While Ben Affleck has since vacated the role of Batman on film, it turns out prior Batman actor George Clooney urged him not to take the role at all. Batman might just be the most popular superhero in the world, but to say that he’s experienced an up and down cinematic career would be an understatement. The Caped Crusader had trouble getting rid of a bomb in 1966’s Adam West camp-fest, indulged in darkness and Prince songs with Tim Burton in 1989, then both battled and seduced Michelle Pfieffer’s dominatrix-like Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns.
Then came the Joel Shumacher era, in which parts of the Adam West movie and parts of the Tim Burton movies were seemingly thrown into a blender, then combined with a box of double entrendres to create 1995’s Batman Foreverand 1997’s Batman & Robin, which almost nobody likes all that much. Sure, the Schumacher films have their fans in the “so bad they’re good” way, but few are likely to say they did Batman justice. It was in Batman & Robin that George Clooney entered the picture, having just began his ascent to Hollywood A-lister.