Back before Batman & Robin torched any hopes of continuing the Batman franchise as it existed in the 1990s, director Joel Schumacher had a different Dark Knight project in mind: Arkham Asylum.
While looking back at the legacy of Batman & Robin for the film’s 20th anniversary as part of a retrospective with The Hollywood Reporter, Schumacher revealed his biggest Bat-regret is that he never got to make a film set at Arkham Asylum. Which actually could have been cool, though after seeing how his two Batman flicks (Batman Forever and Batman & Robin) turned out, you have to wonder if Schumacher would’ve been the right creative force to tackle the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“I always wanted to do a whole Arkham movie, and did a scene at the end of Batman Forever when Jim is in a straightjacket and Nicole [Kidman] comes to see him. And it was just a nod to back to Arkham Asylum which I love, and I thought it would be fun to put the other villains up there.”
Though Batman & Robin did make decent money at the box office, the film was such a creative disaster that it led the studio to mothball the franchise until Christopher Nolan came around almost a decade later to reboot everything with Batman Begins. But, in a different world, we could’ve gone deep into the annals of Arkham back in the late 1990s.
What do you think? Would you have liked to see Schumacher’s vision for Batman: Arkham Asylum?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)