While all of Hollywood may be speculating on the identity of the next Caped Crusader, don’t ask one-time Batman George Clooney what he thinks.
“I’m not sure,” he replies when asked which actor should step into the role. Clooney was taking part in a video interview conducted by Variety with his “Catch-22” co-star Christopher Abbott. The actor infamously played Gotham’s finest in the critically derided “Batman & Robin” in 1997.
“I screwed it up so badly, I’m not allowed to weigh in on those subject matters anymore,” he says.
One thing from his past Clooney is open to talking about is his days on the long-running medical drama “ER”.
“I’ve been binge-watching ‘ER’,” he says jokingly, while his younger co-star admits he hasn’t seen an episode of the show. But that doesn’t mean Clooney hasn’t seen Abbott’s TV work.
“I actually went back and watched a couple of episodes of Chris on ‘Girls’ and, listen, it’s not fully my cup of tea as a show but that’s probably because I’m a 57-year-old man,” he says.
“Catch-22” is Clooney’s first return to TV in a regular role since his days as Dr. Doug Ross, noting he sees a bit of himself in Abbott, 33.
“I was exactly your age when ‘ER’ hit,” he tells Abbott. “I’ve recognized a lot of things in Chris that I think are more mature than I had when I was his age, but the one thing where I see real similarity is in the way he can take this in stride and sort of be the captain of the ship. It was a big ship, and he had to be the captain of it. And he did it easily.”
Based on the classic Joseph Heller wartime novel, the “Catch-22” limited series with Clooney and Abbott drops on Hulu on May 17.