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"He's Here Big As Life In A Real Bat-Epic"

Many of you have seen the old television series Batman from the mid 60s. The campy two part episodes featuring a super villain, traps, daring escapes and often times, evil assistants with numbered shirts like Henchman 3. Most people do not know that there is a full length feature film with the same cast members and in the same style. Batman! was released in 1966 and is written to be an extension of the original show.

Batman features Adam West and Burt Ward in their original roles as the Caped Crusaders, only this time their problems are multiplied. They don't have to worry about the Penguin, the Riddler, the Joker or Catwoman; they must worry about all four at once. Teaming together as never before, the villains have formed a group they call United Underworld and have created a device that turns people into powder. With this terrible device, they have plotted to abduct the entire United World Organization and rule the world in their place. Only Batman and Robin stand in their way and the villains know that they must get rid of the masked crime fighters to be successful. At stake is not only the fate of the delegates and the heroes but control of the entire world.

Paying dedicated homage to the original series, Burgess Meredith appears as the Penguin, Caesar Romero as the Joker and Frank Gorshin as the Riddler. The producers endeavored to create a movie true to the original show only in an uninterrupted flowing format that the television show could not offer due to commercials and time restraints. This version of the Batman story has much less violence and is much more age appropriate than more recent movies. It was rated PG for the comedic violence, but was written to appeal to families.

| 1966 | 1 hr 45 min | 6.5/10 | 71/100
Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, William Dozier Productions, Greenlawn Productions
Leslie H. Martinson
Produced By
William Dozier

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