Batman & Robin is widely considered to not only be one of the worst superhero movies ever made, but also one of the worst films ever made, period. This film is so legendarily awful for a myriad of reasons. The terrible villains, the awful puns and the jaw-dropping suit designs are only part of what made Joel Schumacher’s film so reviled.
Referring back to the Bat-Suit design, the addition of the Bat-Nipples from Batman Forever followed by Batman & Robin is one of the elements within the history of Batman that is most poked fun at. It is hard enough to see an actor of the caliber of George Clooney in this mess at all, but to see him put on that suit is downright laughable.
Schumacher recently spoke with Vice, in which he apologized for the failure of Batman & Robin.
“They obviously had very high expectations after Batman Forever. But perhaps it was the more innocent world in comparison, I don’t know. I just know that I’ll always go down over the nipples on Batman starting with Batman Forever.”
Schumacher also tried to reason why there were nipples added to the Batsuit:
“Well, it was made by Jose Fernandez, who was our brilliant lead sculpture. If you look at Batman and Batman Returns, it was the genius, Bob Ringwood that created those suits, so by the time we got to Batman Forever, the rubber and techniques had gotten so sophisticated. If you look at when Michael Keaton appears in the first suit, you’ll notice how large it is. It was brilliant but the best they could do at the time. By the time Batman Forever came around, rubber molding had become so much more advanced. So I said, let’s make it anatomical and gave photos of those Greek status and those incredible anatomical drawings you see in medical books. He did the nipples and when I looked at them, I thought, that’s cool.”
Knowing that this was during the 1990s before superhero films experienced a renaissance in the 2000s, Schumacher’s sentiments about the anatomical suit seemed interesting in theory. Obviously, the execution showcased that sometimes things are best kept in the concept art.
But hey, without history you are bound to repeat the same mistakes. Thankfully, each new design of the Batsuit in the newest iterations of the films have gotten consistently better, with Ben Affleck’s Batsuit being the best by far.
Batman will return to the big screen when Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.
Every DC Comics Film, Ranked From Worst To Best
The film legacy of DC Comics should never be understated, even as the maturing superhero genre continues to follow more diverse paths of success through comic book characters beyond DC’s iconic catalogue.
But not all DC movies are created equal, and there’s merit to reflecting on how these films measure up against one another as the DC Extended Universe approaches its fifth movie in the form of Justice League (and the crowd said, finally). This list attempts to do just that by holding every live-action DC movie released in theaters to a consistent set of worthwhile standards, including the quality of the film itself, the onscreen performances, cultural relevance (both within and outside of box office considerations), overall impact, contributions to the genre at large, and originality.
Put more simply, a movie on this list won’t trump another on ticket sales, alone (or at all). But perhaps you’ll find an experimental DC film getting the leg up over another that is slightly more formulaic and unremarkable, despite being remembered fondly.
For obvious reasons, it’s perfectly alright to disagree with this list, but keep in mind that expecting it to coincide with your personal opinions and observations will only leave you disappointed. That said, be sure to offer your own arguments and lists in the comments for others to weigh their opinions against, because…well, why not?
Let’s start with the worst of the DC films (not an easy task). Hit Next to continue.