Best. Batman. Ever.
This film is simultaneously one of the best comic book movies and one
of the best parodies of a comic book. This film is simultaneously silly
and surreal. This film is simultaneously subversive and earnest. A
young kid can watch this and think it is deadpan serious, a young adult
can hoot and jeer, and a 40-year-old can simultaneously do both.
That is film can contain such paradoxes, and can remain appealing 42
years after its release is due to a variety of factors that all worked
together. Set and costume design are excellent, writing and directing
were spot on perfect, and the cast were all great. From a visual
standpoint, few films can even rival this one's mimetic resemblance of
classic comic books.
But the single strongest and most miraculous thing, that which holds it
all together, is the sheer inspiration of Adam West's performance.
Bruce Wayne has a remarkable amount of screen time here, especially
compared to any episode of the TV series. Note also that in 2 out of 3
fight scenes, Adam is dressed as Bruce Wayne. It is highly gratifying
to see Batman, alone and outnumbered, outfight the villains without so
much as a Batarang to aid him.
By means of some incredible, unknown energy, Adam West was able to
convey a character who is compelling, intense, brave, noble, and suave.
Yet, if one possesses just the slightest bit of insight, Batman is also
completely ridiculous. Of the many, many hero parodies that came from
the 60's and later, from Maxwell Smart, to Matt Helm to Captain Nice,
James Coburn as Derek Flynt is the only other with the potential to
come across as a credible heroic lead. But Batman, unlike Derek Flynt,
shows a few precious and very brief moments of emotional vulnerability.
Derek Flynt is 1-dimensional, Batman is 2-dimensional. (The bitter
truth is that very, very few fictional characters really achieve
Thus it is that this wonderfully-written and perfectly-executed
character straddles the razor edge that usually separates parody from
epic. Despite the absurdity of the character and the situations, Adam
West, with his leading man good looks, super-cool manner, and heroic
intensity causes one to simultaneously jeer at him and admire him. In
all the annals of adventure, he resembles no one so much as Don
Because Adam West's Batman, in the TV incarnation at least, was so
influential, because it so thoroughly skewered every heroic clich.
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Hilarious parody of 1960s comic-book censorship
Batman: The Movie is a tie-in to the camp classic Batman TV series
starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The long running problem with this
series is how easy it for people to insult it and say how it tarnished
Batman's name. These people obviously did not get the joke, or they
have honestly never picked up an actual Batman comic from the 60s (Look
up "Bat-Baby" and then tell me this series wasn't tame in comparison to
the actual comics back in the day). This movie is the only film on DVD
that shows true parody of the censorship act that comics had undergone
during the late 50s and throughout the 1960s. This show, whether you
like it or not, saved Batman from extinction so that he could move into
the more serious medium we have today.
Enough about the history of the show! Batman: The Movie takes the manic
energy of the infamous TV show and takes it up a notch (something that
seemed impossible). The film is just downright funny, plain and simple-
especially if you fully understand what it is that they are making fun
of (bad, campy, propaganda filled comics of the 1960s). Sure, with
films like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight it's hard to take Adam
West seriously, but then again you aren't supposed to take him
seriously in the first place! The plot is ridiculous, yet consistently
entertaining as the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin are pitted against
the fiendish supervillian team which consists of the wisecracking Joker
(Cesar Romero), the sneering Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the scheming
Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and the seductive Catwoman (Lee Meriwether).
What is the villains' dastardly plan? To dehydrate the world's leaders
into dust and hold the world at ransom! Batman and Robin will have to
pass through a multitude of fiendish gizmos and traps in order to
prevent universal chaos, but on the way they will undoubtedly bring
laughter to the audience.
From an exploding shark, questions with an answer involving a machine
gun toting sparrow, and cheesy romantic interludes this movie is a
riot! Adam West's and Burt Ward's deadpan delivery of their lines is
always perfect given the absurd nature of the situations they
constantly find themselves in.
Anyone who doesn't get this series' humor and thinks it's a stain on
the Batman franchise seriously needs to lighten up and go back to the
older comics and find out how great their beloved Caped Crusader was
during the censorship laws. Doing that, you'll probably have a greater
appreciation for the humor of the Adam West era of the character's
So if you like comics or just like manic paced comedies with
straight-faced acting (See: The Naked Gun, Get Smart) Batman: The Movie
is definitely worth looking into! I recommend buying the 'Holy Special
Edition' version of the film most because it has the best packaging and
sets you up for comedy; the new DVD case is obviously modeled off of
the Tim Burton Batman film's cases and just looks too serious
considering the subject material contained within. I don't know about
you but I like my DVD cases and art to tell me what I'm in store for.
Putting the case aside both DVDs come with the same special features-
features that are sure to make any Bat-Fan smile! If you haven't
already done it: Do yourself a favor and purchase 'Batman - The Movie'.