Sure he did. And I wanted a fucking pony.
This one’s going to be quick. Two hundred words, including the purloined sentence below and the quote, because I’m tired of typing and I’m not Nick Lauer, aka Sleuth. I just can’t type like I used to. Mostly it’s getting older, but mostly it’s just getting lazier. On we go.
Schumacher. How I hate thee? No, that’s not right at all. He’s has some damned good flicks in his lifetime. A Time to Kill, The Client, 8MM, The Lost Boys, Phone Booth, and my favorite: Flatliners. But oh how he’s had some stinkers, like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, the latter the worst of the two by far.
In a retrospective interview in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Batman & Robin (which was released on June 20, 1997), Schumacher shared in an interview with THR the hopes he had of doing an Arkham Asylum movie, which he effectively set up at the conclusion of Batman Forever.
“I always wanted to do a whole Arkham movie, and did a scene at the end of Batman Forever when Jim [Carrey] is in a straitjacket and Nicole [Kidman] comes to see him. And it was just a nod to back to Arkham Asylum which I love, and I thought it would be fun to put the other villains up there.”
The last thing I wanted to say: Schumacher is a good director. He is. People say he’s not because of Batman and Robin and to a lesser extent, Batman Forever, but those really aren’t his fault. He was merely giving the studio, WB, what they thought they wanted.
Well, quid quaeris tibi cave, or as the Romans used to say, beware what you asked for, because you just might fucking get it.