Batman: The Movie
In tribute to Adam West (1928-2017), we revisit the great campy first Batman film!
One night only! Super-special secret pre-show starts at 7:10pm sharp!
Tired of the overly grumpy Batmans of recent years? Then look no further than the gloriously colorful & kitschy BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966), originally released a few months after the popular 1960s TV series and starring Adam West as Batman, fighting evil alongside Robin (Burt Ward). The film included most of the members of the original TV cast, & like its small screen version favors action-packed parody. Batman and Robin must tackle the United Underworld, a coming-together of four powerful super-villains, Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Music by Nelson Riddle. (1966, Leslie H. Martinson, US, 105 min, PG, DCP)
“The all-star villain cast has fun chomping the scenery, but it’s Adam West’s proto-Nielsen refusal to wink that brings most of the jokes home; more than anyone else, he seems to understand how fundamentally silly the concept of Batman is, and the line between what he’s doing and what Christian Bale inadvertently does is thinner than many would ever be willing to acknowledge.” -Letterboxd