George Clooney’s infamous nipple costume from Batman & Robin is up for auction with a first bid set at $40,000 for the piece of movie history.
George Clooney’s infamous nipple trimmer batman and robin is up for auction with an opening bid set at $40,000 for the piece of movie history. Tim Burton pioneered Batman on the big screen with his 1989 film, Batmanand its 1992 sequel, Return of Batmanbefore handing over the reins to Joel Schumacher for 1995 batman forever. Although the gothic director remained on board as producer, Schumacher’s take on the DC property was very different from Burton’s, with the former drawing inspiration from Dick Sprang’s comic books and the 1960s TV series.
Released in 1997, Schumacher’s batman and robin was the first film in the series made without Burton’s involvement. The film recast Clooney in the lead role, who donned a Batsuit with pronounced plastic nipples and teamed up with Chris O’Donnell’s Robin to prevent Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze prank and Uma’s Poison Ivy. Thurman to conquer the world. batman and robin also marked the first live appearance of Batgirl, played by clueless‘ Alicia Silverstone, who assists the titular heroes in their fight against the two villains. The film disappointed at the box office, was lambasted by critics, and now frequently ranks among the worst films ever made. The sculpted nipples on Clooney’s Batsuit are one of the film’s most memorable and much-maligned choices.
Today, 25 years after the release of batman and robin, Clooney’s infamous nipple suit is up for auction with a first bid set at $40,000. According to details provided by Variety, the auction will be part of Heritage’s Hollywood & Entertainment Signature Auction scheduled to take place later this month from July 22-23. In a statement, Heritage Auction Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena proclaimed that Clooney’s nipple cutter was “easily the most famous – and infamous – Batman costume ever designed“, hence the high asking price.
Clooney’s nipple costume isn’t the only famous one Batman prop coming to auction later this month. Jack Nicholson’s iconic purple Joker suit from Burton’s original Batman will also be on sale with an opening bid set at $65,000, along with The Riddler’s cane that Jim Carrey used on batman forever, starting at a slightly more modest $8,000. While not the most expensive item at auction, Clooney’s Batsuit is probably the most sought after prop scout due to its infamous place in movie history.
batman and robin hit theaters 25 years ago and was followed by several successful iterations of Christopher Nolan and Matt Reeves’ Batman, but Clooney’s Batsuit is still often a hot topic of debate. Last month, Burton criticized Warner Bros. for approving the nipple costume. But to Schumacher’s credit, the late director never apologized or shied away from the controversial Batsuit before his death in 2020 and thus maintained the integrity of his vision. Now, someone who appreciates the nipple suit as much as Schumacher will have the chance to own the infamous piece of movie history later this month.
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