Joel Schumacher Finally Explains The Origins Of Batman’s Bat-Nipples

The director of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin was very apologetic.

George Clooney as Batman Image Warner Bros.

Joel Schumacher has opened up about the one thing that’s bugged Dark Knight fans for decades about his two Batman movies: Bat-Nipples.

In the 1990s, Warner Bros. decided to take the Caped Crusader in a decidedly different direction following Tim Burton’s two dark and gloomy Batman efforts.

Joel Schumacher was hired as director and set about creating a Bat-verse that had more in common with the late Adam West’s campy Batman & Robin series from the 1960s.

Over the course of the passable Batman Forever and the unforgivable Batman & Robin, Schumacher implemented a bold colour palate, some over-the-top villains, a Bat-credit card and arguably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most pun-laden performance to date.

 

 

But by far the biggest bone of contention came with the decision to install a very special feature on George Clooney’s batsuit in the latter of those two outings: Bat-Nipples.

Distractingly large and unnecessary, the nipples weren’t hiding some sort of secret weapon or tool to help Batman go about his business. They were just nipples. Big nipples.

Speaking to Vice in the run-up to the film’s 20th anniversary, Schumacher delved into the making of that Bat suit and where the idea for the nipples actually stemmed from.

“By the time Batman Forever came around, rubber molding had become so much more advanced,” Schumacher says.

“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. He [costume designer Jose Fernandez] did the nipples and when I looked at them, I thought, that’s cool.”

Years later, however, Schumacher is still shocked at the fan reaction to the nipples.

“I really never thought that would happen. I really didn’t. Maybe I was just naive, but I’m still glad we did it,” he told Vice.

 

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Alicia Silverstone The forgettable Batman & Robin... Image Warner Bros.

And while he stands by that particular decision, he is willing to admit that Batman & Robin was a bit of a mistake.

“Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.”

Not everyone is so contrite though with Alicia Silverstone, who famously played Batgirl in the film, recently throwing her hat into the ring to reprise the role.

Don’t call them, Alicia, they will call you.

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