The costume worn by George Clooney in the film Batman and Robin is seen during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History as Warner Bros. donates memorabilia to the museum on March 8, 2013.  More than 30 objects from 13 Warner Bros. films spanning 1942 to 2005 will be added to the National Museum of American History’s entertainment collections, including Halle Berry’s costume from the 2004 film Catwoman, props from the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a selection of stop-action puppets used by director Tim Burton for the 2005 film Corpse Bride.   AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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Joel Schumacher Taking On Batman Was A Huge Relief To Tim Burton
While fans hold the two Tim Burton-directed “Batman” movies in higher regard than Joel Schumacher’s films, Burton has a lesser appreciation of the character than his successor and disregarded the comic’s lore. When Schumacher was approached to direct the follow-up to “Batman Returns,” the director shared that Burton was all too ready to leave the franchise behind.
Schumacher, a Batman fan from childhood, was highly interested in directing the sequel but wouldn’t do it without Burton’s approval, explaining, “I said, ‘Well Tim Burton is a friend of mine, so I have to go and ask Tim first.’ Because if he doesn’t want me to do it I’m not going to do it, because this is his franchise. I had lunch with Tim and he said, ‘Oh take it, take it please!’”
Unfortunately, Schumacher’s lighthearted approach to the hero was less appealing to fans who had grown used to the darker takes on Batman from the comics and the Burton adaptations. Despite the films’ backlash, it isn’t difficult to see which of the directors was a true fan, as Schumacher’s “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin” deeply explored the characters behind the masks.