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Joel Schumacher finally apologises to fans for Batman & Robin

Talk about a long time coming.

It’s taken 20 years but Batman fans finally have an official apology from Joel Schumacher for making the catastrophe that is Batman & Robin.

The critically acclaimed filmmaker finally broke his long silence and issued a sincere apology to fans of the Caped Crusader, a film that to this day remains one of the worst superhero movies of all time.

Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.

Fair play to the man. I mean the film is horrific, but it’s no reflection on the directors talents considering his CV includes hits like Flatliners, The Lost Boys and Phone Booth. However the fallout from it’s release did impact his career for many years, almost ruining his creditability all together.

You know, I just knew not to do a sequel. If you get lucky, walk away. But everybody at Warner Brothers just expected me to do one. Maybe it was some hubris on my part. I had a batting average of 1,000, so I went from falling down a bit after Lost Boys, to a kind of a genius with The Client, a big blockbuster with Batman Forever, then had great reviews with A Time to Kill, so my batting average was good. 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.

Joel Schumacher now joins George Clooney, who played Batman, in publicly issuing an apology to fans for making the 1997 mega-flop.

It’s never easy taking over a film franchise, especially when your predecessor is Tim Burton, who set the bar stupidly high in the first place with Batman (1989). But with Batman Forever proving a box office success, but critical flop, perhaps he should have known better and simply walked away.

Then again, had Schumacher not released Batman & Robin, would Christopher Nolan have had the same level of passion and incentive to make Batman Begins?… Who knows.

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