I unabashedly love this movie. It’s got a terrible, pun-laden script, hammy acting, a cast evenly divided between great actors slumming and future has-beens, and some of the strangest day-glow-gothic production design I’ve ever seen.
It’s one of the first contemporary non-animated films I saw as a kid (on VHS, naturally) and to me it will always represent that vaguely-remembered time in the late 1990′s. It’s a horrible, compulsively-watchable high-camp classic.
Villains in Movies: Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy on Batman & Robin (1997):
I’m a big fan of Uma Thurman, and I think she was pretty awesome in this movie. She was over the top, but weren’t all the villains in the previous Batman movies? I love her. I love her design, her ridiculous personality and silly plans. For me, she’s sort of like a female version of Enigma, and they even share a similar concept. However, I find her a lot more interesting. It’s not her best role, but it was entertaining as hell, so she diserves some love from me. Go Uma!
Today (1 December) we got our first impression of Brenton Thwaites as Robin and it is breathtaking – I can’t wait to see the rest of the team! To commemorate this event, I thought I would do a collage of all the live action actors that played Dick Grayson and Robin.
Let’s say that all the batman movies exist in the DC universe. Which one would be the favorite of each member of the batfam?
My picks and subsequent explanations.
Bruce Wayne: Batman: The Animated Series. Bruce thinks this is the only version of Batman that gets what Batman is all about.
Alfred Pennyworth: the 1966 Batman movie and TV series. Alfred likes the classics. He also likes The LEGO Batman Movie
Dick Grayson:The LEGO Batman Movie. I mean, isn’t it obvious that he would choose this one?
Barbara Gordon: the Birds of Prey TV series. No one dares tell Babs she can’t choose the one adaptation where she is the main character. She hates Batman: the Killing Joke, and everyone knows better than to bring the animation up.
Jason Todd: the Under the Red Hood animation, for obvious reasons. However, whenever someone complains that he has to choose something that doesn’t revolve around him, he chooses Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, because “Batman abandons his career because I died! Also: batguns!”.
Tim Drake: Tim is a fan of most of the cartoon series, the Young Justice TV series being his favourite.
Stephanie Brown:Batman & Robin, the 1997 movie. When she is questioned about her choice she answers with “one word: batnipples”.
Cassandra Cain: the Wonder Woman movie. “But it’s not a Batman adaptation!”, someone says. To this, she answers, “Bruce is mentioned in it, and, most importantly, women kick asses in this movie”.
Damian Wayne: in reality, his favourite adaptation is Teen Titans Go!, but no one knows this - except for Alfred, of course. He claims that his favourite is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, since it is “the most realistic one”. However, he takes issues with “how mother and grandfather were portrayed”.
Duke Thomas: the Justice League movie. He kind of identifies with some aspects of it and likes its diversity.
I wish I wasn't 10 years old when this film came out. Is it reasonable to invent a time machine just to go back and view films on the big screen when the first came out? if the director's name sounds familiar its because he is one of the people responsible for one of the worst famous Batman films Batman and Robin from 1997.
The visuals are absolutely stunning. Costumes are glamours and the songs are so catchy and beautifully done. Plus the set design just blows me away every time I see this film. You could make a drinking game out of the dutch tilts in this film. They are used often. Dutch tilts are when the camera fame is not level with the ground. They are often used to emphasise psychological uneasiness. The Phantom (Gerard Butler) is usually the subject of this framing style.
Some of my favourite shots are actually the inserts or the ones featuring the extras and bit players. They are these little 2-3 second shots of cast members often doing something hilarious or reacting to something. My favourite is when the elephant turns around to reveal some drinking stagehands inside. They make the story richer. Plus their facial expressions often are in alignment with the viewers. You feel less alone, mimicking the experience you would have if you saw the musical this film is based on.
The film on its own holds up well against its Broadway origins. I highly recommend seeing it live or finding a live version to watch.
8 out of 10 people think Gerard Butler should do more singing.
i know batman & robin (1997) dir. joel schumacher is considered like a terrible movie in pretty much every regard and i agree it’s Bad but uma thurman’s poison ivy is honestly so fucking iconic she really did #that