Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 by Ben Pearson
June 20th marked the 20th anniversary of Batman & Robin, a superhero movie so despised by both fans and critics that it resulted in the franchise’s title hero(es) being put, as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pun-happy villain Mr. Freeze might say, “on ice” for the next eight years. In a retrospective interview about the film, director Joel Schumacher –whose very name can still cause involuntary spasms among Bat-fans who prefer their Dark Knight movies served with a heavy dose of the now-all-too-common “dark and gritty” style – revealed that he didn’t leave the Batman franchise of his own volition: he wanted to make an Arkham Asylum movie and planted the seeds for it in Batman & Robin and at the end of the previous movie, Batman Forever.
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