21 August 2011

Fishy's Film Reviews - Batman (1966)

With all talk online recently about the latest Nolan Batman film I thought I’d give the old 60s one another view, where times were simpler and lighter and so was Batman

Certificate – U
Running time – 105 minutes
Version Reviewed – DoovdĂ©
Cast –
Adam West as Batman
Burt Ward as Robin
Lee Meriwether as Catwoman
Cesar Romero as The Joker
Burgess Meredith as The Penguin
Frank Gorshin as The Riddler

The plot
When Batman and Robin get a tip that Commodore Schmidlapp (the final role of actor Reginald Denny) is in danger aboard his yacht, they launch a rescue mission using the Batcopter.

After a tangle with an exploding shark which seizes Batman's leg but is repelled by shark repellent after the Yacht disappears, Batman and Robin head back to Commissioner Gordon's office where, through deduction and wisdom, they figure out that the tip was a set-up by The United Underworld, a gathering of four of the most powerful villains in Gotham City who plan to defeat The Dynamic Duo once and for all.

What's right with it?

Ah classic Batman, it’s so deliciously camp and isn’t afraid to show it

From the endless innuendoes coming from Catwoman, to the Riddlers laugh when he thinks up a Riddle, to the Penguins constant “Waugh waugh Waaauuugh!” ing, this isn’t just camp, it’s funny to boot.

What’s wrong with it?
God it DRAGS!!!!!!

This should have been about 20 minutes shorter

The special effects are pretty bad but come on, it’s a Batman show from the 60s. Look how cool the Batmobile looks!

Best Scene?

Best Quote?
Well the best quote is in the above clip, but this is a close second

Commissioner Gordon: It could be any one of them... But which one? Which ones?
Batman: Pretty *fishy* what happened to me on that ladder...
Commissioner Gordon: You mean where there's a fish there could be a Penguin?
Robin: But wait! It happened at sea... Sea. C for Catwoman!
Batman: Yet, an exploding shark *was* pulling my leg...
Commissioner Gordon: The Joker!
Chief O'Hara: All adds up to a sinister riddle... Riddle-R. Riddler!
Commissioner Gordon: A thought strikes me... So dreadful I scarcely dare give it utterance...
Batman: The four of them... Their forces combined...
Robin: Holy nightmare!

Bonus Trivia
Originally planned as the pilot film for the Batman TV series, the movie was instead produced between the show's first and second seasons. The producers took advantage of the larger budget to have a number of new Bat-gadgets constructed, such as the BatBoat.

During his date with Miss Kitka, Bruce quotes Edgar Allan Poe, the first stanza of "To One in Paradise".

A follow up film was at one point considered. The film would have been released between seasons two and three, and would have been used to introduce Barbara Gordon/Bat Girl, and make use of a Batplane. Due to waning interest in the series during season two, which resulted in budget cuts, plans for a second film were scratched.

Watch it if only for the campness and other timeliness of Batman

I love the film because I grew up watching it and have the nostalgia factor going for me

Fans of the Christian Bale version will laugh their asses off, and so they should. It was a much simpler colourful time

Any fans of comics should check it out if they haven’t already anyway

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