Two Hollywood icons talk about passing on the mantle.
The reign of Batfleck is over, and another former Caped Crusader may have something to say about who should play the next Batman.
George Clooney, who played Batman in 1997’s Batman & Robin film, recently opened up to Variety about it – and poked fun at his past role.
When asked who he thinks should step into the role next, George said, “I”m not sure.”
“I screwed it up so badly, I’m not allowed to weigh in on any of those subject matters anymore,” he joked.
According to Forbes, Batman & Robin was a critical failure and is the lowest-grossing live-action Batman film to date, making only $238.2 million worldwide. Even though that was the case then, George is still one of Hollywood’s top actors – and he’s making a return to TV, in the upcoming Hulu limited series, Catch 22.
And going back to the small screen, he reflects on his role as ER’s Doug Ross.
“It’s been a while,” he confessed. “ER was a nutty moment in my career, but also in the lives of a bunch of actors. There was six of us who were thrown into the stratosphere. It was life-changing for all of us.”
Daniel Craig will be back to reprise his role as 007 for the 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise, but he’s ready to pass on the torch after his fifth time as the MI6 agent.
“This is going to be my last Bond I think,” he told ET in an interview. “I think I’ve done enough, people are going to get sick of the sight of me. Someone else should have a go.”
As for who should play Bond next (there are rumors that the next Bond could be a woman or African American), Daniel says that regardless, it should be “the right person for the job.”
“I think that’s what it should be,” he says. “I think that everybody should be considered. For women and for African Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board. It shouldn’t have to be Bond that takes … it doesn’t need to be Bond. It just needs to be written — some good parts.”