George Clooney appeared alongside his Tomorrowland cast mates Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie on the most recent episode of The Graham Norton Show to promote the movie. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to their appearance at last year’s New York Comic Con. This episode will appear on BBC America next Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Back in October, Clooney apologized for Batman and Robin while promoting Tomorrowland in New York. In the above clip, not only does he reiterate how sorry he is, but he also walks everyone through what it was like to work with Joel Schumacher while dressed in 60-pound outfit.
Norton then brought up Clooney’s ongoing prank war with his Ocean’s Eleven co-star Brad Pitt, which started with a bumper sticker:
In my opinion it wasn't George Clooney who ruined Batman, it was Val Kilmer and Joel Schumacher. You know that primadonna actor never do well that screams he is a genius actor. Kilmer is the white version of Kanye West. I think that while George Clooney didn't ruin Batman, he was cast in a very bad movie, which seemed to happen after Michael Keaton quit being Batman, and the replacement of Burton with Schumacher. It seemed Kilmer was the start of the downhill shit storm that didn't even try to follow Burton's lead and horribly failed. You can see that the lack of Tim Burton's creative genius in both Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, I am sure it would have been a lot more entertaining and probably a lot darker in a cartoonish kind of way had he been involved.
The director Joel Schumacher made the last two movies of the Batman Franchise under the mantle of Warner Brothers to make it more cartoony and kid-friendly which led to the hiatus of the Warner Brothers franchise. Why? Because he chose to defer to the judgement of corporate idiots instead of going with the actual public opinion. Batman and Batman Returns were immensely popular because Burton put it into a semi-reality frame rather than blindly follow the cartoon universe. The audiences ate it up. Tim Burton wanted it to be a dark cartoony type of universe based in reality.
The truth is Clooney cannot blame himself for bad writing, terrible directing, fallible corporate decisions and bad casting. He had to follow up Kilmer's terrible acting in the prior film. Yes, Val Kilmer is a terrible actor and he is put together with the 80's Brat Pack which included Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Charlie Sheen (more for his family relationship to Brat Pack leader Emilio Estevez), James Spader, Robert Downey, Jr and Ally Sheedy. Other actors who have been linked with the group include Kevin Bacon, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Kiefer Sutherland. It is also a term that all of the aforementioned actors hate. Kilmer couldn't hold a candle to any of these actors even Sean Penn who fell to rock bottom worse than the others.
DC should have stepped up and said, "No Burton, then you lose the Franchise period." But they didn't. If Burton was allowed to cast Clooney in his version of Batman starting with Batman Forever and then Batman and Robin, it would have been received better, even if it would have been darker. Which is why the newer Batman Movies are popular, it shows Batman to be just as fallible as the next guy, while still holding to a code and it was dark which the audience craves.
So Mr. Clooney, don't apologize for ruining Batman, apologize for being used tin a bid save a failing movie franchise which did due to corporate decisions that hinder creative vision because they thought they knew what the audience wanted. I mean just look at Firefly, it ended because of a bad corporate decision. It happened at Fox and obviously it happened at Warner Brothers too. Not as bad as CBS and NBC though. At least there aren't 10 or 20 failed spinoffs of the show.