Back in 1997, George Clooney was on the verge of movie stardom. He was making the jump from the huge hit TV show E.R. to the big screen, with roles in The Peacemaker and One Fine Day amongst three high profile projects. Neither of those two films went bananas, but both were respectable performers, and decent movies.
The other, of course, was the infamous comic book movie Batman & Robin, that instead earned awful reviews, and disappointing box office returns.
It was also effectively responsible for keeping Batman off the big screen for eight years, until Christopher Nolan came along and rebooted the movie franchise with Batman Begins.
But for George Clooney, there was an unexpected benefit to Batman & Robin. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he’s admitted that the film turned his movie career around.
“It’s really easy to pick: Batman & Robin,” he said, when asked which of his films had the biggest impact on his work. “That’s not a joke. Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work. After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role. My next three films were Out of Sight, Three Kings, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
The rest, in many ways, was history. For Batman, and for Clooney…