Joel Schumacher is apologizing for “Batman & Robin” 20 years after the film’s release.
In a new interview with Vice, Schumacher, 77, says he’s sorry if he let down the fans with his critically panned movie. “Look, I apologize,” Schumacher said. “I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.”
The movie starred George Clooney as Batman, Chris O’Donnell as Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone was Batgirl.
With all those big names, the film was more campy and over-the-top than critics or fans may have wanted. The film was also a box-office flop and, Schumacher says, discredited him as a director. “My batting average was good,” he said. “And then after ‘Batman & Robin’, I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby.”
One of the biggest issues fans had with the movie was that Clooney’s Batman suit had nipples. Schumacher acknowledges them and notes they will probably haunt him until he dies. “Such a sophisticated world we live in where two pieces of rubber the size of erasers on old pencils, those little nubs, can be an issue,” he said. “It’s going to be on my tombstone, I know it.”
He does have an explanation for the nipples, though. “Rubber molding had become so much more advanced. So I said, let’s make it anatomical.”
Regardless of the backlash, the film has gone on to become somewhat of a cult classic for fans. Schumacher is still glad he made it, nipples and all.