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Batman: The movie (1966)

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Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr (based on comic character created by Bob Kane)
Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Caesar Romero, Lee Meriwhether, Burgess Meredith and Frank Gorshin


May I say that this campy, 60's movie version of the popular TV Series as the best Batman movie ever produced? Okay, I can see a couple of rotten tomatoes and eggs there, but don't get me wrong. I loved two of Tim Burton's dark epic, and didn't have too many problem with Batman Forever and definitely detested Batman & Robin. But this movie brought more fun than all those combined. Why?

Simple. It didn't take itself seriously. Adam West, who must have gone to same acting school as William Shatner, is perfectly deadpan as Bruce Wayne/Batman - the guy who dresses up as caped crusader mainly for fun, unlike the recent version of Wayne who goes vigilante being the reaction to an incident during his childhood. Then we have Burt Ward who keeps hitting his fist and exclaiming 'holy' this and 'holy' that.

This time, the movie has all the biggest collection of bad guys in the series, namely the Joker (Caesar Romero), the Catwoman (Lee Merriwhether), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and the Penguin (Burgess Meredith). Their plot: to dehydrate the members of the United Nations and ask for a hefty ransom ! Okay, now you can imagine how absurd this movie is. And absurd it is.

The movie moves in breakneck pace, with so much of jokes, puns, sight gags and unintentional laughter that I honestly didn't have time to breath. It is fun, fun, fun all the way. I had already enjoyed watching the TV serial reruns and this is a pure joy. The best of the movie is the solving of the riddles. They are so silly, yet so smart and so funny. Too bad, all these will never happen again.

Okay, I know I am cheating, but I can't help it. I stole this from the IMDB and definitely would like to share it with you. You will then know how much fun it is.


Narrator: This yacht is bringing a revolutionary scientific invention to Gotham City. On a peaceful afternoon motor ride, millionaire Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward Dick Grayson have been summoned back to Wayne Manor by an urgent but anonymous call for help; the invention AND its custodian are reported in grave danger aboard the yacht! Never ones to shirk responsibility, Bruce and Dick, with characteristic speed and resolve, descend promptly into The Batcave, and then, as they have done many times before, as BATMAN AND ROBIN, courageous warriors against crime, they are off once again to the rescue!


Commissioner Gordon: Penguin, Joker, Riddler...and CATWOMAN, too! The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!
Batman: We've been given the plainest warning: they're working together to take over...
Chief O'Hara: Take over WHAT, Batman: Gotham City?!
Batman: Any *2* of them would try that!
Commissioner Gordon: The whole country?!
Batman: If it were 3 of them, I would say yes, but *4*?! Their minimum objective must be... THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Riddler: I see the way to do it! We'll play each of our treacherous trumps in one hand, and we'll do it right here!
Penguin: How?
Riddler: How? The end! The end, oh...
Riddler: We shall spring them from The Joker's Jack-In-The-Box, through that window, out over the sea, and into the waiting arms of The Penguin's Exploding Octopus! [giggles again]
Riddler: The trigger: one of my riddles, of course, and the bait: Catwoman!


Miss Kitka: My name is Kitayna Ireyna Tatanya Kerenska Alisoff. I work for the Moscow Bugle.

Penguin: Careful, careful, every one of them's got a mother.

Catwoman: You and your submarine! Look where it's got us now!
Penguin: Shut up, you feline floozy!

Vice Admiral Fangschliester: Avast and belay, Batman. Your tone sounds rather grim. We haven't done anything foolish, have we?
Batman: Disposing of pre-atomic submarines to persons who don't even leave their full addresses? Good day, Admiral!

Robin: Holy nightmare!

Batman: The Riddler is loose to plague us with his criminal conundrums.

Robin: It looks bad, Batman. This brassy bird has us buffaloed.

Batman: They may be drinkers, Robin, but they're still human beings.

Batman: Confound it Robin, the batteries are dead!

Batman: Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.

Robin: When you think, Batman, with those 4 supercrooks hangin' around, it's amazing somebody hasn't already reported this place to the police!
Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.
Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!


Batman: Who knows, Robin? This strange mixing of minds may be the greatest single service ever performed for humanity! Let's go, but, inconspicuously, through the window. We'll use our Batropes. Our job is finished.

Check out my comments on other Batman movies:

Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997)