Joel Schumacher Owns Batman Mistakes, Wanted a Darker Take
Joel Schumacher made two Batman movies, and while one (such as myself) could argue that Batman Forever is a fun outing, it’s pretty much universally agreed that the George Clooney-starring Batman & Robin is not. Schumacher admitted during a recent interview with IFC.com that he made a miscalculation in taking on the projects.
“I broke a rule of mine, which is never to do a sequel of anything,” he said of his second Batman flick. “I’m responsible for everything. I said, ‘yes’ and I took it on. It’s not my favorite movie I’ve ever made, but I’m proud of my cast and I’m proud of all the artists who worked on it. I take full responsibility for Batman & Robin.”
Interestingly, Schumacher also said that his original plan for the Forever follow-up would have been a much darker take than the three previous films in the series. “I think I’m the most envious of Chris Nolan because he got to do The Dark Knight — and that’s the one I begged to do as my second Batman film,” he said.
“I wanted to do a whole other thing, because we had kind of re-invented franchise with Val as Batman and it was a very young, sexy, and much less expensive movie. We brought in Robin and I wanted to make The Dark Knight desperately, but the studio didn’t want that and it’s their money and they’re my bosses.”