Batman: The Movie

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation Released 1966




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Movie Summary

Leslie H. Martinson

Batman: The Movie is a 1966 comedy thriller about the crime-fighting duo Batman (Adam West) and his sidekick Robin (Burt Ward). The movie, which is an adaptation of the DC Comics character is based on the Batman television series. After investigating a phony tip regarding the kidnapping of an important Commodore, the dynamic duo discover a sinister plot to take over the world. Four notorious Gotham City villains The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Catwoman (Lee Meriweather), and The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) have a dehydrating machine that will turn all humans into dust. After several foreign dignitaries are kidnapped and dehydrated by the villains, Batman and Robin must stop the bad guys before they dominate the world. Overall Batman: The Movie is a pretty fun flick. The movie includes a number of hilarious fight scenes with the usual "Pow!" "Wham!" and "Crunch!" applied whenever Batman and Robin strike a blow.

Metacritic Score

  • 80


    It may not be the most accurate, well produced, or entirely awe-inspiring film adaptation of the caped crusader, but it is certainly the most amusing.

  • 80

    Time Out

    More surprisingly, the production work is by and large excellent. Nelson Riddle's musical cues are fun, and the design still looks sleek today - I'd choose Adam West's Batmobile ov...

  • 80


    The acting is uniformly impressively improbable. The intense innocent enthusiasm of Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith and Frank Gorshin as the three criminals is balanced against the ...

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • During the fight sequence aboard the submarine, there are several instances where Batman is seen from the back. Look closely and the seam that runs along the back has started to tear open in several scenes.

    • When the Penguin slides down on his umbrella handle and tackles Batman on the deck of the submarine, there is some kind of smudge on the camera lens in the upper right corner. It only lasts for this sequence, but, it is present the entire time.

    • During the final Batboat sequence, when the Riddler fires off one last POLARIS missile to take out the Dynamic Duo, someone inverted the stock footage film when it was fed in. This results in a mirrored image of the word POLARIS printed on the side of the rocket.

    • It is claimed that the Penguin's submarine purchase was a pre-atomic model. The first atomic sub was put into action in 1951. The Penguin's sub sure looks far more sophisticated than something built for WW II. Also, the sub fires POLARIS missiles many times over the course of the film. These were developed in 1960 for the express purpose of launching nuclear warheads. These facts together make it rather odd that such an old sub would have the capability to do submerged to air or surface to air launches of any missile. Any sub made before 1950 would not have been designed to launch missiles but to fire torpedoes, horizontal tragectory based projectiles, only.

    • Fitness guru Jack LaLanne made a cameo appearance on the rooftop as the Batcopter flew by.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Vice Admiral Fangschliester : Avast and belay, Batman. Your tone sounds rather grim. We haven't done anything foolish, have we?
      Batman: Disposing of pre-atomic submarines to persons who don't even leave their full addresses?! Good day, Admiral!
      Vice Admiral Fangschliester: Gosh!

    • Gordon: Penguin, Joker, Riddler... and Catwoman, too! The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!

      Batman: We've been given the plainest warning. They're working together to take over...

      Chief O'Hara: Take over what, Batman? Gotham City?

    • Penguin: There are two eggs this wily bird is gonna scramble. Batman and Robin!

    • Narrator: This yacht is bringing a revolutionary scientific invention to Gotham City. On a peaceful afternoon motor ride, millionaire Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward Dick Grayson have been summoned back to Wayne Manor by an urgent but anonymous call for help; the invention AND its custodian are reported in grave danger aboard the yacht! Never ones to shirk responsibility, Bruce and Dick, with characteristic speed and resolve, descend promptly into The Batcave, and then, as they have done many times before, as Batman and Robin, courageous warriors against crime, they are off once again to the rescue!

    • Robin: (after finding Miss Kitka is actually Catwoman) Holy heartbreak! Miss Kitka!

    • Robin: (as they climb the side of the villian's hideout) When you think, Batman, with people in weird outfits, like the four super crooks hangin' around here, it's amazing somebody hasn't already reported this place to the police!

      Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.
      Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes.

    • Gordon: (upon realizing that the villians have joined forces) Oh! A thought strikes me! So dreadful I scarcely dare give it utterance.
      Batman: The four of them. Their forces combined...

      Robin: Holy nightmare!

    • The Riddler: Question: Who's going to make the feathers fly and knock Batman and Robin out of the sky?

    • Catwoman: You're going to see the purr-fect crime, when I get Batman in my claws!

    • Batman: If Robin and I were to remove our masks, the secret of our true identities will be revealed.

    • Robin: Gosh Batman, the nobility of the almost-human porpoise.
      Batman: True, it was noble of that animal to hurl himself into the path of that final torpedo. He gave his life for ours.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The rubber shark that attacked Batman previously appeared as Peter Lorre's pet in the 1961 film version of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.

    • Filmed April 25-May 31, 1966 at Fox Studios and on location in Santa Barbara, CA, and Los Angeles, CA.

    • According to The Official Batman Batbook guide to the series, Burgess Meredith ad-libbed the line at the end of the scene where the Penguin dehydrated the pirates: "Careful! Every one of them has a mother!"


    • Bruce Wayne: And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams...Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams.
      Bruce Wayne quotes Edgar Allen Poe's To One in Paradise to Kitka in her borrowed penthouse apartment--except he replaces the word gray with dark.

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