Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Starring: Adam West, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton and Frank Gorshin.
*First Wave Batman*
Notice how there are things that work well on screen and a good majority of media that doesn't. An Adam West Batman wouldn't work or even popular enough to compete with the reimaginations done to the iconic character in the last couple of decades (Maybe more). Titled Batman: The Movie, it follows the very early adventures of the caped crusader with the famous Bob Kane behind the script work. This was a time when superheroes were meant to entertain and nothing more. Psychological complexities and mass murdering villains weren't necessarily marketable. Kid friendly or campy if you will. Truly, this was a Batman for the audience of its time.
"Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods Batman, take a look at this plot."
The plot is a silly as the execution, but to a degree of art. A secret device is stolen by mass villains such as Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. The device is basically a dehydration device that sucks out all the liquid from the body and reduce it to a small mountain of dust. Logic which I cannot fathom as to how the average human form can be reduced to such a small pile of dirt is beyond me, but I doubt anyone complained back in the day. It felt like reading the pages to the early prints of the hero. The deep scripted dialogue, unnatural reactions, and much more. I've mentioned Cesar Romero as an iconic Joker. One reason for that is how the guy can make me laugh without even trying. The Joker was simply a clown doing all possible to deliver the punch line. His facial expressions woke me up from impending boredom and it gets high marks from me. Lee Meriwether plays a rather cute Catwoman, and Frank Gorshin follows The Riddler with too much seriousness than a campy attitude. Second best character would have to be Burgess Meredith's Penguin. The character was alive. He may not be as disgustingly ghoulish as Danny DeVito, but iconic enough to go in the history books at DC h.q.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as shark repellent. I wonder if Bats has Zubat repellent. Hard work went into producing the gadgets and vehicles for our lead hero. Batmobile, Batcopter, Batcave, Batladder, etc,etc,etc. Epic facepalm, but who am I to complain? The costumes were vintage theatrics, and quite colorful; they did a great job blending the design for the characters with the lush colors in the background. Lovely aesthetics. The action was the funniest with the Batman theme having me gush in the background. Boom! Pow! Kablam!
Overall, Batman saves the day, becoming a classic for the general public and the very first movie to spark an interest in a TV show, and inspiration for future interpretations.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.