Robin Williams (1951-2014)

On August 11th 2014 the world seemed to stop for a time, as the sad news of Robin Williams passing reverberated around the globe, sending people into an instant state of mourning for a man beloved by millions.

In a career that spanned almost 40 years, Robin Williams was without a doubt one of the most successful and influential actors and comedians in the history of entertainment, who leaves us a legacy of performances that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.

To celebrate the life of this incredibly talented and kindhearted man, journey back to some of his most famous performances and the timeless classics that defined a generations childhood (mine included).

The Early Years

Before becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Robin Williams began his showbiz career as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco in the early 1970′s, and quickly became a major contributor to California’s comedy ‘renaissance’ in the 1970′s and 80′s.

It wasn’t until 1979 that Williams found himself propelled into the spotlight on a worldwide scale when he landed the part of Mork, in the hit television comedy sitcom,

Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)

This cult sitcom followed the story of Mork, a wacky alien who journey’s to Earth to study it’s inhabitants, but soon finds himself the lodger of an unsuspecting woman named Mindy (played by Pam Dawber). The comedy sitcom became an instant hit with audiences around the world, due much in part to the outstanding comedic performances by Williams, who quickly became one of television’s leading actors.

It may be surprising to some fans to know that Mork & Mindy was in fact a spin-off that came about due to Williams successful guest appearance as Mork on the hit show Happy Days in 1978.

Producers at ABC were so impressed by Williams comedic prowess that they quickly devised a pilot for a spin-off show based on the character.

Mork & Mindy lasted four incredibly successful seasons before being cancelled in 1982, but by then Robin Williams was already been propelled to super-stardom in Hollywood. During these four years, Williams had seen his stand-up comedy career continue to blossom having picked up a Grammy Award in 1979 his live show ‘Reality…What a Concept’, as well as gracing the cover of Time magazine in the same year.

Movie Star Teething Problems

For the first part of the 1980’s, Williams found that his movie career was developing some ‘teething problems’ in it’s early stages, with a string on unsuccessful films including Popeye (1980) and The Survivors (1983), though that didn’t signal the end for this talented actor.

In 1986, thanks mainly in part to his success on the small screen as well as his rock solid stand-up career, Williams found himself co-hosting the 58th annual Academy Awards, a moment that would prove to be the turning point in his acting career.

The Big Break

By now it’s the mid 1980’s and Williams has seen his career take off at alarming rates, first with a hit TV show, then an award-winning stand-up career, and followed up by a co-hosting spot on Hollywood’s biggest night – it’s no surprise then that Williams big break was literally around the corner.

Good Morning, Vietnam

It was the break his movie career had been waiting for, and man did Williams take the opportunity and spin it into pure magic…magic that resulted in an unforgettable performance, rightfully earning him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Leading Actor.

Set during the Vietnam War, Good Morning Vietnam sees Williams play the character of Adrian Cronauer, a slightly unorthodox radio DJ who decides to shake things up when he’s assigned to the United States Armed Forces radio station.

The film spawned some truly memorable scenes and one-liners that showed the world just why Williams was one of the most talented voice actors in the world.

Hitting the Ground Running

It was official – Williams was now one of Hollywood’s top leading men, capable of taking on any role without fear of failure, and turning in breathtaking performances that made people stand up and notice.

In 1989, only two years after the critical success of Good Morning Vietnam, Williams signed on to star in Peter Weir’s poetic masterpiece, Dead Poets Society, a coming of age drama about an English teacher who sets out to inspire his students to break from the norm that is private school and seize the day through the art of poetry.

The film netted Williams his second Academy Award nomination in the space of two years and cemented his place amongst Hollywood royalty. The film, despite taking on serious connotations, only helped to propel Williams comedic career, with sell out shows across the world, he was a man in demand on a global scale.

Yet the best was yet to come, for this versatile soul, as he was about to enter the golden years of his career, and inspire a generation growing up.

The Golden Years – Inspiring a Generation

The 90’s had arrived and Williams career was on top of the world, with a string of outstanding performances and two Oscar-nominations to his name, you’d forgive him for wondering if it was all about to crash down around him…well the complete opposite occurred, and Williams was about to embark on his journey to legendary status.

In 1991, Williams received yet another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, taking the total to three, for his portrayal of a troubled homeless man in The Fisher King, co-starring Jeff Bridges.

For a performer like Robin Williams, the dream is to inspire people with the knowledge that anything is possible in this world, so long as you remember to laugh a little…or a lot if Williams has anything to do with it. What I’m sure he didn’t know heading into this pre-millenium decade, was how much of an impact he would have on an entire generation of children (myself included) and parents.

