Ever wanted to know a little bit more about the Batman & Robin? Of course you do – Batman & Robin is a big budget Batman movie featuring George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, and Alicia Silverstone!
Well, if you do want to know more, then this is the post for you. Below you will find ten facts about Batman & Robin to give you a greater insight into the film.
Did you know… George Clooney filmed Batman & Robin whilst shooting episodes of ER?
During the movie’s production, Clooney worked around the clock, seven days a week, to adhere to the individual shooting schedules of both projects.
Did you know… Michael Paul Chan and Kimberly Scott appeared in both Batman & Robin and Batman Forever, but playing different roles?
In Batman & Robin the actors appeared as Gotham Observatory scientists, while in Batman Forever (1995), they played Wayne Industries employees.
Did you know… in a scene set in Arkham Asylum, costumes belonging to both the Riddler and Two-Face can be seen in the property department?
This is not the only reference to the wider world of DC Comics; Superman also receives a namecheck during the opening sequence of the movie.
Did you know… the set used for the Gotham Museum of Art, took five months to build and included a 20 ft high brachiosaurus?
The floor of the museum originally included a 50-by-50-foot ice cover for Mr. Freeze’s henchmen to skate on, but this was replaced by a faux ice floor when it became apparent the ice didn’t look quite right on camera.
Due to the change in flooring, the actors playing Mr. Freeze’s henchmen had to move around on rollerblades, rather than the ice skates suggested in the movie.
Did you know… Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to shave his head for the role of Mr. Freeze?
The actor wore a bald cap throughout the movie, because he wanted to keep his hair. The application of the bald cap added extra time to an already exhaustive make-up process, but the production team were happy to accommodate Schwarzenegger’s request.
Did you know… Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chris O’Donnell did not work together at any point on Batman & Robin?
Although Mr. Freeze appeared in multiple scenes with Robin, at no point did the two actors share screen time.
Speaking on the documentary series, Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, Chris O’Donnell, said: “I’m in a lot of scenes with Mr. Freeze (but) I never worked a single day with Arnold – not a single day.
“I was on the set with him a lot, you know I’d hang out and talk to him, I did a lot of publicity with him, but literally they had a double for him that was so good and that suit was so complicated to get on, unless Arnold was talking in that scene he wasn’t in that costume.”
Did you know… 15 Mr. Freeze suits were produced for Batman & Robin?
Each Freeze suit contained 2500 LEDs to ensure Mr. Freeze stood out from the crowd.
Did you know… every time Poison Ivy appears on screen, she has a different look?
In the book, The Making of Batman & Robin, costume designer, Ve Neill, said: “Ivy’s initial appearance is very much like an earth mother, sexy and beautiful with long, luxurious hair and not a lot of make-up to enhance Uma’s already gorgeous features. Then, slowly, Ivy becomes increasingly more outrageous in both her behaviour and physicality.”
Did you know… the disease – MacGregor Syndrome – which afflicts both Nora Fries and Alfred during the course of Batman & Robin was completely fictional?
MacGregor’s Syndrome was created specifically for the movie and is named after Batman & Robin producer, Peter Macgregor-Scott.
And finally, did you know… despite poor reviews for Batman & Robin, a fifth Batman movie was in the pipeline?
The critical response to Batman & Robin, plus creative burnout from director Joel Schumacher, ultimately cancelled plans for a follow-up, but it could have happened.
Speaking on the special edition release of Batman & Robin, Joel Schumacher said: “The studio wanted me to do a fifth Batman, which would have been my third, which would have featured the Scarecrow, and I just couldn’t do it. I just… it wasn’t really in me anymore.”
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