Batman — The Movie (1966)
Featuring rubber sharks, baby ducks, scads of villains and
Lee Meriwether as Catwoman.
Why are the eyebrows drawn on on Batman's mask white? (Joe
Clearly, the CAMP. Homo-erotic overtones, retarded dialogue,
over the top stupidity, and proto-psychedelic camera angles
and set design. Sid and Marty Krofft weren't the only producers
smoking dope out in Burbank. (Mark Finn)
The intrusion of Hollywood celebrities, and all of the ego
that came with it. The guest-shots hanging out the windows during
the wall-climbing scenes, a vain Cesar Romero who wouldn't shave
his mustache, an incomprehensible Otto Preminger as King Tut
. . . sometimes, you can have too much fun for one
thirty minute show. (Mark Finn)
costumes were laughable. Hey, Adam West, nice Bat-Paunch. Burt,
are those actually tights? Sheesh. (Mark Finn)
Not enough Gorshin, my friends. Not nearly enough sweet Gorshin.
That damn Salvation Army band. All these years later and that
song is STILL stuck in my head! (Jayme Blaschke)
Easily defeated dehydrated henchmen. Yo ho! (Jayme Blaschke)
That a pimped-out Penguin Submarine, armed to the teeth with
surface-to-air missiles and dolphin-killing torpedoes, can be
taken down so easily by that rinky-dink Batboat. (Jayme Blaschke)
Holy early-onset Alzheimer's, Batman! In a press conference
scene, Batman tells a reporter: "Nonsense. How can a yacht
simply disappear?" Then, in the very next scene, Batman
says to Robin: "As you yourself stated, a yacht simply
can't disappear." Either Batman left his Ginseng
tablets in his other utility belt, or he was used to attributing
to Robin thoughts he himself had:
"Robin, what would possibly make you suggest that I
put on your tights and a pair of pasties, and then grind my
sweaty Bat-sack on the Bat-pole to the tune of 'Incense and
Peppermints' in hopes of getting you to place folded paper currency
in the elastic of my Bat-a-thong?"
"Holy underwear Batman, I never said that!"
"You're sure, Robin? Well then, why am I wearing
"I don't know."
"Neither do I, Robin, neither do I. It's quite
a conundrum. Hmmm . . . conundrum. Conundrum. . . ."
"The Riddler, Batman?!"
"Right, Robin, the Riddler! To the Bat-poles!"
"Uh, I'll take the stairs, thanks." (Jason
See "Sucks" above. No, really. I know it's wrong,
but everything awful about this movie makes me enjoy it all
the more: a pudgy Batman, an awful rubber shark, a miraculous
"Rubber Tire Sale" that saves the crashing Bat-Copter,
heroes and villains alike snacking on every cheap piece of scenery
in sight — it warms my heart. (Peggy Hailey)
Commissioner Gordon: "Penguin, Joker, Riddler, and Catwoman
too! The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous
Batman: "We've been given the plainest warning: They're working
together to take over. . . ."
Chief O'Hara: "Take over what, Batman? Gotham City?"
Batman: "Any two of them would try that!"
Gordon: "The whole country?"
Batman: "If it were three of them, I would say yes, but
four? Their minimum objective must be . . . THE ENTIRE
WORLD!" (Jason Myers)
Batman frantically pounding on the obviously foam rubber shark
is just pure glee. (Joe Crowe)
Robin's essay on the dangers of drinking, which totally captured
the 1950s and 1960s Batman comics: "Drink sure is a filthy
thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my
own eyes!" (Joe Crowe)
Burgess Meredith's mumbling delivery presages his hilarious
line reading in a commercial from my teenhood, one that also
sums up the entire Batman series for me: The commercials
where he said "Cheese . . . glorious cheese."
Miss Kitka, dahling! (Jayme Blaschke)
The Penguin's knockout gas umbrella, his flying umbrellas
. . . pretty much anything the Penguin pulls out of
his umbrella bag. (Jayme Blaschke)
Scrambled world leaders! (Peggy Hailey)
Frank Gorshin as the Riddler. He was actually almost menacing,
he was so maniacal. Easily the most charismatic of the recurring
Bat-villains. (Mark Finn)
For a seven-year old boy in the seventies, ANY superheroic
figure in a costume is a good thing. Batman was a daily dose
of lunacy before anyone could be discerning enough to think
of things on the Sucks List. (Mark Finn)
The '60s Batmobile was, and is, still one of the coolest cars
ever. No apologies for liking that sweet ride. (Mark Finn)
Two words: Exploding octopi. (Jayme Blaschke)