Batman & Robin

Batman & Robin

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Batman & Robin is a superhero film based on the Batman franchise. It is considered by many to be the worst superhero movie ever made, and is widely mocked on the internet.

History

The film was originally greenlit after the financial success of the previous film in the series, Batman Forever – and Joel Schumacher, the director of said film, was immediately signed back on to work on the sequel. Both of Schumacher’s films were significant departures from their immediate predecessors (Batman and Batman Returns), both of which were directed by Tim Burton. While Burton’s films were largely dark and serious, the tone of Schumacher’s films were comparatively lighthearted and campy. The film was released in theaters on June 20th, 1997.



While Batman And Robin was a financial success, the film was immediately panned upon its release, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting that only 12% of critics and 16% of audiences enjoyed the film.[1] Film critic Roger Ebert claimed that the film had “nothing authentic at its core” and gave the film two stars.[2] Plans for a sequel featuring Nicolas Cage were scrapped due to the reception of the film,[3] and Joel Schumacher eventually apologized to the fans of the Batman series for the way the film turned out.[4]

Impact

Even years after the film’s release, vocal dislike for the film is still apparent. Empire Magazine held a poll of the worst films ever made according to its userbase, and Batman And Robin was ranked as the worst movie ever made.[5]

The film has since become a goldmine for online reviewers to rip into. On November 12th, 2002, Dr. Winston O’Boogie wrote an extensive recap for The Agony Booth, going into each and every detail that he hated about the movie.[6] On May 23rd, 2008, the Nostalgia Critic reviewed the film (shown below, left). He expressed intense dislike for the film, particularly showing disgust toward the Bat Credit Card that appears as a throwaway gag. Cinema Sins produced a video containing everything wrong with the film, clocking in at over 19 minutes (shown below, right).



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