Fun Fact: None of those puns are in the movie’s novelization. I read it during my Homeroom class in my Freshman year of high school (which began in fall of '97, so B&R was on my mind then), and I thought “No puns, but this would have made for one heck of a better movie.”
Also, don’t forget some of Ivy’s better lines, especially “I’ll help you grab your rocks.” Who knew Ivy was such a rockhound?
On a different note, my earliest memory pertaining to Batman & Robin goes back to late 1995 when I was watching an episode of Extra.
In it, they reported that Batgirl was going to be in the next Batman movie (which wasn’t yet publicly known as Batman & Robin, just “the next Batman movie”), and as a big Batgirl fan, I was ecstatic to hear that news.
In 1996, rumors swirled online of Julia Roberts and Patrick Stewart playing Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze. “Cool!” teenage me thought. I was a fan of Roberts then, and Poison Ivy hadn’t yet been in a LA production. Jean-Luc Picard is unequivocally the best commanding officer in Star Trek history and I loved Freeze from the Adam West Batman series and BTAS, so hearing Stewart could be a Batman heavy was exciting. “Batman & Robin is shaping up to be a pretty neat movie.” I thought.
Then there were rumors of Poison Ivy and Batgirl having a big, epic fight scene. “This movie is getting better and better!” I thought, in late 1996.
Batman & Robin is very likely the first comic-based movie I read rumors and news for online, to the extent of where my expectations for the movie were substantially high as a result of said rumors and news, only to be letdown by the final product.
In the 25 years since Batman & Robin came out, there have been many movies I’ve read about online and got excited for, only to ultimately be disappointed in (looking at you, Star Wars prequels), but Batman & Robin was the first of the “Based on what’s been said online, this movie is going to rock!” and “Man, that movie sucked.” class.
You never forget your first.