Batman: The Movie
WHAP! POW! KABLAM! KICK!
It's Batman! Based off the cult TV series that was based off the comic book character. Adam West and Burt Ward bring their campy style Batman series to the big screen, and take on such foes as Penguin, Cat Woman, Joker, and Riddler. To be honest, I was never a fan of this show. However, from the few episodes I've seen, it seems to play true to what the series was. It was campy, cliched, and it had those crazy signs like, "whap", "pow", and so on whenever the dynamic duo were forced into a fight. However, some Batman fans might be turned off by this because it portrays the character in such a campy way. The story seemed rather ridiculous and the acting seemed rather stupid. To be brief, I'll just say if your a fan of the old cult TV show sixties Batman, then knock yourself out with this movie. For everyone else, I'd have to say unless you're a big fan of the character, and would want to see another interpretation of Batman, then I'd probably stay away from this film altogether.
However, that's not to say this is a bad movie by any means, as it's certainly entertaining. Although most fans probably won't like this version, but the thing to keep in mind is that when this originally came out, a lot of people didn't really take the superhero genre of film that seriously. If anything, a lot of censors and parents would often be very critical on comic books if they felt they were bit too dark for kids; hence why Batman was toned down in comic books during the sixties. Of course, that also means that fans that grew up with Batman during this time had this version to look to. Although, I know most people that probably grew up with the darker Frank Miller's version of Batman in the comics, or Tim Burton's version of "Batman" in movies, then you might find this movie sort of laughable at best in it's own moronic simplicity.
Hell, most kids today that are growing up with the Nolan version of Batman might find this movie even more laughable. However, you want to know something funny? If it wasn't for this movie, nor the show that it was based on, then Batman probably wouldn't exist today for us to enjoy him now. Think about it. Back then, nobody really paid much attention to comic book heroes outside of kids, and this show brought in a lot of attention the character, and it helped D.C. gain new fans to read the comic book. Therefore, we can openly mock Adam West's Batman all we like, but the reality is that if it had not been for this campy interpretation of Batman, then we never would've gotten to Nolan's Batman movies...and that's a fact.
To get back to the review though, this film is based off the popular TV show from the sixties. Back then, it's fairly obvious people didn't really take superhero films that seriously, and it shows in this movie. One scene for instance, it shows Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) about to be attacked by sharks, but it skips ahead to the next scene immediately, as Batman boasts about how he managed to scare the shark thanks to his patented "Shark Repellent" (An obvious reference to an old James Bond film no doubt). Or take another scene where Batman tries to get rid of a bomb, but everywhere he seems to turn, there's a lot of people that keep getting in his way. Needless to say, this causes Adam West to say, "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb." Isn't it funny how things change? I mean back then a scene like this was perfectly acceptable among comic fans, yet if they were to have Christian Bale pull off a scene like this in a Batman film, then chances are that he would be ripped to shreds by every comic book fan out there. Like I said before, it's certainly funny on how things change.
The story is pretty cut and dry to say the least. All of Batman's deadliest adversaries from the show team up in an effort to destroy Batman once and for all. Of course, Bruce Wayne ends up having a romantic relationship with Selina Kyle, who as we all know turns out to be Catwoman.
As I said, the story isn't that great, but the movie is fun to watch, and it's definitely entertaining. Plus, if you're a die hard Batman fan, or just a fan that enjoys the various different interpretations like I do, then you'll certainly feel gravitated to this film regardless of what others say. However, if you prefer the grittier and dark version of the character that has been portrayed in recent years, then I'd stay away from this altogether.