George Clooney is no slouch. He’s had a great career as a TV star, a movie star, an Oscar winning actor, a successful director, and, fairly recently, a husband and father. Women want him, men want to be him. But not everything is picture-perfect. He was, after all, in Batman & Robin. Clooney’s turn in the cowl featured over-the-top set design, over-the-top acting, over-the-top dialogue, and nipples on the batsuit. It’s closer to the original Batman TV show than it is to Tim Burton’s celebrated Michael Keaton-led flicks. Not that Clooney’s wife would know, because he won’t let her watch it!
Unlike Batman Forever there’s no Schumacher cut lurking in the shadows. Clooney’s turn at the caped crusader killed the franchise – at least until Christopher Nolan resurrected it. Clooney knows this. He was still on ER when he suited up as Batman, and it would be a few years before he was able to make the transition from TV star to movie star. Batman and Robin almost stopped that progression in its tracks, and the actor has no qualms about admitting that. He’s so embarrassed by the movie that he won’t let his wife, Amal, watch it.
“He won’t let me watch it,” Clooney’s wife Amal told Variety‘s Marc Malkin. George explained while talking to Variety about the new movie he directed, The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck. “There are certain films I just go, ‘I want my wife to have some respect for me.’”
He may not even let his twins, Alexander and Ella, watch it, which his wife suggested they want to do. “It’s bad when your four-year-old kid goes, ‘This sucks,’” Clooney joked. “That could be painful.”
The star doesn’t have to worry about showing his kids the new Flash movie, in which Affleck and Keaton reprise their roles as the Caped Crusader because he won’t be in it. “They didn’t ask me. When you destroy a franchise the way I did, usually they look the other way when ‘The Flash’ comes by.”