Batman the Movie - Holy camp Batman!
| Batman the Movie is a big screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series staring Burt Ward and Adam West. Designed to capitalize on the popularity of the show, the film is simply an extended episode. Shot for shot this DVD will remind you of the campy old series with all the "Wham!"s and "Ka-pow!"s they can fit into 105 minutes.
The story is ridiculously fun. Batman's four greatest archenemies, The Joker (Cesar Romero), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (the recently deceased Frank Gorshin), team up to dehydrate the members of the United World Security Council andů well I guess plunge the world into chaos. It's up to our preposterously dressed heroes to re-hydrate the world leaders and catch those crooks.
Well, it doesn't really matter what the story is, does it? We've got all four villains chewing up the scenery. We have Adam West in his campy seriousness leading Burt Ward interjecting "Holy horseshoe, Batman!" What else could you wish for?
Just to demonstrate how desperately fun this film is, in a scene of utter insanity, Batman, dangling from the Bat-Copter's rope ladder has just dipped into the ocean and a shark has bitten onto his leg. He calmly asks Robin to pass down the Bat-Shark Repellent which sure works wonders on removing annoying sharks from one's leg.
Now that Batman has gotten all serious, this little piece of fluff is a fun reminder of how silly the old series was. While this Batman fails to resemble the dark and brooding character audiences have come to know, he's still fun and wacky enough to entertain. While certainly not for comic book purists, it's campy nostalgic enjoyment. The added benefit of an audio commentary, tour of the Batmobile and other thrills make the DVD worth spending some time with after the campy credits roll.
Return to the 60s version of Batman. Is this rememberence worth while? See what our reviewers think.