Former Batman villains reunite at Oscars

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito appeared at the Academy Awards last Sunday to present the awards for Visual Effects and Film Editing.

But, before they did, DeVito took a moment to acknowledge the “very obvious” connection that viewers had likely picked up on between him and Schwarzenegger.

While most would assume what tied the pair together was “Twins,” the Ivan Reitman-helmed comedy from 1988. There was another unifying theme. They both tried to kill Batman.

A very blue Schwarzenegger played the evil Mr. Freeze in the 1997 film Batman & Robin, while DeVito went toe-to-toe with Keaton’s Batman as the Penguin in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

“How did Batman beat you?” DeVito asked. Schwarzenegger then revealed that George Clooney’s iteration of the character defeated him by using his “one weakness” against him: “love.”

“He threw me out a window,” DeVito bluntly replied before pointing out that Batman was in attendance at the awards ceremony.

The camera then cut to a stone-faced Keaton sitting in the crowd as laughter rang throughout the Dolby Theatre. “You’ve got a lot of nerve to show your face around here,” Schwarzenegger remarked. “Son of a bitch!”

Tapping into his Penguin instincts, DeVito slammed Keaton by calling him a “real beak breaker,” adding, “We’ll see you after the Governor’s Ball! Pal!” In response, the stoic Keaton simply smirked and waved his hands toward him in a “bring it on” gesture.

Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s reunion comes just one month after they joined forces for a State Farm ad at the Super Bowl. Keaton reprised his role as Gotham’s guardian in The Flash last year, telling interviewer Jake’s Takes that it felt “shockingly normal” to put the suit on again. “It was weird,” he said. “And like I went, ‘Oh! Oh yeah. That’s right.’ But also, then you start to play the scenes and a lot of memories, a lot of really interesting sense memories [come back].”

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