Batman: The Movie (1966)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Atrocious, but Amazing

When you think about it, really think about it, the character of Batman has come a long way in the last fifty years. It’s actually pretty crazy of how much of an impact each generation of the caped crusader affects us. Without a doubt, there is an element that every version of Batman, including the cartoons, has had that’s been unbelievably memorable every single time. The style has changed a lot, typically from light to dark, but all of them have their positive vibes. Batman: The Movie is where it all started, really, and it is horrible, but at the same time, you just can’t keep your eyes off of it. 

Adam West stars as Batman himself in this very campy rendition of Batman, based off the 1966 TV show. This time around, he and Boy Wonder (Burt Ward) face off against all of their arch nemeses as they attempt to take over the world. The villains include The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin). How will they take over the world, you might ask? Easy, by dehydrating the leaders of the world and turning them to dust. A dust, by the way, that can by rehydrated completely. Can Batman stop their sinister plan? Find out in Batman: The Movie.

This movie is completely ludicrous. There’s really no better way to explain it, most of it makes no logical sense. It’s an abomination of the Batman name, yet…it’s amazing. The amount of stupid things that actually happen in this film is almost impossible to list. Here are some of the things that happen: The Riddler makes some of the most far-fetched riddles that Batman and Robin are able to decipher – including:

“What has yellow skin and writes?” – A ball point banana.

“What people are always in a hurry?” – Rushing people…So…Russians

Deciphered: Some Russians are going to slip on a banana peel and break their neck, and the only Russian that the Dynamic Duo knew is Miss Kitka (Catwoman), so she clearly must be the one in trouble.

Let’s go ahead and list off some more ridiculous things: Batman and Robin prance to the Batmobile, they make everything a pun – and try to pull that off as serious, almost every scene, the Dynamic Duo have an impeccable ability to constantly state the obvious. The acting is horrendous, the writing is laughable…everything about it screams god awful. It’s just one of those movies that is so bad that it’s actually entertaining, if only to make fun of the whole time.

I will say this, for a 1966 movie, they had one good idea. They had all of Batman’s worst enemies in one room, conspiring a disastrous plot, one that would baffle Batman in real life. It’s like…an anti-Justice League. A movie today could benefit off of this same concept if done right. If Christopher Nolan can make an amazing movie with just one baddy, imagine what he could do with all of these guys working together.

Even if you haven’t seen the movie, there is a good chance you’ve heard a lot of jokes that has come from this movie, if not the series as a whole. If you have heard “Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb”, you just heard a reference to this movie. If you ever heard “Holy (fill in the blank), Batman”, that’s referencing the show. Any movie that uses text overlays during a fight is taken directly from this series, because the series takes it from the original comic strip. People make fun of this movie constantly, and have for the past fifty years. That’s how the movie is memorable.

I can’t figure out if they were trying to make it funny or serious. If they were ever trying to make any bit of this serious, then they failed miserably. At the same time, that’s what makes the movie so great. It’s hilarious. I honestly couldn’t stop laughing out loud at how stupid it really is. For that…I can’t help but to rate this film highly, and to call it a “Buy”. So buy Batman: The Movie, watch it, make fun of it. You’ll have a jolly good time.

::what others had to say::

“It was at its funniest when Batman was making the most ridiculous statements in absolute seriousness.”

– Morgan on Media


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