Despite the dark tones of the original Batman comics, it wasn't always intuitive that a film about a man who wears a bat-motif costume and fights bizarre villains with crazy gadgets should be dark and gritty and realistic-y. In fact, the Adam West TV show and feature-length movie of the late '60s were so influential in their campy take on the character that no one really knew what to do with him again cinematically until Tim Burton brought him back in the late '80s. Burton's batman wasn't as serious-minded as Frank Miller's or Alan Moore's reinterpretations in DC Comics, but it wasn't a joke, either. When Joel Schumacher stepped in for Burton after two runs, however, Schumacher was at first, in Batman Forever, a little more coy and then, with the universally loathed Batman & Robin, kitschy, garish, and out-of-control to an extent that still disorients critics.
After all these years, it turns out, no one has more articulately processed the disaster than George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, and the rest of the gang behind it -- including the director himself. Via Movies.com, this candid, in moments apologetic, almost therapeutic, official making-of featurette for the film is a remarkable act of creative contrition.