Movie Review 2008 #10: Batman the Movie

This is the Big-screen translation of the campy 60’s TV series, with Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, Ceasar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, Lee Meriweather as Catwoman and Frank Gorshin as the Riddler.
Some days, you can’t just get rid of a bomb!


The movie fully and completely embraces the campiness of the TV show, and in fact plays much like an extended episode of the TV series. In point of fact, the first time I saw this, years ago, was in the time slot of the TV show, since I remembered one scene and one tag line from the movie. At one point, Batman is carrying an improbably large bomb, seeking a place to dispose it. Continually frustrated (but in a silly way–he’s unwilling even to risk harm to a few ducks), Batman exasperated, says. “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”
If you don’t like the series, then watching the movie will be a similarly bad experience. If you can enjoy the style, aesthetic and feel of the series, then the movie is merely a fairly good example of an extended length episode of the series. Thrills, chills, near death experiences, silly gadgets and jargon, and all of the rest. There is even the attraction Batman usually has for Catwoman, in her “undercover identity” as Kitka.
I enjoyed it anyway, for the nostalgia value alone.