There only three certainties in life: death, taxes and 'Batman & Robin' being the second-worst superhero movie ever. (Congratulations, Shaq; 'Kazaam' still wins that dubious honor!) 'B&R' director Joel Schumacher is doing press rounds for the upcoming Nicolas Cage-Nicole Kidman thriller 'Trespass,' and when talk in a recent sit-down with IFC
turned to his superhero oeuvre, Schumacher was surprisingly honest. "Sequels are made for one reason. Because 'Batman Forever' was an unexpected sensation, and the second-biggest grossing movie for the whole year, and everyone made so much money out of 'Batman Forever,' it was always, 'more, more more.'" Which is how you get to rubber suits with prominent nipple placement. Schumacher says he's proud of 'Batman & Robin' but does regret one thing: that Warner Bros. didn't ask him to also direct 'The Dark Knight.' Pause here for fanboy head explosions.
"I think I'm the most envious of Chris Nolan because he got to do 'The Dark Knight' -- and that's the one I begged to do as my second Batman film," Schumacher told IFC
. "I wanted to do a whole other thing, because we had kind of re-invented franchise with Val [Kilmer as Batman [in 'Batman Forever'] and it was a very young, sexy, and much less expensive movie. We brought in Robin and I wanted to make 'The Dark Knight' desperately, but the studio didn't want that and it's their money and they're my bosses."
For his part, Schumacher thinks the aforementioned Kilmer is the best onscreen Batman. "I thought he looked great in the costume, and I thought he brought a depth to the role." OK, then!
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