Batman: The Movie

Batman: The Movie
  • 1966
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • U
  • Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
  • Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin

The film against which every subsequent Batman flick has defined itself, inasmuch as it's the ultimate development of the 60s TV show's tendency towards self-aware camp and away from the tortured angst of the original comic-book character. Batman (West) and Robin (Ward) fight to foil a dastardly plan to turn the Security Council into dehydrated sachets of themselves; completely insane, extremely silly, perversely entertaining.

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Polar opposite in tone to the ever darker contemporary big screen exploits of the caped crusader, this manic, colourful live action cartoon is an absolute joy. Adam West’s Batman and Burt Ward’s Robin just about manage to keep straight faces as they face off against the combined forces of their deadliest foe (unforgettable performances from Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, and Lee Meriwether). Aside from its role in this retrospective, this screening also marks the fiftieth anniversary of this iconic, light-hearted gem.

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