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Why Joel Schumacher’s ‘Batman’ Movies Don’t Totally Suck

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The absolute disaster that was Batman & Robin scuttled Warner Bros' plans for a fifth Batman movie. Instead, Warners brought in Christopher Nolan and made Batman Begins, rebooting the Dark Knight from scratch with new creators and stars, and sending him off in a much darker direction. Every Batman movie since then, up to and including the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, can be seen as a reaction and corrective to director Joel Schumacher’s Batmen, Batman & Robin and its predecessor, 1995’s Batman Forever.

So were Schumacher’s movies really that bad? They’re silly and juvenile and shockingly tacky, and we wouldn’t go so far to say they’re good, but they’re not entirely terrible either. Schumacher made some very questionable decisions, but he also made some smart ones as well. In the interest of balancing the record, we've made this list of the best stuff in the “worst” Batman movies.

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Link Ink: ‘The Flash’ Casts Pied Piper, Clementine From ‘The Walking Dead’ Gets An Action Figure And Official Dancing Groot

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Parting Shot: Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze Stars in ‘Batman & Robin: The Musical’ [Video]

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I kind of lied to you in that headline. I don't care. This video takes the hilariously horrible characterization of Mr. Freeze as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and reframes the story of Batman & Robin as an infectiously catchy and foul-mouthed showtune. Wr...

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997), Part Two

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Each week, Chris Sims and David Uzumeri take a look back at one of the most successful and influential comic book movie franchises of all time, in ComicsAlliance's in-depth retrospective on the Batman films...

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Batman Forever’ (1995), Part One

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Each week, Chris Sims and David Uzumeri take a look back at one of the most successful and influential comic book movie franchises of all time, in ComicsAlliance's in-depth retrospective on the Batman films...

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