Batman & RobinJune 20, 1997
Batman & Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 3.6/10 (103,888 voted)
Critic's Score: 28/100
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell
Batman and Robin are back working side-by-side to stop the villains of Gotham City, but is there tension appearing between them, especially when one villainess who calls herself Poison Ivy can make anyone fall in love with her…literally. Along with Poison Ivy, the icy Mr. Freeze is freezing anything which gets in his way from achieving his goal.
Writers: Bob Kane, Akiva Goldsman
Dr. Victor Fries
Dr. Pamela Isley
Commissioner James Gordon
Dr. Jason Woodrue
Vivica A. Fox
Ms. B. Haven
Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen
(as Vendela K. Thommessen)
Aztec Museum Guard
Michael Reid MacKay
Strength. Courage. Honor. And loyalty. On June 20, it ALL comes together…
Release Date: 20 June 1997
Filming Locations: Courthouse Square, Backlot, Universal Studios – 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $42,872,606
(22 June 1997)
(25 January 1998)
Did You Know?
Hulk Hogan was Joel Schumacher's third choice to play Mr. Freeze.
When Poison Ivy arrives at the Gotham Charity Flower Ball, (her first appearance in the film), the length of her hair changes throughout the scene.
[Alfred misses the doorbell]
I must have dozed off. My sincerest apologies.
Oh, there's no apology necessary, Alfred. It's the first time it's happened in 30 years.
Quite Possibly the Worst Movie Ever
Don't get me wrong, the old Adam West Batman TV show was certainly funny,
and given the times, a more accurate representation of what Batman was
trying to be wouldn't have succeeded nearly as well. But the show still
betrayed all the emotion and grimness of Batman's themes.
In Batman & Robin, Schumacher seems to be getting back to those roots. He
treats the entire Batman franchise like a joke. Even if it was funny, this
would be betraying the name of Batman. But here, seeing as it's NOT funny,
it only succeeds in becoming the worst of the Batman movies, and,
the worst films ever created. And I'm taking into account Plan 9 From
Space, Gigli, and You Got Served.
George Clooney just plays George Clooney. Which is the road he usually
takes, but this suave, dashing, and charming Batman seems more like
Men's Captain Amazing than the crimefighter of legend.
There's Chris O'Donnell, the angst-ridden Robin trying to break out of
Batman's shadow. The only thing he ever really does is act like a
Alicia Silverstone. Wow. I seriously wonder what makes someone say, "Hmm,
who should we get to play Batgirl . . . I know! Alicia Silverstone!" No
offense to Alicia, but she's out in right field on this one. Her
performance is sprinkled with reminders of her Clueless days. But all that
aside, she actually does very little.
Now, onto the villains. Uma Thurman, who we know CAN act, is hamming it up
to ridiculous proportions. First, when she's playing the nerdy Dr. Pamela,
she exaggerates that to a level I thought impossible. And then she
inexplicably turns into an extremely sexualized villainess whose plan, by
the way, would kill all the plants she advocated protecting.
Arnold seems like the worst possible choice for Mr. Freeze. I mean, of all
the Batman villains I could see him playing – Bane, for christ's sake –
Freeze is not on that list. He possesses none of the emotionless,
calculated, and cold (no pun intended) sociopathy which makes Mr. Freeze
such a good character.
And then, all that aside, they're handed ridiculous catch phrases and
cliches they're expected to say with any level of sincerity? At one point
Mr. Freeze says "chill out." Of all the ways it sounds, menacing is not
Seriously, I'd have more respect for Schumacher if I discovered that he
hated Batman, and had intentionally ruined it with this garbage. Then,
might actually be just his own personal joke. Instead, it borders on a
travesty of good cinema. I only wish that 0 stars was a selectable option
the imdb, for this film ALONE.