Most Batman fans would have little problem pointing to the worst film in the franchise. Without a doubt, Batman and Robin is the never-ending culprit in this conversation, and for good reason. The screenplay for the film was complete garbage, the villains were a complete joke, and the production design had more neon than the Las Vegas strip. Admittedly, just saying those aloud sounds like hyperbole, but those who have seen the film understand that it really isn’t.
But, as they say, you can learn the most from your biggest mistakes. So seems to be the case with George Clooney, who played the titular Batman in the film. Speaking with THR, the actor was asked which film had the biggest impact in his career.
“It’s really easy to pick: Batman & Robin. That’s not a joke. Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work. After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role. My next three films were Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
You certainly have to respect Clooney’s ability to learn from his mistakes. While Batman and Robin may not have been his fault, it at least encouraged him to have a heavier hand in the creation of his films. Since then, for the most part, I think it’s fair to say he’s had an incredibly solid filmography that ranges from films like O Brother, Where Art Thou and Syriana.
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