George Clooney as Batman/Bruce Wayne

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  1. elgaz

    elgaz Well-Known Member

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    Waaaay back when ER was big, George Clooney was cast as Dr Doug Ross. I tuned in one day and saw him on the screen, and my first immediate thought was - that guy would make a GREAT Bruce Wayne. I had never seen him before or heard of him.

    http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/images/g/george-clooney-er.jpg

    Of course, as all now know, Clooney did indeed go on to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in an absolutely terrible Schumacher movie, Batman & Robin. In interviews over the years, Clooney himself has acknowledged a few times that the film is indeed terrible; full of unfunny one-liners, one-dimensional villains, a very camp cast and not forgetting all that neon. It was the complete antithesis of what a good Batman movie should be.

    But nevertheless ........................ we know that Clooney can act; that much we've seen from his subsequent performances and various awards he has won. And he's a very big box-office draw nowadays. And in terms of the Bruce Wayne look and style, he has that suave, debonair style perfected.

    So my question is - was Clooney wasted in a terrible film, or was he just miscast first day?

    I know everyone's gut reaction will be to write him off because Batman & Robin was so atrocious, but wasn't that due to the ridiculous storyline and the direction that the film's makers went in?

    If Clooney had been given the proper direction (e.g. a more serious Nolan-style film), could he have made the role a success? Or was he never really suited to the Bruce Wayne role anyhow?

    I'd like to hear opinions on this :)
     
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  2. GREEN =w= DAY

    GREEN =w= DAY Well-Known Member

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    poor Clooney was indeed wasted

    in 10-15 years if WB ever decides to make a live action Dark Knight Returns, then bring Clooney back as Batman
     
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  3. Milkman95

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    I agree, Clooney would have been excellent if he had the right script and direction, just look at From Dusk Til Dawn from his early days and of course his work now is excellent.

    I'd have no problem with him in a Dark Knight Returns flick, but would prefer bringing Keaton back if they went that route.
     
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    They wasted him, although the scene's with Alfred and Bruce stood out for me
     
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  5. Milkman95

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    Those were good scenes, and probably the best of the entire film.
     
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    I thought he was simply miscast. I dont see any danger in him, any kind of anger or disturbance. Hes just as far away from Batman or Wayne as possible for me and him as Batman was one of the biggest miscasts ever imo. Hes no Wayne and absolutely no Batman.
     
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    CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    Even as Clooney has admitted, he's probably not dark enough to play a great Batman, but I truthfully think he has the talent, enough of Bruce Wayne's qualities to make for a pretty good Batman in a well-made movie.

    If he had played Batman in, say, a movie directed by himself, rather than Schumacher, I think our feelings on him would be much different.
     
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  8. Cain

    Cain I Heart Amazons

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    He had the jawline. Besides him no other bat actor has had it since Adam West. I think if given a completely different take he would've been boss. Imagine him in Batman Forever for example.

    I liked his "real" Bruce Wayne. The one from the manor, his public Bruce sucked. Val Kilmer still had the best live action public Bruce Wayne. He was still at that point in his career where he was bobbing his head every time he segued. So that **** was always annoying. At the same time his emotion in the scenes with Gough was very genuine. I bought it very much as a great Bruce and Alfred dynamic. Their performances in those scenes easily the greatest thing in that movie.
     
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    I disagree, I think Kilmer had the jaw thing going on in his own way, he had chiseled features, probably not a big stone-like jaw, but Batman is also very often drew with a defined jaw line like Kilmer's. In fact, Kilmer reminds me alot of the Adams / O'Neil era.
     
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    Clooney didnt even play Batman. He never even changed the voice when in the suit and never acted differently, but its not entirely his fault. Schumacher said that he didnt want the hurt and angry Batman anymore but wanted to remake him as a straight on superhero, so...
     
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    Those are still some of the best scenes in any Batman film to date. Not before nor since has the love and bond between Bruce and Alfred been that apparent.

    That said, I've always seen him as more of a Tony Stark than a Bruce Wayne.
     
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    Paste Pot Pete No, I build a rocket.

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    Clooney has evolved so greatly as an actor since then that I would totally be game for him as a wiser, older Batman today.

    Like Cain said, he was still in his bobblehead days, and of course the movie itself was a trainwreck. But his quiet scenes with Alfred are still as touching as can be within the confines of such a monumentally stupid film.

    Wrong movie, wrong time. He was directed, like everyone, to treat it like a "cartoon." Given the right direction, he'd have been fine. And might have actually changed his voice between Bruce and Bats!
     
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    I feel he was miscast. I am a big fan of Clooney, but I don't think he fits the Bruce Wayne/Batman persona. I see him as much more of a Bond kind of action guy.
     
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    I feel Kilmer&Clooney got wasted!,Especially Kilmer(Not better than Keaton or Bale,But I feel he was very underrated!).
     
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    Clooney could have a been a great Batman. I see Bruce Wayne from B:TAS with Glooney's Bruce Wayne.
     
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  17. Sam Fisher

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    This.
     
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  18. ALP

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    Agreed. I don't think Clooney could have been a great Batman/Wayne under any circumstances. He's good in many roles(and bad in others). He is my single least favorite Batman/Wayne ever. He was merely miscast. Kilmer was infinitely better.
     
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    Absolutely. He's neither a tormented or angry soul as Wayne, nor is he an intimidating creature of the night
     
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    PHYSICALLY... the closest Wayne we´ve got.
     
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    True. Clooney's Bruce Wayne is arguably the best, alongside Keaton in B89, IMO. Clooney's Bruce Wayne isn't the tormented, brooding man tha he was in B89 to BF. He finally let go of his parents death and had a purpose to the suit. So I don't get the criticism that he should have acted like Keaton or Kilmer. His Batman is the worst, though. By far.
     
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