Nothing has anything to say about George Clooneys'' dismal career as Batman, especially the actor himself, who still cant help himself from tearing down his performance a quarter of a century later. To think, we might have been spared the humiliation of Batman & Robin if Val Kilmer had chosen not to do it.
To be fair, Kilmer and director Joel Schumacher were known to butt heads on Batman Forever, but the project only gained enough steam to escape over a decade of development hell and make it to the big screen because the greatest man had already committed to playing Simon Templar before the fourth outing for the Dark Knight had been on the fast-track.
Although The Saint seemed to never be made before Hugh Grant, Kenneth Branagh, Mel Gibson, and Christian Slater, Kevin Costner, Johnny Depp, and Daniel Day-Lewis were all reportedly opposing the play. Eventually, the screenplay was rewritten from the ground up when Kilmer was signed on, with the end product becoming extremely average.
Kilmers, a legendary British spy, is a master of disguise and a man of many identities, which he uses to his advantage when a Russian diplomat puts him in the line of fire. While a $168 million box office return wasnt all that bad, the profit margins weren''t high enough to justify the sequels Kilmer had been hoping for.
On streaming, The Saint will have to cope with a minor resurgence, with FlixPatrol naming Phillip Noyces as the most-watched figure.