1993 theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. SubZero was originally supposed to be released in theaters, but Warner Brothers decided not to release the film in theaters due to the negative reception that Batman & Robin got, and decided to release it on home video to avoid making more fans angry. The similarities and differences between the Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze and the one in SubZero? The Batman & Robin version was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and used a ton of corny one-liners and ice puns, while the SubZero Mr. Freeze didn't use any ice puns or corny one-liners and instead acted more like a serious villain. However, both versions had the same backstory that the Batman & Robin version had. The other difference? The SubZero Mr. Freeze was played by the late Michael Ansara, who also voiced him in Batman: The Animated Series. In contrast to Batman & Robin, SubZero was well-received by both critics and fans alike.

Videos

The Trailer for Batman & Robin

The Trailer for Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

Behind the Scenes

George Clooney Apologizes for The Movie

Reviews and Top 10s

Trivia

  • The movie had a video game adaptation of the same name, which is well known for being just as bad, if not worse, than the movie.
  • There were originally plans for a fifth Batman film to be released in 1999 titled Batman Unchained (or Triumphant); its premise was intended to have Batman battle the Scarecrow and Harley Quinn (who is changed to being the Joker's daughter and a toymaker) while hallucinating the Joker from the first film.
    • However, plans for the fifth film and all future live-action Batman films were put on hold due to George Clooney stating that he despised playing Batman and the negative reception Batman & Robin received from critics, audiences, and fans alike. Eight years after the said movie failed, Warner Bros. rebooted the franchise in 2005 with the theatrically-released film Batman Begins, which featured elements from the cancelled sequel (including the Scarecrow from the planned fifth film) and received more praise from critics and fans alike.
      • There was another proposal for a fifth film titled Batman: DarKnight, which originally had Man-Bat replacing Harley Quinn as the second villain of said fifth film and was to have a connection with Scarecrow when they were rivaled colleagues at Arkham Asylum.
  • In an interview with the cast, most of the cast actually didn't like filming the movie, with Alicia Silverstone (Bat Girl Actress) not even knowing that there was a Bat Girl in the comics.
  • George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and everyone else involved in the film apologized to fans of the original Batman film series and general fans of the character alike.
    • Arnold also said he regretted or didn't care about being in a few movies, including Last Action Hero, another movie with mixed reviews.
  • If it wasn't for the failure of this film, we would've never gotten Christopher Nolan's Batman rebooted film series titled The Dark Knight Trilogy. Thankfully, The Dark Knight Trilogy did much better, with the second movie The Dark Knight being called one of the greatest movies of all time.
  • After Batman And Robin, Jason Woodrue/ Floronic Man's next live-action appearance was in the Swamp Thing tv series, while Poison Ivy and Bane appear in other shows like Gotham, DC's Elseworlds event series, and Batwoman.
  • The cover image for the digital art on Movies Anywhere website were updated to promote the new 2022 film The Batman.

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