George Clooney admits he completely screwed up playing Batman in 1997’s Batman & Robin

George Clooney is reflecting once again on his failed turn as the iconic superhero Batman in the 1997 movie Batman & Robin.

The 60-year-old actor and filmmaker spoke at a Q&A after a screening of his new directorial effort The Tender Bar where he was asked about acting in big-budget blockbuster movies.

‘I did one superhero movie and I f––ed it up so bad they won’t let me near the set,’ Clooney said during the Q&A, according to People.

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Failed: George Clooney admits he completely screwed up playing Batman in 1997’s Batman & Robin

Q&A: The 60-year-old actor and filmmaker spoke at a Q&A after a screening of his new directorial effort The Tender Bar where he was asked about acting in big-budget blockbuster movies

Clooney followed Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer playing Batman on the big screen, though Batman & Robin was a critical and commercial failure which effectively halted the franchise for several years.

One of the biggest criticisms of the movie was the the costume and its now-infamous ‘Bat-nipples,’ but Clooney didn’t want to discuss that.

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‘I don’t want to get into all the bat nipples,’ Clooney said during the Q&A, held 

Flop: Clooney followed Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer playing Batman on the big screen, though Batman & Robin was a critical and commercial failure which effectively halted the franchise for several years

‘My work, where my bread is buttered, is the kind of films that I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, which is sort of the prime time for American filmmaking, which were all story-based,’ Clooney added.

Clooney recently revealed that he won’t let his children, four-year-old twins Alexander and Ella, or his wife Amal, watch Batman & Robin.

‘There are certain films I just go, “I want my wife to have some respect for me,”‘ Clooney revealed.

Not allowed: Clooney recently revealed that he won’t let his children, four-year-old twins Alexander and Ella, or his wife Amal, watch Batman & Robin

While the movie itself marked a low point in his career, it did help inform how he should move on with his career.

‘I wasn’t good in it, it wasn’t a good film. What I learned from that failure was that I had to relearn how I was working,’ Clooney said. 

‘Now, I wasn’t just an actor getting a role, I was being held responsible for the film itself,’ he added.

Relearn: ‘I wasn’t good in it, it wasn’t a good film. What I learned from that failure was that I had to relearn how I was working,’ Clooney said

He continued that his next three projects – which were all critically-acclaimed – Three Kings, Out of Sight and O Brother, Where Art Thou? sprung from Batman’s failure. 

‘That was a very specific choice for me to find better projects,’ he said in a 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Clooney directs The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan, which hits theaters December 17. 

New film: Clooney directs The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan, which hits theaters December 17

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