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And as Adam West's has said: "This wasn't the Dark Knight; it was the Bright Knight." In stark contrast, DC movies today are grim, dark, and pessimistic. It's their "brand." Ostensibly it's done in an effort to look somehow relevant or realistic. But for all their atmospheric posing, bloated histrionics, and utter pretentiousness, inside remains a hollow, vacuous falseness. Thankfully more and more people are rejecting this cynical message of defeat in their entertainment in favor of films with more hope, optimism, and fun. Maybe West's Batman went a little too far in its light treatment of the character, but the fact remains it saved the character from cancellation and kept DC comics from going under. Marvel Comics was outcompeting them in the comic business then, just as they are beating them in the movie business today, and it's no secret why.
Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, was a TV series which ran for like 3 years, twice a week, from 1966 to 1968. After the 1st pretty successful season on American TV, a movie was produced, using the same actors, screenwriters, sets, music, etc. The reason the movie was made was to pre-sell the TV series to the European market. They wanted to make a feature length movie using the same talent and if the movie did well in Europe, they'd be able to sell the series. That's the whole reason this movie was made. Obviously, the producers couldn't make the movie using other actors, cars, etc. It had to fit into the existing very campy, very funny TV series.
The movie is slow at times, the acting IS over the top (most all TV acting was over the top in the 60s and 70s), the plot silly. None of this stuff really matters, because of (and one reviewer has already pointed this out) the sincerity of Adam West and Burt Ward in their roles as the Caped Crusaders. This isn't something they do to keep from spending time with Aunt Harriet. This was deadly serious to them and they showed it. To me the funniest sequence in the movie is the scene where Batman is trying to get a cartoon-type bomb away from various groups of wandering people before the bomb blows up. He runs all around the docks where the scene is set, holding what is obviously a prop bomb with a sparkler attached to it for a burning fuse. He runs to this side of the dock, there's a small group of Salvation Army people, to that side, young lovers, or a family of ducks in the water, etc.Read more ›
The dynamic duo, Batman and Robin, hit the big screen in this 1960s action/adventure camp-stravaganza!
When the caped crusaders’s most dangerous foes—Joker, Riddler, Catwoman, Penquin—team up and plot to dehydrate the United Nations Security Council, Batman and Robin find themselves in over their heads and must pull out all the stops to put an end to the evil villains’ dastardly plans in this big screen adaptation of the hit TV series.
This movie rocks! And here’s why:
It’s fast-paced, exciting, and is the definition of superhero fun. What? You mean superheroes can be fun? Of course! Remember dressing up as a kid and flying around the house as Superman or climbing the stairs as Spider-Man or swinging from room to room as Batman? Remember laying waste to all those imaginary villains while also saving the damsel in distress and trying to ignore your parents when they called you for dinner? That was superhero fun. Easy-going, super adventure.
This film is the same thing . . . but with grownups. Of course, it’s also a giant Batman TV episode complete with such goodies as the animated THOKs and POWs bursting across the screen, crazy bat-gadgets for every occasion (i.e. the [in]famous bat-shark repellent), a host of bat-vehicles, and goofy special effects that work well in the context of the movie.
What’s brilliant about this Batman movie are the jokes. First, it’s meant to be silly and funny, but the humor is both overt and subtle, whether it’s the dialogue, facial expressions or even actions in some cases. It’s also amazing that despite it being purposely campy, Adam West and Burt Ward—Batman and Robin, respectively—played their characters straight.Read more ›
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I gave it to my daughter as a gift and she is enjoying it ,,has watched it many times,,,,,it's funny tongue in cheek kind of humor...highly recomend it...Published 5 months ago by Jenny Barnes
I had an old VHS copy of this and never thought to buy the DVD of it, so it was nice to see this classic available for such a great price on Blu-Ray. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Swan
Film qui répondait à un besoin des fans de l'époque. Visionné au premier degré, plaisir garanti tout comme la série.Published 8 months ago by Bob René
I remember I loved this movie when I was 7. I showed it to my 7 year old and my 5 year old & they really liked it but I must confess nostalgia didn't hold up for me as it does for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dungeon Master
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