The Fantastic Four

If like me, you were a kid growing up in the 90’s, I’m sure if you think back to the films that stood out the most in your childhood, there will be four that come to the forefront of your mind pretty quickly… Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Jumanji (1995).

The Recognition So Rightly Deserved

There’s no denying the 90’s very infinitely better thanks to Williams and his unwavering talent to make us all laugh, cry, and cause mischief wherever possible. But this decade didn’t just belong to comedy, in 1997, a year thought to be one of the greatest in box-office history, Williams gave a career performance that finally secured him that Academy Award that has long since eluded him.

Oscar success: Williams (winner of Best Supporting Actor) alongside Best Original Screenplay winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Good Will Hunting, written by and co-starring Hollywood supremos Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this Gus Van Sant directed epic, follows Will Hunting (Damon), a troublesome janitor at the prestigious M.I.T university, who upon showcasing a gift for mathematics, seeks the help and guidance of psychologist Sean Maguire (Williams) to get his life back on the right track before it’s too late.

Good Will Hunting, written by and co-starring Hollywood supremos Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this Gus Van Sant directed epic, follows Will Hunting (Damon), a troublesome janitor at the prestigious M.I.T university, who upon showcasing a gift for mathematics, seeks the help and guidance of psychologist Sean Maguire (Williams) to get his life back on the right track before it’s too late.

Adapting His Craft

Academy Award success, legendary actor status, and command of any film he wanted, Williams career had it all, yet despite the big bucks, he remained committed to what he does best, throwing peoples emotions into chaos with his outstanding performances. As the 90’s came to an end, Williams continued to make memorable characters come to life in ways only he could, and none so poignant then the character of Patch Adams.

Patch Adams (1998)

If there were ever a performance that showcased Williams roar and unchallenged ability to infuse his comedic prowess and heart-felt dramatic emotion, Patch Adams is that exact example.

Based on a true story, Patch Adams charts the life of a medical student, who’s belief that laughter is truly the best medicine, finds himself at logger heads with the medical and scientific community who feel his unorthodox methods of patient care are not welcome in his profession.

As well as being a box-office smash, Patch Adams developed a cult following amongst his fans around the world, with many adamant that Williams deserved Academy recognition for the performance.

Uncharted Territory

The new millennium brought new challenges for Williams actor career, taking a step back from the comedic drama’s we’d come to know him so well for, Williams delivered to incredibly chilling performances in One Hour Photo (2002) and Insomnia (2002). This was certainly a new side of Williams acting ability we had never seen and it only reinforced why he was one of the greatest, most versatile actors in history.

A Testing Time For The Movie Star

In the mid ‘naughties’, despite starring alongside Ben Stiller in the successful Night at the Museum franchise, Williams career seemed to hit a rut, with a string of unsuccessful family comedies including RV (2006), Man of the Year (2006), and Old Dogs (2009). Despite the issues surrounding Williams movie career, his stand-up shows continued to flourish, and in 2013, Williams made a return to the small screen in the comedy series, The Crazy Ones, alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The series followed a slightly crazy advertising agency owner and his daughter (Gellar) and the trials and tribulations that come with owning one of the biggest advertising companies in the world. Despite being cancelled after only one season, The Crazy Ones received critical acclaim and kick-started Williams career again, with sequels to his hit films, Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Jumanji (1995) in the pipeline.

Robin Williams alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Crazy Ones (TV, 2013).

Saying Goodbye To An Icon

Looking back over Robin Williams long and illustrious career, you can’t help but feel grateful for the legacy that he left the world, both as a movie star and stand-up comic, but also as a kind-hearted, selfless person who’s dream was to make the world laugh – well it’s a dream that came true over and over again.

Robin Williams, we thank you for the laughter, tears, and unforgettable performances that will continue to inspire generations to come! RIP.

Film Review UK’s 10 Worst Hollywood Remakes

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves more than anything else, it’s a remake – whether it be a Japanese horror classic or a French love story, Hollywood is bound to remake it in it’s own special way – that doesn’t make it the right decision though.

With films being shipped out like a never ending conveyor belt, there seems to be a growing number of horrific remakes hell-bent on ruining their original counterparts. Check out Film Review UK‘s 10 Hollywood remakes that should never have happened.

The Women (2008)

Plot: A wealthy New Yorker wrestles with the decision to leave her cheating husband, as she and her friends discover that women really can have it all.

