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Batman & Robin

The 1997 movie directed by Joel Schumacher

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Holy Guano Batman!

  • Jun 13, 2009
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There is no one movie in the world of comic book movie franchises that gets more hatemail, disgust or just plain bad press then this one.  Batman and Robin.

Are you a fan of the 1960's Batman show, or of George Clooney?  If No is both your answers go back the way you came and don't look back.  You will probably hate this.

Batman quickly went from the hottest movie property in 1995 to a stock you couldn't get 10 cents for after this film came out in 1997.  That is how bad a franchise killer this was.

The story?  Batman and Robin must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from taking over the world.  I'm not lying thats mostly it.

Joel Schumacher knew what he was getting into when he made this.  While he wanted to make the Batman Year One story, he was told to make a light and what was called "toyetic" movie.  No joke, he was told to make a movie with as much pizazz in it to sell as many toys for the movie so that the studio could make even more money.  A lesson is there somewhere.  Furthermore, Bat Girl gets shoehorned in here to try and get more little girls to see the movie and shes as effective as sunscreen on the North Pole.  Schumacher on the DVD has expressed his condolences to the viewer for how the movie eneded up.  Yeah, it ended up that bad.  Schumacher admitted his mistakes, and for that he's a man.  Lets leave him alone now.

If you saw Batman Forver, you know that movie is pretty garish and colorful at times making for what was a pretty colorful and fun movie to look at.  Batman and Robin ramps up the lightshows in this one and it's in a word NUMBING.  You may want to have asprin on hand if you watch this movie.

Further more reason for the asprin is Arnold Schwartzenager as Mr. Freeze.  Talk about ridiculous costumes, it looks like Astronauts on Ice.  Every one of Arnolds lines is a corny joke or pun and it's key point number 1 in why this movie gets eggs thrown at it.  I guess another thing I personally think is lame is that garish costume of his is a life support system since he can't live in warm temperatures.  What does something so valuable to his life run on?  Diamonds or course, something expensive and hard to come by!  Why not something cheap and plentiful like grass or oatmeal or something else?  If my life depended on a suit I built and it needed a power source, I'd try and keep it nice and cheap.

Lastly and this is how much this movie suffers, you ultimatly don't care two bat droppings about the minute story that we end up caring mostly about a subplot concerning Alfred the butler who is sick.  Seriously.  Alfreds scenes are the best parts of this movie.  Where was his poster at bus stops?  Did he get action figures?

There are a couple things I liked.  No I'm not kidding.  Uma Thurman really rises above some of this and was nice as Poison Ivy (did I mention shes sexy as hell?)

Another is that George Clooney brought up a real good point in the documentary on one of the discs.  Batman at one point should stop brooding and feeling pained with his parents being gone and try and enjoy his money, sportscars and the rest of the great life he has.  Thats a good point and shows a nice touch of character development.  Some people didn't like this which makes me wonder when it's okay to introduce character development to characters in francises.  Seriously, people talk all the time about their characters being the same or being flat, we get an attempt at going somewhere with a hugely popular personality and then no one liked it.  I don't get it.  They're not REWRITING Bruce's past just deciding that it's been talked about enough and that Bruce should move on.  Two of the previous films and the one right afterword dealt with his parents murder, really let the character grow some more and leave that story point alone and let Bruce grow out a bit.  I KNOW it's the reason he's Batman, but he hasn't forgotten, he's just trying to have some fun for once.

I can't really say anything else.  It's Batman and the movie does have a kitsch to it so I give it a spin once in a while but I make sure to watch the others about five more times.  Batman isn't supposed to be light and fluffy he's supposed to be dark and this shines like a neon sign.  That neon sign says "WE HAVE BATMAN TOYS!"
Batman, Robin and Batgirl The new Batcave Mr. Freeze with his threats for THE WORLD! Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy Racing to the final battle with Mr. Freeze Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze

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October 21, 2010
Uma was brilliant here, I can tell she had fun with this role, great review.
October 21, 2010
Oh yeah.
May 10, 2010
Good God, this is was a terrible movie.  I rarely go negative on Lunch, but I did do on this one.  I haven't written a review yet... mostly because I forgot about the movie.  I just remember that I saw it when I was ten and I thought it was horrible.  I haven't seen it since.  And have not had the desire to.  So mostly, I won't write a review because it's not worth sitting through again to prepare for it.  And that rarely happens to me.  To hate a movie so much I don't even want to watch it to see how bad it is...
May 10, 2010
I got the same problem with Episode II. As much as I hated Watchmen, I was able to watch some of it again and like it a little more then I did the first time after I finally read the superior book.
June 14, 2009
Nice review. When I was kid I loved the Batman show and comics. The movies I find I don't care for much.
June 13, 2009
Best review title ever!
June 13, 2009
Ya this pretty much was the worst Batman film of all time, I liked that you tried to give it some good vibes too!  This was a great review.  I like how mentioned the documentary with George Clooney wanting Bruce to have more fun with what he owns.  I think we actually get to see that a little in Batman Begins  and The Dark Knight.  Did you enjoy the Christopher Nolan films?
June 13, 2009
Both of his movies (Nolans) rocked. The dialogue does get pretentious at times but either one of them is better then any of the other four.
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Quick Tip by . January 05, 2012
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One of the worst movies of all time and easily the worst Batman movie ever made. I saw this turd in the theaters back in 1997 and even as a 9 year-old who didn't take film seriously, I still hated the crap out of it. It makes me wonder if Schumacher and Warner Bros. were trying to undo all the previous efforts of taking Batman seriously. While I have mixed feelings about Nolan's relaunch of Batman, I commend him for at least getting rid of all the stupid, campy shit that doesn't belong …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
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Too hammy, glammy and childish to appeal to the masses. It's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. It became a standard setter for "worst movies since" but it's not THAT bad.
Quick Tip by . May 10, 2010
Ultra overproduced groan fest with bad one liners, bat credit cards and pointlessness. It's kitschy though.
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
Ghastly overproduced, corny and cliche ridden sinks this one badly. Batman's less brooding attitude was a nice change of pace though.
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Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is a sequel to Batman Forever (1995), with George Clooney replacing Val Kilmer as Batman. Batman & Robin also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, and Michael Gough. The film tells the story of Batman and Robin struggling to keep their relationship together. At the same time, they have to stop Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Bane from covering Gotham City with ice and vegetation.

Development for Batman & Robin started immediately after Batman Forever, and Warner Bros. commissioned the film for an adamant June 1997 release. Principal photography began in September 1996 and finished in January 1997, two weeks ahead of the shooting schedule. Batman & Robin was released on June 20, 1997, and was critically panned. Observers criticized the film for its toyetic and camp approach, as well as possible homosexual innuendo added by Schumacher. Batman & Robin received 11 nominations at the 1997 ceremony of the Razzie Awards, including one for Worst Picture, and frequently ranks among the worst superhero films of all time. After this, Warner Bros. canceled the unproduced Batman Triumphant, and the film series was eventually rebooted with Batman Begins (2005) by director Christopher Nolan.

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