Best movie of this year hands down!
Simply A Masterpiece
To all those who have watched it: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
I remember when I saw this TV show when I was younger and I've re-watched it many times. Honestly I feel that Batman was a great show, the characters were memorable and the actors who played them were perfect for the roll, the humour in this show was absolutely perfect even the people who had no sense of humour could chuckle at some of the jokes. Watching it now I do realise how ridiculous it really was but I still really enjoyed the movie, from effects/sound effects thrown around in the movie such as "BAM!" or "POW!" to character design it was a pretty great show, especially for its time.
If you read the reviews here on on the IMDb for Batman you will get a huge number of, apparently, critical words used to describe it. Daft, silly, absurd, idiotic, ridiculous & camp etc. All are true but that didn't stop just about everybody loving the show. ME TOO!. I loved it as a 15 year old boy when it first aired back in 1966 & I still love it today 50 years on. Adam West & Burt Ward who played Batman & Robin respectively always kept straight faces no matter how ridiculous the situations they were in, (& some of them were totally mad), but somehow or other it all just worked. Great too were Alan Napier playing the dynamic duo's butler Alfred, Stafford Repp playing Irish police chief O'Hara & Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon. What really made the show, however, were the villains & villainesses some of whom were an absolute hoot!. Frank Gorshin's Riddler, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, Vincent Price's Egghead, Cesar Romero's Joker, Victor Buono's King Tut (playing the ancient Egyptian Pharoah Tutenkhamun), Julie Newmar's Catwoman & Zsa Zsa Gabor's Minerva (who just played herself really, dahlink) were amongst the most memorable although I could go on, & on & ON. In fact practically everyone who had any kind of name in Hollywood at the time made at least one appearance on the show. As the show progressed into its third season the villainous characters just got more & more nuttier. One of my favourites was Barbara Rush playing Nora Clavicle who was flanked either side by two statuesque beauties Evalina & Angelina played by June Wilkinson & Inga Nielsen respectively. Another really dopey character was created for Liberace named Chandell. He was a kind of musical villain & was surrounded by a trio of gorgeous ladies who played the bag-pipes called Doe, Rae & Mimi. (See, I told you how nutty the show became!). Our bag-piping ladies were played by Marilyn Hanold, Edy Williams & Sivi Aberg respectively. Given the fact that Liberace was well-known as a raving homosexual as well as being a brilliant pianist I am sure there was some kind of in-joke going on by the shows producers who surrounded him with hot babes!. As I say the show was very often an utterly hilarious blast!. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!.
Being just eight when this show debuted, it was my first exposure to the character of Batman, and I was quite surprised, years later, when I found out Batman had been penned in the comics as "The Dark Knight". There is absolutely nothing dark about Adam West's rendition of the character.In this age of infomercials and reality TV, reruns have become a thing of the past, but I've really been enjoying revisiting the show via the newly released DVDs of this short-lived sensation. Looking back on this show nearly 50 years later, I just don't know how the players kept a straight face with their intentionally cheesy lines. Neil Hamilton, a film actor of some prominence from the silent era through the 1930's, is just great as the stone-faced Commissioner Gordon. I didn't even know his place in film history until years later when I got into classic films.And as for Adam West, I've always admired his great positive attitude about his short lived fame. Through the years he's often parodied his role in commercials and you could tell he was really enjoying himself and poking fun at the character he once played. The DVDs have a long interview with Adam West and he really is a great guy. Now in his 80's, West just said he felt very fortunate to have had work as an actor throughout his career, to have good friends and a great family, and to have been part of such a big part of 60's TV culture, even if for a short time - what a class act who did not let fame go to his head.Now for the show itself. Everybody wanted to be a guest star villain, and many did. As well as the original villains from the Batman comics such as the Riddler, The