Warner Brothers and DC Films have been experiencing a major funk with their current superhero franchise. And, while they appear vulnerable, an old face has made a public plea for a return. Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger featured in the 1997 disaster that was Batman & Robin to play the villain Mr. Freeze. And, speaking with Fandango this week ,the 69-year old was more than open to a comeback should the story appeal to him.
That would obviously hinge on interest on the other side of the fence and rather than box himself into DC only, he admitted that the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises in particular have taken his fancy. Fronting the press, as he leads the 2017 thriller drama Aftermath before it opens April 7, the former Governor of California threw his hat into the ever expanding ring of the superhero world.
Arnie: The Key To A Good Title Is In The Writing
Showcasing his experience in the industry after decades in the spotlight, Schwarzenegger mentioned that the writing was the crucial ingredient for any blockbuster to be a success. Although that theory fell flat when he referenced his short time with DC, there is truth to the idea that a compelling narrative will work across any genre.
"Absolutely!" replied Schwarzenegger to a question about a return to a world of capes and special powers. "I think all of those movies, if they're written well, they're entertaining. If it's Batman or Batman and Robin, or X-Men or Spider-Man, all of them. If they're written well, they have a great life. People enjoy them, and you can see the grosses that they make worldwide. So, yes, of course I would."
Schumacher's Disaster A Turning Point
Schwarzenegger's comments bring back some bittersweet memories for Batman and DC fans, reliving the film that essentially killed off the character for a few dark years. 1997's Batman & Robin was a mistake from filmmaker Joel Schumacher top to bottom. Including villains that were more concerned about making campy puns than actually being the antagonist of the piece. George Clooney still considers taking on the part as one of his greatest all time regrets during an illustrious career.
Thankfully Christopher Nolan would revive the franchise with Batman Begins in 2005 before taking the superhero realm to a different level. Therefore paving the way for the likes of Logan and Deadpool to venture into interesting and uninhibited territory. Schwarzenegger might want a second shot at it, but that will depend how long the studio's memories are for that fateful installment 20 years ago.