It looks as if Batmen stick together! After the firestorm of Ben Affleck being cast as the Caped Crusader, the prior Dark Knights were quick to jump to defend him. The first Batman (other than Adam West), Michael Keaton expressed “He’s gonna be great.” Then Keaton’s successor Val Kilmer added “Give Ben a chance.”
One Batman that’s kind of staying silent on the matter is George Clooney, who starred in the much-hated ‘Batman & Robin.’ The star commented:
“I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this – let’s just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.”
Let’s be honest, Clooney was the last thing about ‘Batman & Robin’ that sunk that hot mess. Warner Brothers forced director Joel Schumacher to shoe-horn in multiple costume changes and vehicles just so Kenner could make toys based on them. The villains were the campiest of any Bat Villains ever. This film was just a disaster from the get-go, but suave George Clooney certainly didn’t make for a terrible Bruce Wayne! (Oh and nipples. Did I mention nipples?)
Clooney’s career certainly rebounded from ‘Batman & Robin’ and he actually was one of the producers of ‘Argo’ which Ben Affleck directed and starred in. So he has some personal knowledge of Affleck’s work habits.
It’s nice that Clooney is so willing to jump on the grenade that was ‘Batman & Robin’ but I hardly find him to be the major problem with that disaster of a film. And I do think it’s kind of neat that the sundry Batmen have each other’s backs. (Now we just need to hear from Adam West.)