Amal Clooney’s husband revealed at CinemaCon the reason why he refuses to watch his good friend as the Caped Crusader in previous and future movies.
Ben Affleck and George Clooney are good pals but George won’t be seeing Ben’s Batman movies[JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images]
“I haven’t seen it, you know? Because I feel like Batman died with me,” George joked with the crowd.
“Let me just point this out, I wore a rubber suit and giant rubber nipples, and I still have a career.”
The man makes a good point as Batman & Robin was a tough movie to come back from.
George revealed his reasons while speaking at Paramount Pictures’ presentation highlighting its 2017 summer and beyond during CinemaCon with Matt Damon[Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage]
The 1997 film was directed by Joel Schumacher and saw George play Bruce Wayne/Batman opposite Chris O’Donnell’s Robin.
Arnold Schwarzenegger made a puntastic appearance as Dr. Freeze, with Alicia Silverstone and Uma Thurman playing Batgirl and Poison Ivy.
The film was a critical flop and the stars were just as disappointed with the production as they were with the final product.
George has Batman with Chris O’Donnell as Robin and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl [Warner Bros.]
John Glover – who played Dr. Jason Woodrue – said: “Joel [Schumacher] would sit on a crane with a megaphone and yell before each take, ‘Remember, everyone, this is a cartoon’. It was hard to act because that kind of set the tone for the film.”
Batman & Robin has an 11% approval rating on reviews aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, which offers a critical consensus that reads: “Joel Schumacher’s tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that’s too jokey to care much for.”
Not that Ben Affleck’s first outing as Batman received much better praise.
Ben Affleck made his debut as Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice [Warner Bros.]
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has just a 27% approval rating with the critical consensus saying the film “smothers a potentially powerful story — and some of America’s most iconic superheroes in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.”
Ben will be hoping Justice League fares better with the critics upon its release on November 17.
The new DC film sees Batman team up with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.
We’ll be getting the standalone Wonder Woman film before Justice League, on June 2