The worst Batman film ever is getting a makeover ... and a sequel

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Oct 27, 2014

Yes, you read that headline right: Batman and Robin is coming back to haunt us again.

If there's one thing that most comic-book fans and geeks in general agree on, it's that the Batman screen franchise hit rock bottom with 1997's Batman and Robin, a campfest that played like an unfunny version of the 1960s Batman TV show. Directed by Joel Schumacher, it starred a disinterested George Clooney as the Caped Crusader, Chris O'Donnell in his second whiny turn as Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as a clownish Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as a ludicrous Poison Ivy.

The film grossed $107 million and pretty much killed the Batman film series until Christopher Nolan resurrected it in 2005. Schumacher and Clooney, for their part, have been apologizing to fans ever since, but Schumacher apparently wants to take another step to repair his Bat-legacy.

According to Bleeding Cool, Schumacher is writing a 12-issue comic-book series (with art by Dustin Nguyen) that will act as his definitive vision for the three Batman films he was involved in: 1995's Batman Forever (which is hated just a little less than its sequel), the aforementioned Batman and Robin and the never-filmed Batman Triumphant, which was supposed to be the fifth film in the series and Schumacher's third, but was canceled after Batman and Robin turned into a catastrophe.

I've never been able to snag a copy of the Batman Triumphant script, which was written by Mark Protosevich (who also penned an early version of Thor), but it was said to feature the Scarecrow as the main villain and Harley Quinn as a secondary baddie, presented in this story as the vengeance-crazed daughter of the Joker. Jeff Goldblum was supposedly Schumacher's pick to play the Scarecrow, and Jack Nicholson was apparently approached to return as the Joker in a hallucination suffered by Batman as a result of the Scarecrow's fear gas.

Schumacher has said over the years that he wanted to bring the series back to its darker roots with Batman Triumphant, and it looks like we might get a chance to see if that was the case and if his ideas for all of his Batman films were compromised by studio interference. There's no official confirmation yet of the series or when it will be published. Does Schumacher deserve a chance to redeem himself for his disastrous handling of the Batman franchise, and do you think he can pull it off with his comic book?

(via Slashfilm)

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