Joel Schumacher

Walk into any comic shop across America and it isn’t hard to find someone who has something to say about Joel Schumacher’s horrid attempt at the Dark Knight and his oddly designed bat-nipples. Ok, they were regular nipples, but what the hell were they doing on the outside of his and Robin’s costumes? That’s the question that many a fan screamed at the screen when they saw the atrocity that was 1997’s, Batman & RobinFinally, after much speculation and debate, fans have an answer from the creator himself. Schumacher finally addressed the nipples!

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Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.” In honor of it’s 20th anniversary, Vice Magazine decided to write a feature piece on 1997’s Batman & Robin. As part of their story, they reached out to the infamous, Joel Schumacher, who directed the film. For some, “disappointed” is probably more of an understatement, and others may feel they’re owed more. It’s hard to believe, but twenty years was a long time ago. But when it comes to the tale of Batman & Robin, the sting feels like it happened just yesterday.

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More news straight from the recently robbed Sony vault people; and we have a mix of revelations to dish out (once piece in particular leaving Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal, looking rather “two-faced,”). With emails bouncing back and forth like a swing band full of ritalin and sugar-pop, overtice.com have been able to extract some more voyeuristically joyful imformation that we are relishing – in a schadenfreudian sense, of course – due to the torrent of bad movies they have assaulted our senses with in the past decade. It’s nothing personal (…oh, wait… maybe it is?!), as, if you are a fan of the Spiderman comics like myself, perhaps, you too, will be rubbing your hand together before reading this tangled web of a mess, feeling nothing but unadulterated gleefulness’. (more…)

We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.

And here we are at the end of the most painful part of this retrospective. I relived the Schumacher era and survived, so now it’s time to talk about the last tragic installment in this chapter of the Batman’s cinematic saga: Batman & Robin. It’s one of the most universally loathed films in history, and managed to knock the Dark Knight’s movie franchise flat for an eight-year stretch. It’s the reason Joel Schumacher‘s name is still met with scowls when you mention him around fanboys (though in his defense, he’s made some pretty decent movies since), and it’s still the biggest blemish on George Clooney‘s career. But just as I was surprised last week that I hate Batman Forever for a different reason than most people, I was surprised this week with a revelation about Batman & Robin: I actually find it less terrible than its predecessor.

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We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.

Yes, the moment we’ve been dreading is here. After Batman two weeks ago and Batman Returns last week, we’ve arrived in the Dark Ages of the Dark Knight: the Schumacher Era. Granted, of the two Joel Schumacher Bat-films, Batman Forever is definitely…well, less awful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to stomach, especially after two weeks of competent (if contentious) Burton films. But as I was taking in this disastrous flick this week, something interesting happened. I had an epiphany. Oh don’t worry, I still hate this flick. The epiphany came when I realized, for the first time, why it is that I really hate it.

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Batman Live, the multimillion-dollar arena stage show that kicked off a European tour in Manchester, England last summer, is finally making its way to the states. The show’s U.S. premiere is scheduled for this September in Anaheim, with stops in 8 other cities to follow.

Batman Live
‘s 42-person cast includes the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, naturally, as well as a villain lineup featuring The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and The Penguin.

Here’s the list of dates announced thus far:

Anaheim, CA — Sept. 5-9
St. Paul, MN — Sept. 13-16
San Jose, CA — Sept. 20-23
Los Angeles, CA — Sept. 27-30
Las Vegas, NV — Oct. 3-7
Oklahoma City, OK — Oct. 10-14
Rio Rancho, NM — Oct. 17-21
Colorado Springs, CO — Oct. 23-24
Loveland, CO — Oct. 26-28

“Meh” Joel Schumacher’s Batman meets cirque du solgay. I’m not interested. Far too cheesy. Plus, there doesn’t appear be any East Coast dates lined up, so I’m out.  I will say that Poison Ivy gets my body ready for sexual intercourse.

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.

*squeeeeee*

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:

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