One of the busiest screenwriters working today, Akiva Goldsman, spoke to the LA Times recently about many, many big upcoming projects. The writer is one of the few rare cases we’ve seen that makes a case for giving people second chances. He wrote the scripts for Joel Schumacher‘s Batman Forever and the passionately-hated Batman & Robin, but went on to take home an Oscar for Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind. In an around these two highest and lowest points, he’s done many other well-known movies that received varying response such as I, Robot, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, and I am Legend.
When the topic of Batman & Robin came up something was mentioned that stuck out. It came from the mouth of Marvel’s main man, Kevin Feige, who was quoted as saying that the loathed comic book movie may actually be the most important movie to be made for that genre. And why would he say such things? Well, because of how horrid the movie was, of course. Feige explained that the sheer awfulness of that film forced open new eyes, which in-turn laid the groundwork for the much more accepted style of comic book movie making seen in franchises like Spider-Man and X-Men.
This quote was reportedly said a few months back, and may be old news to some, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it. The question is: do you agree with him? As absurd as it sounds, the man does make a perfectly valid point in the argument; but still, most important of all time? That’s a hard pill to swallow, because even in its fair logic, it gives some form of respect to Batman & Robin.
Personally, when it comes to the most important comic book movies, I think we should look at movies like V for Vendetta and Road to Perdition, which showed that comics presented in highly dramatic fashions could be praised and loved by many. In terms of your more popular action movies based on comics, the aforementioned Spider-Man and X-Men franchises have to be first to come to mind.
Do you really agree that Batman & Robin is the most important comic book movie ever to be made, or would we have figured it out with or without that unwatchable Schumacher effort?