Holy campiness, Batman! It’s the 1966 film!
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Adam West as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Burt Ward as Robin/Dick Grayson
Lee Meriwether as Catwoman/Kitka
Cesar Romero as the Joker
Burgess Meredith as the Penguin
Frank Gorshin as the Riddler
Alan Napier as Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp as Chief O’Hara
Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Directed by Lesie H. Martinson
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In a spin-off of the TV series, four supervillains
join forces to
execute a plot to dehydrate and capture members of the
I’m actually quite surprised at the quality of this
DVD, given the
price of the item and the legal entanglements around
(Fox owns this and the old TV series that spawned it,
Bros. owns the characters and has some authority over
This is why the TV series isn’t on DVD yet; they’re
still ironing out
I should also point out that this is based on the
comics from the early days of the Comics Code
Authority, and that this
character has little or no resemblance to the current
original) comic book Batman.
Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.
The “sea, see, C” bit.
The originality score for a movie based on a
TV series that
was, in turn, based on a comic book is a bit limited,
when it comes across as being so much like the TV
series. I give it 3
out of 6.
The effects are awful. The shark looks
terrible, as does the
background replacement. Did these ever look good? I
give it 2 out of 6.
The story is loaded with contrivances,
coincidences, and very
extended periods of danger (including the long bomb
fuse, the shark
that didn’t even bite through the leotard, etc.) I
give it 3 out of 6.
The acting was played out as the director
with ham, gusto, and overacting. You won’t find
serious acting when
the actors know they aren’t supposed to take things
seriously. I give
it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response is pretty good. This
wants to be
goofy fun, and that’s what it is. I give it 5 out of
The production is very much like the TV
series. There is no
variety in lighting or editing, although the slanted
camera angles to
give a somewhat distinctive look. Some of the
Catwoman) were exactly on target, most were passable,
and Batman’s was
just bad. (The cape and cowl should have been
reworked a couple of
times to get rid of the bib and pencilled on facial
the Joker’s visible moustache under that white makeup
pointless. (Yeah, I’m sure that’s because Romero
refused to shave his
trademark, but it just looks bad.) I give it 3 out of
Overall, it’s an amusing diversion for fans
of the early
CCA-era Batman. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Batman: The Movie receives 24 out