Despite “Batman & Robin” gaining a little more appreciation in the 25 years since its release, most participants of the film have been contrite when it comes to their involvement in it. George Clooney, who played Batman/Bruce Wayne, told Variety last year that he won’t show the film to his wife, Amal, saying, “There are certain films I just go, ‘I want my wife to have some respect for me.'” For his part, Schumacher defended most of the movie on the special features for the DVD, but still made a heartfelt apology for the final film — and kept on apologizing for it for years afterward.
Yet Schwarzenegger has even less qualms about owning his role in “Batman & Robin.” Speaking to Empire magazine in 2012, the actor said, “I don’t regret it at all. I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off.”
While it’s not clear if Schwarzenegger was referring to Schumacher’s previous Bat-film, “Batman Forever” (1995) or 1996’s “A Time to Kill” as representative of the director’s height, it’s very true that Schumacher was a hitmaker in the mid-’90s. Still, as Schwarzenegger points out, there was a corporate factor to his casting as Mr. Freeze, a caveat that acts as a slight mea culpa: “I was doing ‘Eraser’ over there and Warner Bros. begged me to do the movie,” he explained.