Starring: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith

Original: The Women (1939)

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Plot: A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.

Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang

Original: Conan the Barbarian (1982) – starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Plot: What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who’ve created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken

Original: The Stepford Wives (1975)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Plot: An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan

Original: Planet of the Apes (1968)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Plot: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter

Original: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Poseidon (2006)

Plot: On New Year’s Eve, the luxury ocean liner, Poseidon, capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for survival as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum

Original: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Plot: A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith

Original: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Wicker Man (2006)

Plot: A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there’s a larger mystery to solve among the island’s secretive, neo-pagan community.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Leelee Sobieski, Ellen Burstyn

Original: The Wicker Man (1973)

Psycho (1998)

Plot: A young female embezzeler arrives at the Bates Motel which has terrible secrets of its own.

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen

Original: Psycho (1960) – Hitchcock classic

The Thing (2011)

Plot: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Tomson

Original: The Thing (1982)

Film Review UK’s 12 Career Defining Performances

Every actor and actress dreams of that career defining performance that will cement them as one of the best, perhaps win them an Oscar, and above most, ensure they’re remembered long after their time.

Having just witnessed Ryan Reynolds give perhaps his career defining performance in new film, The Voices, Film Review UK looks back at some of those most iconic and timeless performances that still leave us in awe.

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump, 1994)

“I may not be smart man, Jenny…but I know what love is.”

This film is not only a classic in its own right but an absolute triumph of filmmaking, much of that thanks to Tom Hanks’ incredibly moving performance as Forrest Gump, a ‘slow man’ who proves that we are all capable of amazing things, no matter what our IQ.

The film won Hanks his first Academy Award and made him a household name in Hollywood – the film is also one of the most Oscar-nominated in history (13 nominations), managing to win 6 out of the 13 it was nominated for in 1995.

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof (Dallas Buyers Club, 2013)

This is a recent addition considering the film was only released in 2013, but considering the scale of Matthew McConaughey’s performance as real life AIDS victim Ron Woodroof, it has to be included.

Not on did the Texan actor win the Best Actor Oscar for the role, he also lost an incredible 47 pounds to accurately portray the character who in the 1980’s worked around the US medical system to smuggle much needed HIV medication from Mexico to those I need.

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster, 2003)

Terrifyingly real. In a nutshell, the most accurate way to discribe Charlize Theron’s performance as convicted US serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 thriller Monster.

For the role, Theron gained a significant amount of weight and went through extensive facial protetic treatment every morning to look as much like her characters real life counter part. The chilling performance about Aileen’s unrelenting killing spree in Deytona Beech in the 90’s, earned Theron the Best Actress Oscar.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom (Nightcrawler, 2014)

Another newcomer, but it cannot be left out considering the spine-chilling performance that Jake Gyllenhaal gave as Louis Bloom, a freelance news cameraman that harbars an unhealthy obsession with crime scenes.

Gyllenhaal’s unwavering dedication to the character, which included him losing over 40lbs to show a man who struggles to pay for his next meal, earn’t the Jarhead actor an Academy Award nomination, though he sadly lost out to another man in this list.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man, 2008)

Now this may seem like a head-scratching entry to the list, but when you consider the impact that this character has had on not only Robert Downey Jr’s career but also the superhero genre as a whole, it deserves its place among the other names.

RDJ has redefined the iconic character of Tony Stark in such as way that it would be next to impossible to replace him or invision anyone else in the famous suit. He’s helped turn Marvel Studios into the biggest and most profitable movie studio on the planet.

Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris (Training Day, 2001)

Bad-ass! The defining word for describe Densel Washington’s performance as crocked gangster cop Alonzo Harris in the award-winning Training Day.

Such was the rawness of the performance, it’s been a baseline for many actors since, though no one will be able to replicate such a complex and compelling character, one that earn’t Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden (Fight Club, 1999)

Forgive me, I’m breaking the first rule of Fight Club…but I have to talk about it for the sake of it’s star, Brad Pitt.

To say Pitt has enjoyed a successful career would be severe understatement, but there is one film that will remain as the pinnacle of his career, and that is of course, Fight Club. Since it’s release, Tyler Durden has been seen as somewhat of a cult hero, often making lists of the top film characters of all time.

Eddie Redmayne as Dr. Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything, 2014)

It was a performance that only took place less than a year ago, but Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal as the renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking has to go down as one of the most authentically accurate of all time.

