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Ok now I've got your attention, stop, stop right there, yes you, with your fingers hovering over the keyboard ready to hit caps lock and unleash the fury.
Its not a good movie lets get that clear first of all and thats something we can all agree on. Terrible script, bad acting, the tone is all over the place, lots of it doesn't make sense and overall the decision to change from Tim Burtons dark vision of Batman to Joel Schumachers camp slapstick definitely doesn't help (and is probably where a lot of the hate comes from).
It always seems to crop on peoples top 10 worst of all time lists alongside things like The Room, Troll 2, Bio-dome, The Animated Titanic Movie (I dunno if they're on yours or not, comment below what yours are). But you know what? In light of Christopher Nolan's magnificent Batman trilogy, Its time to forgive it.
Ok, so you're still probably ready to unleash the caps lock fury (Yes Batman should not have a bat credit card or bat nipples) and Mr Freezes 200 or so ice related puns aside hear my out, is it really that bad? really? I don't think so.
The tone maybe all over the place but at least its always trying to be entertaining and move the story forward and it never bores me or offends me on an intellectual level, so in that case its probably a little better in some aspects than other super-hero movies like Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Steel and Catwoman.
I'm sure you've watched a certain film that can be described as so bad its good, Flash Gordon and Street Fighter are definitely in this category but considered cult classics. I recently watched Dungeons and Dragons for the first time and while that was slaughtered by critics and fans alike, in retrospect now, thats so bad its good (Seriously watch it again and don't try to deny you didn't laugh, maybe for all the wrong reasons but still). So why not Batman and Robin? Ok, maybe not a cult classic but certainly so bad its good worthy.
If nothing else we should be thankful for the impact Batman and Robin has had on popular culture particularly on the internet, it turned certain personalities and websites into overnight sensations overnight whose success still lasts to this day. Comic book movies in general could look a lot different today without it.
And going back to Christopher Nolans fantastic Batman trilogy, maybe sometimes you have to get things wrong to get things right. Thank god they let a man who knows what he's doing take charge. So who knows, in the future, the same thing will happen again and we might even get a good Green Lantern movie........ Ok maybe thats a step too far.............
I'm Richard, and you're awesome for reading this.
P.s. Ironically the year after Dungeons and Dragons came out, its Studio (New Line Cinema) bought out Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. Yeah.........