- 1 hr 45 min
In 1966, the iconic superhero Batman made his big-screen debut with a fun and campy movie starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as his trusty sidekick Robin. The movie also featured Lee Meriwether as the seductive and dangerous villainess Catwoman. The plot of the movie revolves around the villainous quartet of Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, and The Penguin, who team up to steal a device that can dehydrate people and turn them into dust. Batman and Robin must use all of their cunning and crime-fighting gadgets to track down the villains and save the city.
Despite the serious nature of the villain's plot, the movie is decidedly lighthearted and playful, with plenty of winks and nods to the comic book source material. The movie is filled with the colorful costumes and over-the-top sets that were the hallmark of the TV series on which it was based.
Adam West's portrayal of Batman is iconic in its own right, with his square-jawed determination and unwavering dedication to justice. Burt Ward's Robin is every bit his comic book counterpart, with his youthful exuberance and catchy catchphrases.
But perhaps the real standout of the movie is Lee Meriwether as Catwoman. Her sultry and dangerous portrayal of the feline villain is a standout, and it's no wonder she remains a fan-favorite to this day.
The movie features an all-star supporting cast as well, with the likes of Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, and Cesar Romero as The Joker. The dynamic between the four villains is a highlight of the movie, with each actor bringing their own unique spin on the character.
Despite the movie's obvious campiness, it was a massive success upon its release in 1966, capitalizing on the popularity of the TV series it was based on. The movie was such a hit that a sequel, "Batman: The Movie," was released just one year later.
The legacy of the 1966 Batman movie and TV series cannot be overstated, paving the way for future superhero adaptations and establishing Batman as a cultural icon. While the movie may not hold up to modern standards of filmmaking, it remains beloved by fans who appreciate its charm and sense of fun.
Batman is a 1966 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 71.