It is certainly an incredible achievement in the art of acting that deservedly won Redmayne the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actor. There’s no doubt that this young British actors career will go from strength to strength of the coming years, but this performance will probably remaining his defining moment.

Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don’t Cry, 1999)

Based on the story of female-born Nebraska teenager Teena Brendon who realises he was born in the wrong body and sets about becoming Brandon Teena in a bid to find himself and explore the true meaning of love.

Hilary Swank’s performance as the transgender teen was the defining moment in her career, not only winning her an Academy Award, but also drawing attention to the social issue of how transgender people are perceived in the world.

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

He’s one of the most frighteningly real characters to have ever graced the big screen and one that sends shivers down the spines of people the world over. Anthony Hopkins portrayal of the sinister, cannibalistic doctor Hannibal Lecter is said to be one of the greatest villainous performances of all time.

The role proved to be the defining moment of his illustrious career, helping Hopkins win a Best Actor Oscar and inspiring a host of other actors craft their own evil characters.

Heath Ledger as The Joker (The Dark Knight, 2008)

There are not enough words to describe the masterful creation that is Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight – the performance is one of, if not the greatest, in history.

Chilling, complex, unrelenting…The Joker was near perfection in terms of it’s creation and a definite career highlight for Ledger, who’s life was cut terribly short after the completion of the film. A fitting tribute then that this career defining performance was immortalized in film history and recognized by his peers with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Russell Crowe as Maximus (Gladiator, 2000)

One of the greatest performances in history?…perhaps so. Certainly one of the most memorable.

Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott brought the brutality and beauty of the Roman empire to life in a way that had never been seen before. Crowe’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Maximus, the Roman General turned slave fighter, is often seen as the ‘Godfather’ of film heroes. The film didn’t do too bad either, winning 5 out of 12 Academy Award nominations, and ranking in IMDb’s Top 50 greatest films of all time.

Comic-Con 2015 – What To Expect

It’s less than two days until Comic-Con 2015 kicks off in San Diego and there’s a lot to look forward to at this years fan-favourite event.

Check out the schedule below and stay tuned for all the latest news and exclusives from some of the most hotly anticipated films including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Thursday (July 9)

STAR PANEL: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 | It’s the final installment in the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

What to expect: It’s safe to say most of the franchises cast will be in attendance promoting exclusive trailer and clips – the film’s star Jennifer Lawrence has yet to be confirmed at the event which will likely come as a disappointment for most fans in attendance.

Limitless (TV Movie) | TV adaptation of Bradley Cooper’s 2011 hit film Limitless is making its debut at Comic-Con.

What to expect: Much of the film’s synopsis is still in the dark, though this will surely be cleared up once the audience are set lose on the panelists, which could include Bradley Cooper himself.

The Last Ship (TV Series) | Entering it’s second season, The Last Ship is produced by Michael Bay and stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin.

What to expect: All the latest exclusives from the action-packed series that’s sure to have all the cast populating the panel – though it’s unlikely that Executive Producer Michael Bay will be in attendance.

Friday (July 10)

Fear the Walking Dead (TV Series) | Brand new spin-off of Fox’s hit show The Walking Dead makes its much anticipated debut at Comic-Con.

What to expect: There’s sure to be extensive discussion regarding the plot, which explores the early time of the virus – hopefully clarifying some nagging questions that have been on the minds of Walking Dead fans.

STAR PANEL: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens | So hotly anticipated that there’s not going to be a single inch of free space when the panel takes its seats.

What to expect: Everything. There’s surely going to be an appearance by original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill – not to mention director J.J. Abrams, who’s likely to tease fans with as little information as possible. We could also see some exclusive new trailers and features ahead of it’s December release.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (TV Movie) | It’s not quite Star Wars, but this Sci-Fi Channel produced TV movie has it’s fair share of fans that will surely give the panel a rousing reception.

What to expect: Most of the cast including the latest addition David Hasselhoff, as well as discussion on ten future of the ever growing franchise that’s likely to spawn at least another 500 sequels.

Saturday (July 11)

STAR PANEL: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated panel’s of the event. I mean how can it not when Batman and Superman square off on stage.

What to expect: The cast including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa and Jesse Eisenberg will take the stage – there’s bound to be an exclusive new trailer and talk regarding the upcoming Justice League films that are due to feature a whole host of well known heroes from the DC Universe.

The Hateful Eight | Tarantino’s secretive post-Civil War Western starring Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell will feature at the event.

