"Look, I apologize," Schumacher said.
77 year old Director and Film Icon, Joel Schumacher apologized to fans this past Monday for the cinematic clusterfuck that was 1997's "Batman & Robin starring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader in his anatomically detailed rubber-suit along with Chris O'Donnel as the boy wonder.
"I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that."
"My batting average was good" to that point, Schumacher said. "And then after Batman & Robin, I was scum. It was like I had murdered a baby."
Taking full responsibility for his creative decisions, Schumacher went on to address the most infamous gripe about Batman & Robin: the inclusion of nipples on Batman’s suit.
"Such a sophisticated world we live in where two pieces of rubber the size of erasers on old pencils, those little nubs, can be an issue," he said. "It’s going to be on my tombstone, I know it."
As for how the bat nipples came about, Schumacher said he was just trying to do something new.
"By the time Batman Forever came around, rubber molding had become so much more advanced," he recalled. "So I said, let’s make it anatomical and gave photos of those Greek status and those incredible anatomical drawings you see in medical books [to lead sculptor Jose Fernandez]. He did the nipples and when I looked at them, I thought, that’s cool."
He never anticipated the backlash, and he doesn’t he regret the decision. "Maybe I was just naive," he said, "but I’m still glad we did it."