Penguin, and The Joker, there were some added that were unique to the series such as Victor Buono as King Tut. The odd thing about Tut was that the show actually showed the origin of Tut as a criminal - a respected Egyptologist who was hit on the head and became an arch criminal when not in his right mind. He was also one of the rare villains for which Batman seemed to have compassion. Nobody ever wondered why The Joker wandered around in loud suits and makeup or why The Penguin never got tired of smoking cigarettes ala FDR and wearing a tux.Then there is Robin, who is actually Batman's young ward Dick Grayson. Dick is actually in high school, and at Wayne mansion Bruce Wayne is always lecturing Dick about the importance of good diet, exercise, education and seat belts. Yet, that doesn't prevent Bruce Wayne as Batman from putting someone not of legal age repeatedly in harm's way. And harm never seemed to mean mere gun play. Instead it was the danger of being eaten by giant clams or being sawed in half by a buzz saw. You couldn't say Gotham's criminals lacked imagination.Finally an observation about Batman in relation to "Wild Wild West", both of which aired at about the same time in the 1960's. Wild Wild West had good ratings, but the show's producers decided to cancel because CBS said the show was too violent, when the fight scenes were no worse than Batman's fight scenes. Maybe they should have added some cartoon KAPOW!, OUCH! and POW!. Seriously, add those captions into the Wild Wild West fight scenes and you would have had the same thing.So if you have some time and spare cash, get the Batman DVDs and watch one of the great fads of television that people still remember fondly 50 years later. And see if you notice the little jokey touches like Ma Barker's buxom daughter's prison number being "35-23-34" and the fact that Robin's bat pole was smaller than Batman's pole. Phallic humor for the ages. Highly recommended.
Gavin Cresswell (gavin-thelordofthefu-48-460297)
First of all, let me point out that I was more of a 90s kid and I've watched many films that had kept my interest over the past few years until the early 2000s', I've heard of this show before and I've only watched one episode on television. Then, to my shocking surprise, I actually liked it, especially the movie I've watched on DVD a few years ago.A few years later, as a teenager, I've watched some of the episodes online at youtube and they were pretty good. The first season started out pretty well with the introduction of the Riddler, the Joker, the Penguin, and other villains and the story lines are fun and creative with some witty and humorous one-liners and jokes. The cliffhangers are also pretty good it would leave us holding our breaths for Batman & Robin to get out of the traps that the villains had set for them, which is a pretty good thing since this is a show about escapism. Season 2 is also great by retaining some of the charm that made the first season so enjoyable to watch. Season 3, however, becomes the downfall of the show where none of the humor is as witty or hilarious and the fact that there were no cliffhangers kind of hurt me and the pacing became pretty rushed despite some great new villains with some solid talent.Aside from season 3 having some weaker episodes, it has a lot of redeeming qualities that makes this show so campy, yet enjoyable to watch. The cast is excellent. Adam West is a great Batman and Bruce Wayne with a much more light-hearted charm to the role and Burt Ward did fantastic as Dick Grayson and Robin by listening to those annoying and funny catchphrases that you'll never get tired of. Alan Napier also did great as Alfred as did the other actors. The villains are the strongest aspect of the show. Anne Baxter, Roddy McDowell, Frank Gorshin, Cliff Robertson, George Sanders, Eartha Kitt, and Vincent Price did great with their roles as did Zsa Zsa Gabor (she's a pretty lady, if you know what I mean), but I think that Burgess Meredith and Caesar Romero steal the show for portraying The Penguin and The Joker wonderfully. Yvonne Craig did OK as Batgirl, but in the third season's episodes she felt phoned in.At least the theme song in the opening/ending credits was catchy and enjoyable to listen to and I like the cartoon sequence in it. It also has a great production value, some nice photography and beautiful costume designs. The bat mobile is the epitome of the term spectacular and the look of Gotham City is wonderful to look at.Overall, Batman isn't a masterpiece due to the third season's weaker episodes, but it's a campy and enjoyable show that has taught everyone the true meaning of escapism. Thumbs up from me!