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Batman & Robin
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Bill Finger is freezing in his grave after this Iceman cometh.
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: Arnold Schwarzenegger
George Clooney
Chris O'Donnell
Uma Thurman
Alicia Silverstone
Michael Gough
Pat Hingle
Elle Macpherson
Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt
Distributed By: Warner Bros.
Release Date: June 20, 1997
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)


Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Akiva Goldsman.

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 her Venom to transform a diminutive prisoner into the "super-soldier" Bane. She refuses to partner with Dr. Woodrue, so he tries to kill her 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 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. He is, however, in the early stages of the disease for which Mr. Freeze has developed a cure, despite 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 is 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 able to free themselves 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.

Why It Sucks

  1. Executive Meddling: Joel Schumacher wanted to continue Tim Burton's dark and edgy tone with this movie and Batman Forever and even planned an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, but, Warner Bros. decided to make it lighthearted by making it appeal to kids and sell toys.
    • In fact, Joel Schumacher himself has even lamented the series with being used as a toy commercial.
  2. While the premise of Batman and Robin going up against Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze sounded very original, it was sadly ruined with a horrible execution that essentially turned the original Batman film series into a dead horse.
  3. Unbelievably bad one-liners and puns from Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze.
  4. Chris O'Donnell's acting is that of a spoiled brat and all-around moron, and his character Robin spends most of his screen-time whining and complaining.
  5. Poor grasps to the source material, Barbara/Batgirl is now Alfred Pennyworth's niece instead of Commissioner Jim Gordon.
  6. Blatant disregard for physics (i.e. characters being able to safely jump from dangerous heights).
  7. Several plot holes and inconsistencies, including but not limited to:
    • Somehow, Mr. Freeze can 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.
  8. Countless amounts of product placement, such as the Apple (Mac) computers.
  9. Very poor acting on everyone's part, especially George Clooney in his performance as Batman.
  10. The villains are not as good as they were in the comics books for many reasons:
    • Bane is portrayed as being incredibly dim-witted in stark contrast to his comic book counterpart, who has genius-level intellect.
    • Jason Woodrue, who is a Swamp Thing villain as the Floronic Man, creates Bane and Poison Ivy.
  11. The first two films had a very dark and serious tone, and while the third film was a bit light-hearted, it had its dark moments as well. This film, however, is way too colorful and has a campy, almost Adam West TV series style. In fact, the whole movie feels more like a feature-length toy commercial than an actual Batman movie.
    • Not to mention, a cartoon sound effect can appear when a fighting scene happens.
  12. Batman himself, despite being very rich, has... A BAT CREDIT CARD! who should never leave the cave without it.
  13. Numerous unnecessary homoerotic innuendos, like the camera zooming in on everyone's buttocks and crotches during the opening sequence, and 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).
  14. Most of the Batman fans thought that George Clooney made a poor Batman, and Clooney himself even admitted that he despised playing Batman. 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.
  15. There are numerous moments that make the movie feel like an unintentional comedy.
  16. Poison Ivy's origin story copies Selina Kyle's backstory from Batman Returns, as both backstories involve a shy scientist discovering her boss' evil plans and he tries to kill her, but she revives and transforms into a villain.
  17. Batgirl barely contributes to the plot, and thus there is no need for her to be in the movie.
  18. Pointless subplots such as Barbara's motorcycling hobby, Alfred's sickness, and Wayne's plans with his girlfriend.
  19. On the topic of Wayne's girlfriend, she is bland, underdeveloped, and even unnecessary.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Michael Gough's performance as Alfred Pennyworth is good.
  2. While he does make for a very poor Batman, George Clooney is actually quite good when's he playing Bruce Wayne.
    • The conversation between Bruce and the bedridden Alfred is very touching.
  3. While the film mostly treats Mr. Freeze as a joke, it keeps his sympathetic backstory from the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode "Heart of Ice" intact.
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger, known as T-800 in the Terminator franchise, did do a pretty impressive performance.
  5. Mr. Freeze is quite intimidating in some scenes, such as his very first freezing of a man (before a corny one-liner kills the mood), his enraged breakdown after learning his wife is apparently dead and his last scene where he threatens Poison Ivy in Arkham Asylum.
  6. Some of the action scenes are pretty decent, though not as good as the first three Batman films.
  7. There are a few good camera shots throughout the entire film.
  8. The soundtrack that was composed by Elliot Goldenthal is amazing, also, there is a very awesome and catchy song at the ending credits called "The End Is The Beginning Is The End" that was performed by The Smashing Pumpkins.
  9. Almost all the vehicles in the film look really cool to look at.
  10. The special effects are good, especially since most of them are practical with a small touch of CGI.
  11. The outfits are nicely done (if it weren't for the fact that they put Batnipples and Badasses on the superhero suits).
  12. The late Joel Schumacher apologized to angry Batman fans for ruining the film's franchise.
  13. As mentioned above, the film has many unintentionally funny moments.
  14. This and Batman Forever are discredited in favor of the Batman ‘89 comics set after Batman and Batman Returns, confirming that Batman Forever and Batman & Robin are in their own continuity.

