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George Clooney Admits Batman & Robin Was “So Bad”

George Clooney has never made it a secret that one of his biggest cinematic regrets is taking on the role of Batman, which included wearing a costume complete with artificial nipples.

But even though the actor has repeatedly said that 1997’s Batman & Robin is one part of his filmography he’d very much like to forget, he was asked about it at the New York City premiere of his new film The Tender Bar on Tuesday. During a Q&A session after the film, Clooney was asked if he would ever consider donning that spandex unitard and cape once more, to which he self-deprecatingly replied, “I did one superhero movie and I fucked it up so bad they won’t let me near the set.” He then added, “I don’t want to get into all the bat nipples,” referring to a very notable design element of his costume for the film. He concluded, “My work, where my bread is buttered, is the kind of films that I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, which is sort of the prime time for American filmmaking, which were all story-based.”

Earlier this month, he also told Variety that he won’t let his wife, Amal Clooney, or their four-year-old twins watch the film because “There are certain films I just go, ‘I want my wife to have some respect for me,’” adding, “It’s bad when your four-year-old kid goes, ‘This sucks.’ That could be painful.” And in December 2020, the Oscar winner also opened up about his disastrous turn as the Caped Crusader in an interview on The Howard Stern Show. Clooney confessed to Stern that it “physically hurts” him to watch his “terrible” performance in Batman & Robin. “The truth of the matter is, I was bad in it. Akiva Goldsman — who’s won the Oscar for writing since then — he wrote the screenplay, and it’s a terrible screenplay, he’ll tell you. I’m terrible in it, I’ll tell you. Joel Schumacher, who just passed away, directed it, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, it didn’t work.’ We all whiffed on that one,” he said. “I couldn’t have done that one differently.”

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