Batman & Robin (1997)

USA, 1997
125m, 3499 metres
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Digital, Digital DTS Sound, SDDS, English

An American science fiction film directed by Joel Schumacher. It was the fourth and final part of Warner Bros. Batman series that began with Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and the character remained off the big screen (there were television incarnations) until Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005). A fifth film, Batman Triumphant, had been planned but was cancelled after Batman & Robin “under-performed” at the US box office (though it did much better overseas) and received damning reviews. Schumacher later blamed Harry Knowles, editor of the Ain’t It Cool News website for a lot of the film’s box office problems (it made $42,872,605 in its opening weekend against a budget of $125-140 million) after Knowles posted a series of highly critical reviews.

Plot Summary

Mr Freeze is planning on freezing Gotham City and placing it under a permanent winter. Elsewhere, Poison Ivy is causing difficulties in the relationship between Batman and Robin and Bruce Wayne learns that his devoted butler Alfred is dying. To add to his complications, it seems he has a new sidekick in the shape of Batgirl…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
© 1997 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. presents a Joel Schumacher film. Produced in association with Polygram Pictures. Distributed by Warner Bros. a Time Warner Entertainment company
Executive Producers: Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan
Produced by: Peter MacGregor-Scott
Written by: Akiva Goldsman
Based on the DC comics
Based on Batman Characters Created by: Bob Kane
Director of Photography: Stephen Goldblatt
Edited by: Dennis Virkler, Mark Stevens
Music Composed by: Elliot Goldenthal
Production Mixer: Petur Hliddal
Costume Designers: Ingrid Ferrin, Robert Turturice
Key Make-Up Artist: Ve Neill
Hairstylists: Waldo Sanchez, Lee Ann Brittenham, Barbara Ronci
Visual Effects by: John Dykstra; BUF Compagnie; Cinesite
Miniature Effects Photography by: The Chandler Group
Additional Visual Effects by: Hammerhead
Additional Digital Visual Effects and Animation by: Pacific Data Images, Inc.; Pacific Title Digital; Warner Digital Studios
Additional Digital Visual Effects by: CIS Hollywood
Production Designer: Barbara Ling

Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr Freeze/Dr Victor Fries)
George Clooney (Batman/Bruce Wayne)
Chris O’Donnell (Robin/Dick Grayson)
Uma Thurman (Poison Ivy/Dr Pamela Isley)
Alicia Silverstone (Batgirl/Barbara Wilson)
Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth)
Pat Hingle (Commissioner Gordon)
Elle Macpherson (Julie Madison)
John Glover (Dr Jason Woodrue)
Vivica A. Fox (Ms B. Haven)
Vendela K. Thommessen (Nora Fries)
Elizabeth Sanders (Gossip Gerty)
Jeep Swenson as Bane
John Fink (Aztec museum guard)
Michael Reid MacKay (Antonio Diego)
Eric Lloyd (young Bruce Wayne)
Jon Simmons (young Alfred)
Christian Boeving (1st Snowy Cones thug)
Stogie Kenyatta (2nd Snowy Cones thug)
Andy LaCombe (3rd Snowy Cones thug)
Joe Sabatino (Frosty)
Michael Paul Chan (observatory scientist)
Kimberly Scott (observatory associate)
Jay Luchs, Roger Nehls (observatory reporters)

Alternative Titles

Batman et Robin – Canada (French television title)
Batman i Robin – Poland
Batman in Robin – Slovenia
Batman ja Robin – Estonia
Batman y Robin – Spain

Sequel to
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)

Includes extracts from
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

References

Periodicals

  • Bild & Bubbla no.148 (March 2000) pp.18-26 – illustrated article (Batman på film by David Haglund)
  • Empire August 1997 p.38 – review (by Neil Jeffries)
  • Interzone no.123 (September 1997) p.18 – review (by Nick Lowe)
  • Première August 1997 p.25 – review (by Éric Libiot)

Newspapers

  • A Capital 11 July 1997 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • A Capital, Guia TV 30 January 1998 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • The Sacramento Bee 20 June 1997 – review (by Joe Baltake)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 4 July 1997 – review (Ytan segrar över djupet by Carl-Johan Malmberg)

Books

  • The Batman Filmography (2nd edition) by Mark S. Reinhart pp.177-192
  • The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television by John Kenneth Muir pp.122-123
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes Volume 2 by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.21-22