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I haven’t watched the latest Batman movie beginning with Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, but I can only assume from the trailers that it’s another dark and gritty adaptation – much like Christian’s. Bale before him.
And no matter how much I like that, or the adjacent grungy but still comedic films like those starring Michael Keaton, George Clooney or Val Kilmer…sometimes you want to watch a silly movie.
Adam West’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader in the 1960s may tick that box.
“Batman: The Movie” premiered in 1966 and served as the perfect launch for his next television show – which would run for 120 episodes over three seasons.
The film stars West as Batman/Bruce Wayne alongside his loyal ward Robin/Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) as they battle the forces of evil.
Gotham’s greatest villains – The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Catwoman (Lee Merriweather), The Joker (Cesar Romero) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) have joined forces to take over the world.
To do this, they kidnap Commodore Schmidlapp, owner of the Big Ben distillery and inventor of a new device.
It’s up to Batman and Robin to hunt down these demons and stop their evil plot once and for all.
Unlike more recent films, Batman is not a lone wolf with a dark past. The caped crusader and his young ward are the heroes of Gotham, often seen soaring through the skies in the Batcopter or zipping through the streets in the famous Batmobile. They also work closely with Commissioner Gordon and his Chief of Police.
No, this Batman is definitely not the one we’ve known for the past few years. And that’s certainly not a bad thing.
It’s kind of fun to watch a movie that doesn’t make any logical sense. Like when Batman gets attacked by a shark and asks Robin to pass the “Shark repellent bat-spray.” Is there such a thing? Absolutely not. But it’s a fictional world with a fictional hero, so why can’t he have a spray for that exact moment?
Or when the band of bad guys manage to convince Commodore Schmidlapp that he hasn’t been kidnapped at all, putting him in a “captain’s quarters” with a painting of the ocean outside his window and a buddy making ocean sound effects. (It’s even better when the Joker himself delivers tea to him and the businessman doesn’t bat an eyelid.)
I wasn’t alive in 1966 – hell neither was my mother – but I can only guess “Batman: The Movie” was the perfect fantasy world for children and adults. Everyone dreams of being a crime-fighting hero at least once in their life. West’s Batman and Ward’s Robin offered the chance to participate in an exciting adventure filled with nifty gadgets (often with the word “Bat” in front of them) and arrest the baddest villains.
There were no origin stories, no dark (literally or figuratively), scary, thrilling moments.
No, “Batman: The Movie” is a lighthearted film that makes fun of itself in an entertaining way. Not to mention that the costumes at this point are iconic. I especially can’t get over the fact that they drew eyebrows on Batman’s mask or carved his nose.
“Batman: The Movie” is just as entertaining as those who followed it, just for different reasons. It’s rated PG and can be watched for free on YouTube or rented on Googleplay, AppleTV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime.
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Laura Jameson is editor of The Express.