Superhero Movies on Steroids Series: Movie #2

Batman (1966)

Plot: The Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), four of the most notorious criminals in Gotham City combine forces to commandeer a yacht containing a dangerous new invention which they will hold the world ransom with.  It’s up to Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) to stop them.

Shark-repellent Batspray.  Instant costume change lever.  The Bat Ladder.  The Bat- Copter crash landing at a foam rubber convention.  Please appreciate this movie for what it is.  This is certainly not the Batman movie audiences want to embrace today, but back then, holy shit was this hysterical.  And the real genius of this movie is that it appeals on two different levels.  As a kid, I really was riveted by the action.  And as an adult, there is nothing better than kicking back and watching this masterpiece with a couple beers.  The acting of the villains, the “holy (fill in the blank)” quotes from Robin, it’s just all priceless.  There isn’t enough time for me to talk about the other great moments from this film.  If there is anyway you haven’t seen this movie, please do.  Just don’t expect a serious attempt at Batman.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 (Really Great)

Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout)

Best Performance: Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman
-This was an extremely difficult choice because there are five legit candidates.  But what it comes down to is someone else could have played the other roles, but only Adam West could have done what he did.  He has one type of delivery in and out of costume and it works every single time.  Every line at least gives you a chuckle…Pure brilliance.

Worst Performance: Stafford Repp as Chief O’Hara
-He’s kind of funny at times, but mostly he’s just annoying.  He’s so incompetent and a yes man to Commissioner Gordon.  Sorry Chief, I’m just not a fan.

Best Line: “But wait!  It happened at sea…Sea.  C for Catwoman!” –Robin trying to figure out what criminals are behind the missing yacht.
-This may be the single hardest choice I have to make in this whole Superheroes on Steroids series.  But every time I hear this line, it gets me every time.  Just the seriousness and confidence Robin has in this answer is unbelievable.  Well done Burt Ward.

Worst Line: “It was noble of that animal to hurl himself into the path of that final torpedo…He gave his life for ours.” –Batman to Robin after a porpoise takes a missile for them.
-If it wasn’t enough that a porpoise (which we don’t see) dives in front of the missile to save them, it was really over the line for Batman to suggest that the porpoise intentionally gave his life to save Batman and Robin.

Best Fight:
-No doubt it was the huge brawl at the end with everyone on top of the Penguin’s submarine.  And Catwoman is such a sleazebag.  She waits for everyone to fall off the sub and then pushes both Batman and Robin from behind.  During the whole fight she’s just standing there making hissing noises…unbelievable.

WTF Moment:
-Bruce Wayne tells Robin and Alfred to monitor and watch his date with Miss Kitka (Catwoman) for the eventual criminal activity.  Okay, this is WTF for two reasons.  First of all, why the hell would Bruce want his ward and butler to watch him on his date!  And secondly, Alfred clearly has a curiosity and morbid interest in watching the date play out.  I’m telling you, he’s pissed when Robin says they have to turn it off but he hides it well.  Also, it’s really cute they give Alfred a little mask to wear while he rides around in the batmobile.

Best Scene:
-It’s not even a contest.  The “shark” biting Batman’s leg is funny but the shark-repellent batspray is legendary.  It’s interesting to note there is also Barracuda repellent, Whale repellent, and Manta-Ray repellent. 

Worst Scene:
-Bruce Wayne’s date with Miss Kitka is easily the worst scene.  It’s kind of funny at times but goes on forever.

Funniest Moment:
-The funniest moment in the whole movie is when Batman and Robin get on the Bat-Cycle and Robin rides in a little kid cart attached with a little “R” written on it.  He looks so awkward in this thing. 

Bad Ass Moment:
-After the Bat-Copter crashes, Robin wants to wimp out and commandeer a taxi.  Batman convinces Robin they are in “tip top shape” and the two run with full intensity as the bat theme plays in the background.  Robin can barely breathe but Batman never loses a breath.  Enough said.

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2 comments

  1. Pingback: Superhero Movies on Steroids Series: THE FINAL RANKINGS « The Green Light
  2. Chris Matson

    I own this DVD. People think I’m kidding when I say how much I love this movie!
    My favorite part — other than the shark sequence — is probably when Batman is running around the pier trying to find a place to throw the bomb.

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