Batman and Robin writer Akiva Goldsman has apologized for writing the much-ridiculed film.
One of the most maligned films in the last couple of decades has to be Batman and Robin, a film that is still parodied to date. The film has been severely mocked for its cartoonish action sequences, poor and borderline comedic writing, as well as George Clooney’s casting as the Caped Crusader. The film was so poorly-received that Warner Bros. had no choice but to put the Batman franchise on pause for years so audiences could forget the blunder than was Batman and Robin. Since then, the film has been reevaluated by fans and has become an interesting part of DC’s legacy, showing just how varied the takes on the Dark Knight have been. Now, decades later, writer Akiva Goldsman has apologized for writing the second Joel Schumacher-directed Batman film.
In a recent interview with Collider, Akiva Goldsman was asked how he felt about Batman and Robin, which has achieved cult-like status by both film and Batman fans in recent years.
“As for Batman & Robin, that one just confused me. I mean, we didn’t mean for it to be bad. I swear, nobody was like, ‘This will be bad.’ We were really thinking… I mean, here’s the irony: There was a reel that was put together halfway through [filming] where it actually looked dark in an interesting way. It just is what it is and I’m sorry. I think we’re all sorry.”
There’s pure sincerity in what Akiva Goldsman has to say, especially because the choices made on Batman and Robin were extremely unique and would have been hard to replicate by anyone besides Goldsman and Schumacher. Batman Forever, the predesccor to the frequently shaded film, saw the writer and director duo trying to balance both the Tim Burton darkness and Adam West campiness. With Forever proving to be a success, it made sense that the duo leaned in heavily into what made their first Batman film so special. Of course, things didn’t work out for Goldsman and Schumacher, but at least the former is apologetic over it.
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The next film focusing on The Dark Knight is titled The Batman. Directed by Matt Reeves from a script he co-wrote with Mattson Tomlin, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.
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