What to expect: Firstly we’re likely to learn more about the plot and hopefully see the first trailer that’s so far eluded eager fans of the auteur filmmaker. Not much is known as to who will be in attendance except for Tarantino himself.

Warcraft | A film adaptation of the best-selling online role-playing game World of Warcraft, starring Ben Foster, Paula Patton and Dominic Cooper.

What to expect: To be honest, I’m not sure what we can expect. Publicity and marketing surrounding this project has been almost non-existent so expect anything. Plot and trailers are likely to be showcased.

It’s certainly going to be a record turnout for the California-based Comic-Con event and Film Review UK will bring all the latest and best from it. For more information and a full list of who’s paneling,

DC Comics and Warner Bros. Set To Shine At This Years Comic-Con

Over the last couple of years it’s been pretty clear that studio giant Marvel has ruled the roost at the annual Comic-Con event in San Diego – not surprising considering the frequency at which their blockbusters are released.

This year however may see a long-overdue shift as DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios look set to finally headline the convention that will be completely void of any Marvel representation, despite the upcoming blockbuster release of Captain America: Civil War.

Zack Snyder’s eagerly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will take centre stage when Comic-Con kicks off on July 9, with the franchises stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) all scheduled to be in attendance.

DC’s new franchise heavyweight won’t be the only blockbuster in attendance as its spin-off Suicide Squad will also be paneling at the event – its stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman will be representing the project and answer those burning questions ahead of its intended August 5, 2016 release date.

It’s clear that this year will all about DC and not its rival Marvel – there will however be one heavyweight looking to steal at least some of the limelight, and what an opponent it is. Visionary filmmaker J.J. Abrams will be showcasing none other than Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, a new chapter in the epic franchise that sees the return of original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill.

It’s one of the most anticipated events in the Comic-Con calendar and will likely make a dent in DC’s chances for complete supremacy – you can catch Star Wars in cinemas worldwide this Christmas.

Stay tuned for all the latest and most exclusive news and videos from Comic-Con 2015, kicking off in San Diego, California on July 9.

Ryan Gosling to star in Disney’s Haunted Mansion remake

He’s an actor who’s been away from the spotlight for some time since becoming a father, but now Ryan Gosling is back on the map and set to star in Disney’s family remake of The Haunted Mansion.

Spearheaded by Hellboy creator Guillermo deal Toro, the movie remake of Disneyland’s popular theme park ride has been in the works for over five years since being unveiled at Comic-Con in July 2010.

Gosling, who is a former Disney Mouseketeer along with other celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, has been attached to the project for a number of years, and having just become a family man himself with fiancé Eva Mendes, could now be ready to take on the family comedy.

The previous remake of the famous theme park ride, A Haunted Manion, was released back in 2003 and starred Eddie Murphy as a real estate agent who takes him family on a trip to value a mysterious mansion, only to discover sinister things afoot when they become trapped in the house. The family film grossed $140 million when it hit cinemas twelve years ago, and studio bosses will be hoping Gosling’s star power will help them eclipse this when the new film is released sometime in the near future.

For those of you Ryan Gosling fans, he can be seen next in Terrence Malik’s star-studded drama Weightless, which also stars Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman – the film is due for release this year.

George Clooney Sorry For Batman Role

It’s very rare that a Hollywood superstar will apologize for one of their flopped movies, but ever the true gentleman, Academy-Award-winning actor and director, George Clooney, recently apologized to fans around the world for his portrayal of the famous Caped Crusader.

George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman & Robin (1997) | via

The surprise admission came during this year’s New York Comic-Con (NYCC) event, where Clooney was promoting his upcoming Fantasy epic, Tomorrowland. During the press conference for Disney‘s new blockbuster, Clooney fielded questions from fans and the press, many of which were keen to discuss his notorious performance as Batman in Joel Schumacher‘s 1997 box-office flop, Batman & Robin.

Known to many as one of the worst films ever made, and certainly the worst superhero film ever made, the fall-out from this film has always followed George Clooney around for most of his career. But ever the professional that he is, he took the opportunity at Comic-Con to put it to bed once and for all and to apologize to fans.

Clooney also laughed that “since I did Batman, I’ve been de-invited from Comic-Con”, although with his presence at this year’s event, it’s clear that people are ready for let bygones be bygones and forgive one of Hollywood’s most talented and loved actors.

Batman & Robin also starred Hollywood heavyweights Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman, along with Chris O’Donnell and Alicia Silverstone. The film cost an estimated £125 million to make and only managed to generate $130 million at the world-wide box-office, making it one of the biggest flops of all time.