Run time: 105 mins
Holy camp fest, Batman! The Caped Crusader’s very first feature film appearance returns to the big screen.
Adam West’s iconically wooden Batman is the cowled vigilante alter-ego of straight arrow millionaire Bruce Wayne. Along with Robin, his overeager sidekick in hot pants, they must do battle with an unholy alliance of Gotham City’s greatest criminals: The Joker (Caesar Romero, The Riddler (giggling Frank Gorshin), The Penguin (cackling Burgess Meredith) and the purr-fectly slinky Catwoman (Lee Meriwether) as they threaten to take over the world.
The 1960s Batman TV show and film weren’t just a TV show and a film. They were live action Pop Art. From the fight scenes, with their famous "Pow! Wham! Thwack!" titles, to the inane dialogue and absurd plots. It shouldn’t work. It’s far too kitsch for its own good. But, somehow, it does work and it’s as fun now as it was half a century ago.
A cult film that’s ridden on the waves of nostalgia for years, Batman: The Movie remains a ridiculously enjoyable adaptation of possibly the greatest comic book hero of them all.