George Clooney has made no secret of the fact that his time as the Dark Knight in Batman & Robin was indeed a dark time for him, but he recently dished even more to Howard Stern.
Clooney may not have had really big shoes to fill after the departure of Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, but the 4th movie managed to fall short of fans’ lowered expectations and has been a running footnote in the legacy of Batman movies for many years since.
George Clooney appeared on Howard Stern’s SirusXM show and talked about the pain of filming a movie that has left a long sour effect on fans of the Dark Knight. He talked about how he is incapable of rewatching the movie because it is “physically” painful to see his work in it.
George Clooney’s Dark Knight
When talking about production on the film here is what he had to say:
“I couldn’t have done that one differently,” Clooney said when Stern asked about production regrets. “It’s a big machine, that thing. You have to remember at that point, I was just an actor getting an acting job. I wasn’t the guy who could greenlight a movie.”
It looks like Clooney knew then that installment of Batman wasn’t going to go well, and even though he was the lead actor, he was still just another name in the credits and couldn’t risk his job by making any comments on the script or direction of the movie. Clooney continued to talk about being on stage with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and that during the filming they didn’t share a lot time together.
Also, during his time working on the movie, Clooney had received $1 million for his time while Schwarzenegger got $25 million for his time as Mr. Freeze. Nevertheless, Clooney felt that everyone involved had a part to play in this dud, and added:
”The truth of the matter is, I was bad in it. Akiva Goldsman — who’s won the Oscar for writing since then — he wrote the screenplay. And it’s a terrible screenplay, he’ll tell you. I’m terrible in it, I’ll tell you. Joel Schumacher, who just passed away, directed it, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, it didn’t work.’ We all whiffed on that one.”
It looks like everyone who worked on this movie was more than willing to share the blame with George Clooney. What do you think of his latest thoughts on the movie? Do you watch Batman & Robin sometimes? Make sure you comment below and stay up to date with The Illuminerdi for more DC news and features.