Batman (1966) Movie Review

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Title: Batman.
Rated: PG.
Director: Leslie H. Martinson.
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Release Date: 1966.
Runtime:  105 min.
Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Crime.
Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, and many more!
Budget: $1,377,800 (estimated).
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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47 comments

  • Ah glad you enjoyed this, I’ve loved it since I was tiny about 40 odd years ago! It’s so hilariously goofy you can’t help but like it. Shark spray? Amazing haha.

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    • Hahahahah when I first saw this movie a couple of years ago, I knew things were going to be sooooo goofy the moment that we saw Batman request the Shark repellant Bat-spray and we had a whole 2-minute segment of Robin climbing down that ladder to give it to him hahahaha 😛

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  • Hahahahaaa. I am glad you had such a good time with this. I suspect my reaction would be closer to what your reaction to the Superman stamp movie was 😀

    Was this the only movie spun off from the tv show or was it a success so they eventually made more?

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    • Hahahahah I’m not surprised there! 😛 People who grow up with it are much more likely to have fond memories of it but man, I don’t know if it’s even possible to recommend such movies to today’s viewers.

      It was the only movie that spun off from the TV series. It is only in 1989 that they rebooted and we got Tim Burton’s classic Batman movie. In between all that is the whole Superman saga (which is pretty much what I plan on reviewing on a monthly basis now). 😛

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  • This was an era when they knew how to do ‘campy’.
    How about those high-powered guest villains! Those are some wonderful actors that really let loose in these ridiculous roles. We named our cat ‘Kitka’ in honor of the suspicious Russian lady.
    Catch you next time, Chum, same Bat-Time, same Bat-channel!

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  • I had no idea there was an early movie like this. I grew up watching the 60s show and I loved it and also the 1989 movie with Keaton in it. I wish I still had it, but my grandpa bought me a 33 speed record with the soundtrack on it!

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    • It’s the only movie made out of the 1960s television series so it might indeed be a fun one to check out, with or without any knowledge of the show! 😀 I’ll probably be rewatching Tim Burton’s Batman movies to finally review them on my blog in the coming months hahah

      That’s so cool! I dream of having a record collection of some of the best stuff.

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      • I’m working on mine, although the only soundtrack I got on vinyl currently is The Crow soundtrack. Most of my tastes are too heavy for most people. I may share my collection so far on the blog, not quite sure.

        BTW, have you seen anyone that runs comic book auctions on their blog?

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  • Too funny! I love this look back at an earlier take on Batman and Robin. Not sure if I ever watched the movie but I did grow up on reruns of the show and have fond memories of it. I think it’s funny, too, the recent talk of what is too far over the top on your review of The Minders, and how this seems just as over the top and yet I’d watch this. Perhaps it’s back to the fact this is a movie. Not sure I’d put in the time to read a full length book of this. 🙂 I enjoyed the review, Lashaan, great to see you watching these older pieces. And great to see you enjoying them.

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    • Hahahah I can imagine the reaction of many people who aren’t familiar with Adam West’s Batman when they see this for the first time. And I totally understand that. Then again, over-the-top comedy is also quite common too. It reminds me of a less-vulgar Mel Brooks type of silly comedy! I plan on reviewing all of the DC live-action movies on my blog so you can expect all the post-Batman (1966) and pre-Nolan movies getting covered in the upcoming months. 😀 Thanks for reading my review, Todd!

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      • Such a great point about over-the-top comedy being common and popular. And I’ve often found myself thoroughly enjoying it. Mel Brooks is a great example, as are some of the old Leslie Nielsen roles.

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  • Awesome, I’m actually surprised at how positive your review of this little gem is – glad you enjoyed it! I’ve always been fond of this and the Adam West series, as much as I’ll always prefer the purer, darker and grittier Batman sometimes it’s just good to have fun with this movie, or the series. The funny thing is I first saw it at quite a young age and I took it quite seriously, it’s only when I got older and had seen Batman ’89 (had to wait for the VHS to come out as I was only 6 when that came out) and then Batman: The Animated Series debuted that I became aware of it’s tongue-in-cheek inclinations!

    Great review Lashaan, it’s actually long been on my list to cover…maybe one day, I have to get around to watching/reviewing Superman III well before that!

    Oh and since the Batman 1966 movie gets four stars, then surely Batman ’89 is going to get FIVE? Anything less will break my heart haha!

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    • Hahaha thanks for reading, my friend! I surprised myself too with this rewatch. I know the first time I saw this, I rated it a 3/5 and wasn’t too thrilled by the campy humour and all the ridiculous shenanigans these heroes and villains were up to. This time around, I actually ended up appreciating it all for what they were. I saw the purpose, the reason, the direction of it all and found it all ingenious in scope. It definitely doesn’t compare to anything Batman-related nowadays but it has its own peculiar charm.

      That might explain a lot too! My first exposition to Batman was B:TAS as a kid and anything that deviated from that made no sense to me as a kid hahaha

      I’m going to go through the whole Superman saga next myself in the coming months too. I look forward to exchanging notes on these movies. 😀

      Hhahahah you’ll just have to wait and see what I’ll have to say about Burton’s Batman. 😛

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  • You know what? I think I’ll watch this tonight (or in the next coming days). Humor is definitely the part I enjoy about super hero movies the most. The saving the world is a little overrated for me.

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  • An interesting share and background on the famous Batman series. I just read a very interesting share on the theoretical origination of Batman. It was very exciting. With your permission, I would love to share the link with you.

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  • This is not a movie you watch for a serious superhero experience. It’s not what you watch for any kind of drama, other than its cynical approach to global politics. It’s a movie you watch to shut off your brain and have fun, if you’re in the right mood. It’s not for everyone, but it’s charming, the cast is clearly having fun making the movie, and it’s brought us so many great memes. That and the 60’s show helped popularize Batman. Without this show, we probably wouldn’t have the Tim Burton movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, or the MCU.

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    • Hahahah I’m pretty sure that some MCU fans nowadays would never credit Batman ’66 for the existence of the MCU though. 😉 But yes. This is a special, cultural, and historical movie. Thanks for dropping by. Hope you’ve been doing well since moving into your new place and all. 🙂

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  • I absolutely love this movie. I grew up watching it with my little brother. Now my husband and I watch it from time to time as well as the series. It is so fun and campy. Catwoman is a whole mood in this masterpiece.

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