George Clooney "Wasn't Good" in 'Batman & Robin', Told Affleck "Don't Do It"

Anytime a new Batman casting gets announced, there seems to be two things that happen- a sudden "they'll be the worst ever!" cry and a revisit to who really was the worst ever to wear the cowl. Former Dark Knight George Clooney has some opinions on this matter, having played the Caped Crusader in 1997's Batman & Robin.

George Clooney Knows he "Wasn't Good" in 'Batman & Robin'
George Clooney
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Clooney has never shied from speaking frankly about Joel Schumacher's frankly detested take on the hero, going to far as to tell fellow Bruce Wayne actor Ben Affleck not to take the role when Warner Bros. Pictures and Zack Snyder came calling.

George Clooney Knows he "Wasn't Good" in 'Batman & Robin'
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George Clooney
Batman and Robin – 1997
Director: Joel Schumacher
Warner Bros
Film Portrait "Batman & Robin"

"I actually did talk to him about it. I said, 'Don't do it.'" Clooney advised. "It was only from my experience, which is, you know… He did great, though."

Ben Affleck as Batman Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

But that's not all Clooney said recently about the 90's superhero flick, going to far as to admit that he himself "wasn't good" in the role.

"[Arnold] Schwarzenegger was paid, I think, $25 million for that, which was like 20 times more than I was paid for it, and, you know, we never even worked together," Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast. "We worked together one day. But I took all the heat. Now, fair deal; I was playing Batman and I wasn't good in it, and it wasn't a good film, but what I learned from that failure was, I had to rethink how I was working. Because now I wasn't just an actor getting a role, I was being held responsible for the film itself."

Clooney did not offer his thoughts on the current STILL NOT CONFIRMED casting report of Robert Pattinson taking on the mantle of Bruce Wayne for Matt Reeves upcoming The Batman however.

Sure, it's easy NOW to look back at Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer in the part and have opinions, but imagine what it was like before you had social media to browbeat someone with a different thought than yours.

We'll let you know what we hear about The Batman, which has an expected release date from Warner Bros. Pictures of June 25th 2021.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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