Batman: The Movie (1966)

ALEX SCHADRIE | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

Throughout the years, Batman has become one of the most popular superheroes and has made numerous appearances in different forms of media. Ever since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27, which was released in 1939, Batman has been adapted numerous times in different movies, televisions shows and video games. Perhaps one of the most well-known Batman adaptions of all time is the one from the Batman television show, which ran for three seasons from 1966 to 1969 and starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader. Besides a television show, the 1960s Batman has also been the subject of a comic book series, two animated movies and a full-length feature film.

“Batman: The Movie” was released in theaters on July 30, 1966, which was only two months after the last episode of the first season aired. For the most part, nearly all of the actors that appeared on the television show portrayed their characters in the film with the exception of Catwoman, who was played by Lee Meriwether instead of Julie Newmar. The film starts with Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) going out to sea to rescue a yacht that was owned by a man named Commodore Schmidlapp (Reginald Denny). When they get there though, they discover that the ship was just an illusion. Once back on land and at police headquarters, the Dynamic Duo discover that The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether) are on the loose and have teamed up to form a group called the United Underworld. Realizing that all four of these villains probably have come up with a sinister plan for Gotham City, Batman and Robin rush off to figure out what these criminals are up to. Little do Batman and Robin know, the United Underworld plan to kidnap the U.N. Security Council by using Schmidlapp’s invention called the Total Dehydrator, which can absorb every ounce of liquid from a person and turn them to dust.

Despite some of the absurd moments throughout this movie, I honestly feel like it still held up to the standards that were usually shown in the 1960s Batman TV show. One of the most memorable scenes in this movie is when Batman tries to dispose of a bomb that his enemies left in their hideout, but he is unable to do so since different obstacles prevent him from throwing the bomb into the water. There are a few things that seemed to make this film special, such a how it introduced various bat-themed gadgets and vehicles like the Batboat, the Batcopter and the Bat Shark Repellent, which were rarely ever seen in the TV show. Another factor that makes this movie special is the fact that death was actually shown, which was also rarely ever seen in the TV show. While I must admit that this movie did not have a satisfying ending, I would still recommend this movie to anyone that is a fan of Batman, a fan of the late Adam West or just someone that needs a good movie to watch.

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