Reception

Batman & Robin received negative reviews from critics, audiences, and fans alike, and is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time and the worst film of the Batman films. The film holds an 11% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 91 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." Metacritic scores the film a 28/100, based on reviews from 21 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".

Box Office

Batman & Robin opened up at #1 on its opening weekend with a gross of $14,612. It would later make a domestic gross of $107,325,195. In overseas box offices, it made $130,881,927. Overall, Batman & Robin made $238,207,122 against its $125 million budget and was a box office disappointment.

Awards and nominations

Batman & Robin was nominated for 10 Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, but it only won one for Alicia Silverstone as Worst Supporting Actress. Despite the nominations, Batman & Robin won a Kid's Choice Award for Alicia Silverstone as Favorite Actress.

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

In 1998, a year after Batman & Robin was released, Warner Brothers 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 in order 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.

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Trivia

  • There were originally plans for a fifth Batman film to be released in 1999 titled Batman Unchained; its premise was intended to have Batman battle the Scarecrow. However, plans for the fifth film and all future 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 Batman and Robin failed, Warner Bros. rebooted the franchise in 2005 with the theatrically-released film Batman Begins, which featured elements from the cancelled sequel and received more praise from critics and fans alike.
  • 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 being in a few movies, including Last Action Hero.

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Comments


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Demon Horse

17 months ago
Score 6
This movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's so bad it's good.
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 2
Yeah the idea was great but was badly executed, but to my personal it's also better than Catwoman
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ACoolBlaze5

9 months ago
Score 0
I thought this was WAYYY too cheesy
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 2
I want a car!, chicks dig the car.
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Demon Horse

7 months ago
Score 3
This is why Superman works alone.
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Dr. Nicholback

5 months ago
Score 0
“You want a car? Chicks dig the car.”
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Dragos133

6 months ago
Score 0
This movie is a disaster.
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+never4ever+

5 months ago
Score 2
Batman Forever was "somewhat" decent since Jim Carrey was really suited to play as the Riddler. A pity the same can't be said about Two-Face.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 1
The Bat Credit Card, never leave the cave without it.
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BlakeIsHere458

2 months ago
Score 1
🤣🤣🤣🤣
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BlakeIsHere458

2 months ago
Score 1
Batman & Robin & Knuckles
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MrAnonymous

one month ago
Score 0

BAT CREDIT CARD


Also, what the fuck? Why is the camera showing closeups of everyone's asses and cocks?
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Declan Kearns

28 days ago
Score 0
The Best "Worst" Superhero movie of all time.
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Loglogas

25 days ago
Score 0
who stuck up the big fat middle finger to this movie?
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AbareKillerFan 2002

22 days ago
Score 0
The only funny thing of this movie was Mr Freeze's puns

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