Batman: The Movie
Holy Superlatives, Batman! It's really exciting!
"The Dark Knight" offers a fully satisfying cinematic experience, one
thing is for certain - there are no Bat-Boats, boy wonders or shark
attacks in Christopher Nolan's film. Within the opening minutes of
1966's "Batman: The Movie," Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward)
blast out of the Bat Cave in their Batmobile, drive to a local airport
and take the Bat-Copter out to sea to investigate a mysterious yacht.
dropping the Bat Ladder - Batman is attacked by a great white shark
that jumps out of the water and sinks its teeth into his leg. Have no
fear, not even for a second, because our caped crusader is always
prepared. With the help of his plucky sidekick Robin and a can of Shark
Repellent Bat-Spray, Batman dispatches the murderous fish - but the
yacht vanishes into thin air!
Who could be behind this
diabolical plot? It seems the vanishing yacht was just a holographic
decoy to keep Batman away from the real yacht, which has been
commandeered - but by whom? Is it any coincidence that there's been a
jailbreak and Gotham's most notorious villains have escaped?
Gordon states the obvious, that it could be any of them - but being the
detective crime fighter he is, Batman slowly pieces the puzzle
together. "Pretty fishy what happened to me on that ladder...
Gordon fires back, "You mean where there's a fish there could be a penguin?
" Now the juices are flowing, and Robin joins in on the puzzle-solving action! "But wait! It happened at sea... Sea. C for Catwoman!
Batman reminds them, "An exploding shark was pulling my leg...
" "The Joker!"
And now Chief O'Hara puts in his two cents, "All adds up to a sinister riddle... Riddle-R. Riddler!"
Could really be possible? Could the worst of the worst of Batman's rogue gallery be combining their forces? As Robin says, "Holy Nightmare!
friends, the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), the
Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and the Joker (Cesar Romero) have joined
forces. The foursome has plans not to take over Gotham or the country
even, but the entire world. It's up to Batman and Robin, courageous
warriors against crime, to stop the diabolical fiends before they carry
out their evil plans.
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson and
written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., "Batman: The Movie" is so unique in its
own absurdity that it's almost impossible to compare it to the
countless other interpretations of Batman that exist. The "POW!"
"BANG!" "ZIP!" moments of the television series make the leap from
"same bat-time, same bat-channel" to celluloid with comic camp and
satire, and the performances couldn't be any more over-acted.
those looking to reconnect with the nostalgic roots laid by Adam West's
Batman, this film is a welcome reminder of a big part of the Dark
Knight's illustrious 70-year history. Its pure absurdity was a huge
factor in presented a darker, more somber hero in Tim Burton's 1989
"Batman." But isn't it funny how history repeats itself, with films
like "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin" being even more
ludicrous than the ‘60s television show.
This of course forced a
dramatic, darker turn yet again with Christopher Nolan's "Batman
Begins" and now "The Dark Knight." So when you're enjoying the
brooding, growling protector Christian Bale has embodied, don't forget
about Adam West with his countless Bat-sprays tucked away in that
glorious utility belt.
A pure indulgence, "Batman: The Movie" is
an outlandish comedy that is impossible to take seriously, and even
more impossible not to enjoy.