Before Christopher Nolan's Batman, there was Joel Schumacher's. He directed two films, which nearly destroyed the franchise. Years later, he's opened up about the real reason those movies were made.
After 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman & Robin, the Caped Crusader had a creative breakdown. The latter film was critically panned and is generally despised by fans. It was accused of being too campy, and being more concerned with product placement than with the source material.
In a recent interview, Schumacher admitted they were just in it for the money. And that meant targeting children. "Our job was to entertain the whole family," he said. "To make it fun and sell a lot of toys. It was a franchise."
The director also cites the differences between his films and Nolan's. In reference to The Dark Knight Rises, he explains, "I think right now the last Batman is very reflective of the times we're living in, which are scary times." Schumacher claims his films were made "at a much simpler time."
Really? The movies came out in the '90s, not the '50s.