Whether this was Joel Schumacher’s intention seems to be beside the point for many “Batman” fans who have thought about the theory. “That is probably the only thing that salvages that movie from being an utter disaster of a Batman movie,” wrote u/ArdentPriest.
Regularly cited among the worst movies of all time, “Batman & Robin” was such a fiasco that Warner Bros. decided to reboot the entire franchise rather than continue with the series. Still, many fans evidently think that if the intention was to imagine how Hollywood would make “Batman” as a movie based on a real-life Gotham City hero, that changes everything.
“With Alfred Pennyworth playing…himself? Jokes aside, that is a stupidly elegant theory; I love it!” wrote u/DrSousaphone. Meanwhile, u/calltheavenger5 agreed, writing, “That makes more sense than the actual movie.”
While it’s unlikely at this point that any fan theory or reassessment of the film’s value can save “Batman & Robin” from its place in the dumpster of cinematic history, takes like this one show that even a movie that has been this derided can be partially redeemed with a little bit of imagination.