In 1997, George Clooney stepped into the Batsuit to play DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, Batman, for the live-action movie, Batman & Robin. Directed by Joel Schumacher, Batman & Robin was the fourth entry in the Batman Anthology, and saw the Dark Knight square off against fearsome foes including Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Bane.
Despite the huge popularity of the Batman movie series, Batman & Robin was not a critical success when it arrived in cinemas. The film was met with a largely negative reaction from critics and did not perform as well as its predecessors at the box office.
Since its release, George Clooney has been fairly vocal about the movie, making it clear he isn’t a fan of the film and didn’t think it was a great picture. However, during a recent interview for Bafta: A Life in Pictures, he explained that the experience of appearing in Batman & Robin did have a positive effect – it ensured that moving forward, he only chose projects that he believed in.
Speaking to the Press Association (via Metro), Clooney said: “It had been a year, I’d gotten killed for doing Batman & Robin and I understood for the first time, because quite honestly when I got Batman & Robin I was just an actor getting an acting job and I was excited to play Batman.
“What I realised after that was that I was going to be held responsible for the movie itself, not just my performance or what I was doing. So, I knew I needed to focus on better scripts, the script was the most important thing.”
He added: “You can’t make a good film out of a bad script, it’s impossible. You can make a bad film out of a good script.”
Since appearing in Batman & Robin, George Clooney has gone on to star in a string of critically acclaimed movies, including O Brother, Where Art Though? (2000), Solaris (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and Gravity (2013), amongst others. He has also picked up multiple awards, including two Academy Awards for Syriana (2006) and Argo (2013), and has proved that finding projects that he is comfortable with, has made a big difference to his career.
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