It’s been almost twenty years since Batman & Robin nearly killed the superhero genre, but fans continue to criticize director Joel Schumacher for the Bat Credit Card, Arnie’s ice puns, and the film’s overall cheesy tone. It might be time to finally give Schumacher a break, though, especially now that he’s officially apologized for the movie.
Talking to Vice, Schumacher admitted that the film wasn’t just bad, but a major letdown for Batman fans everywhere.
“I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that,” he stated.
Schmacher went on to say, “I never planned on being, that dreadful quote, ‘a blockbuster king’ because my other films were much smaller and had just found success with the audience and not often with the critics, which is really why we wrote them. And then after Batman & Robin, I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby.”
Of course this technically isn’t the first time Schmacher has apologized for Batman & Robin. Even as the movie was coming out, he seemed to know that a lot of people weren’t going to like it.
As much as we all love to joke about Schmacher’s failure, the guy’s had 20 years to live with his mistake. So perhaps we should all finally move on from Batman & Robin and instead focus on where Warner Bros. went wrong with Batman v Superman.