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Batman and Robin - 1997

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Batman and Robin - released June 20, 1997

Directed by Joel Schumacher
Written by Lee Batchler
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone

Production budget: $125,000,000

Box Office:
Domestic American market earnings $107,325,195
Foreign market earnings $130,881,927
Total worldwide haul: $238,207,122


Batman and Robin: A Legendary Movie Production

I saw Batman and Robin on opening day in 1997, accompanied by a rabid Batman comic book and movie fan of long aquiantance. We expected something along the lines of the Val Kilmer Batman Forever. And why not? It was directed by the same guy, Joel Schumacher, and seemed to be in the same vein. We weren't big fans of that film, and could spend a lot of time picking it apart, but that film looks like Citizen Kane compared to what Schumacher foisted on us with Batman and Robin. My friend walked out of the theatre very angry, and I walked out shaking my head... they had spent a fortune on making a badly modernized version of the Adam West TV Batman.

George Clooney has spent decades now apologizing for the film whenever it is brought up, but the problem in the movie isn't Clooney (or anyone else in the cast). A person might say the movie is not subtle, but that misses the point. It is loaded with over-the-top acting (especially poor Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy) and the screen is an eyesore of garish colors. The scenes in Gotham make the city look like a mock-burlesque show or at least somebodies imitation of a burlesque show. And that's the whole issue, in a nutshell, it's an imitation of the old TV Show by way of imitating Tim Burton and imitating elements drawn from various DC Batman comic book stories, with all of the imitation "turned up to eleven." No wonder the only remotely human element of the film is the sickness causing Alfred the Butler (Michael Gough) to act like he is ill through most of the film ... as we watch the movie it appears the illness is coming from the production itself.

Great care was taken in the CGI effects, because someone wanted the Batmobile and other Bat-devices to be presented in the right way, apparently to maximize toy sales. That's probably the greatest testimony as to what is wrong with this movie, it's a commercial for some other industry's revenue-stream.


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Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films

List Updated July 17, 2017

*Currently in release in movie theatres

  1. The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
  3. Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
  4. Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
  5. Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
  6. The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
  7. Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
  8. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017 Marvel-Disney) $859,305,145 Million
  10. Spiderman (2002 Sony) $821.7 Million

15. Wonder Woman (2017 Warners) $764,886,078 Million

33. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 Sony) $469,370,314 Million


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