True Story. When Joel Schumacher‘s “Batman and Robin” came out, my 6 year old nephew was obsessed with Batman (I have no idea where he could have got that from *cough*). “Batman Forever” while not as good as the Tim Burton movies wasn’t that bad, and the little guy wanted to see it. What the hell. I rock as a Uncle, so we went. About halfway through the movie, he asked to leave. That was the last time he ever spoke to me. “Batman and Robin” may be the most reviled comic book to screen fiasco of all time, however we got off lucky. Schumacher, while promoting his latest movie ‘Tresspass’ revealed he had plans for a 5th Batman movie. Batman: Triumphant with Nicolas Cage as the Scarecrow.
Sorry, I just had to run around my office in some sort of weird solo victory lap. That is the most terribly awesome sounding movie I have ever heard of! Cage, as the Scarecrow, would have used his fear toxins to make Bats (who we could only pray would have seen George Clooney return to the role) see past enemies. Jack Nicholson as the Joker, since he was still under contract, would have appeared in this turd burger! No word on Schwarzenegger, Thurman or any of the other half dozen or so villains, but we can dream.
This is what Schumacher told The Playlist:
“I was supposed to do a fifth one, I was talking to Nic Cage about playing the Scarecrow. I had begged the studio for [the Frank Miller comic] ‘The Dark Knight [Returns],’ but they wanted a family friendly, toyetic thing.”
Then “Batman and Robin” was released upon the world like a biblical plague and Schumacher was dumped from the franchise so the healing process could begin. Apparently he kept talking in the interview though, “I gave up a lot of money, but, no regrets. I have awards for selling more Batman toys than anyone in the world.” He does admit he made the wrong choices with the movie, “I did my job. It was more family friendly and it sold a lot of toys, and it supported the Warner Bros. stores. But I did disappoint a lot of fans.” Which is an understatement.
Wait, who the hell gives out awards for selling Batman toys? Argh, let’s move on.
Please tell me that somewhere out there in the multiverse, “Batman: Triumphant” was made, tell me it was released, tell me society broke down in to two warring factions. Those that believed the Joel Schumacher should be killed for what he did, and those that wanted him tortured then killed.