Batman: The Movie (1966) Review

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Batman: The Movie (1966) Director Leslie Martinson

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Holy film review, Batman! Every bit as campy and goofy as the 1960s television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman: The Movie is an ironic and all-around ridiculous comedy that is so self-aware, it is often difficult to follow the wandering plot all the way to the end. Directed by Leslie H. Martinson and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., the film was hurriedly patched together and released between seasons one and two of the Batman television show. It conveys the convoluted rise of a criminal group known as the “United Underworld” which consists of the all-star villains from the show –Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), Joker (Cesar Romero), and Riddler (Frank Gorshin) as they develop various unfolding plots to take over the world. In each case, Batman and Robin stumblingly thwart their efforts at word…

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