Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the 1966 feature film, Batman: The Movie. This movie hit theaters two months after the last episode of Season One’s Batman (1966! TV Series) premiered.
In this movie, Batman & Robin’s archenemies: The Penguin, The Joker, The Riddler & The Catwoman team up to form a criminal organization called United Underworld, who then kidnap British inventor, Commodore Schmidlapp of Big Ben Distilleries and use the Commodore’s new invention to abduct the United Nations’ Security Council & hold them for ransom. Now Batman & Robin must save both the Commodore and the Security Council as well as put an end to the organization, United Underworld.
The protagonists are
Bruce Wayne/Batman (starring Adam West),
Dick Grayson/Robin (starring Burt Ward),
Alfred the Butler (starring Alan Napier),
Commissioner James Gordon (starring Neil Hamilton),
Chief O’Hara (starring Stafford Repp) and Commodore Schmidlapp (starring Reginald Denny).
The antagonists are
The Penguin (Maestro of a Million Criminal Umbrellas)(starring Burgess Meredith),
The Joker (The Clown Prince of Crime)(starring Cesar Romero),
The Riddler (The Master of Criminal Conundrums)(starring Frank Gorshin) and The Catwoman (The Feline Fatale)(starring Lee Meriwether).
The Hero/Villain vehicles in this movie are The Batmobile, The Batcopter, The Batboat, The Batcycle, The Penguin’s Submarine (Pre-Atomic model) and the United Underworld’s Giant Rocket-powered Umbrellas.
In conclusion, I believe this movie may be in fact Adam West’s crowning achievement in his role as the Caped Crusader. Thus, I’ll end this article with a Batmobile quote from this movie: Atomic Batteries to Power, Turbines to Speed. Roger, Ready to Move Out.