Film Review – Batman: The Movie (1966)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

19 Responses

  1. TMH says:

    This post reminded me that the movie even existed! And of course I’m going to watch it, for the very reasons you write about. Nice work!

  2. I like your thoughts on this!

  3. ENRIQUE Lopez says:

    I first saw this movie when I was a kid n I love it now I’m 50 n I still love it why cause if it wasn’t for the t.v. series n the movie I wouldn’t be a Batman fan

  4. Jason says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it but your review sounds right to me (except that I think Adam West has some of the cheesiest stuff of all but maybe we’re thinking of something slightly different by the term). My favorite part is the bomb scene, too. I agree regarding it being a bit too long and flagging in spots: it’s basically like one of the best, jam-packed pairs of Batman episodes ever, stretched into a movie. But it’s still really funny and shouldn’t be missed.

  5. csheldonblog says:

    I am such a retard when I started reading this I thought you were talking about the lego batman my son is desperate for me to take him to see

  6. nice review! i’m so glad you understood that it was being very very intentionally campy and goofy, cuz honestly, this is one of the funniest movies i’ve ever seen and i feel it’s underrated in that way!

  7. IMHO, Batman: The Movie cannot be compared to any other caped crusader film “effort.”

    The ‘camp’ and the ‘cheese’ were on point…as they were supposed to be. Those WHAMs and POWs were right on the money, and if Robin didn’t say Holy “something”, what was the point? It was the humor of the times, and the same people who’d already watched the first season at home were the same ones who crammed the theaters – unlike now, where everyone and their brother claims to be a comic book purist.

    I give Michael Keaton’s 1989 and 1992 turns a nod because of his comedic efforts , especially line delivery and stellar casts. Nicholson and DeVitto? Yes, please! The same goes for Kilmer’s 1995 Batman Forever, although for me, the movies were losing their sheen.

    After that, it Just. Got. Weird.

    George Clooney? Nope! Still trying to scrub it from my brain.

    Everyone’s favorite, Christian Bale? Double nope! Rather see Clooney. Don’t understand Bale’s appeal. I spent the entire movie wishing someone would make him clear his throat or give him an asthma inhaler. I watched the other movies under duress with my husband and sons…and a drink.

    But Batman: The Movie 1966? Classic camp! Classic fun! I consider it my generation’s Shaknado! 😉

  8. A nice slice of appreciation for the old school Bat! And you’re right, nobody mentions this one, even though it’s certainly better and more fun than the train wreck that was Batman & Robin.

  9. Moviebabble II says:

    I can’t believe you gave this worthless uncultured movie a higher rating than Bee Movie. Disgusting! This proves to me evenmore, Movieblabbermouth is failing, and falling from even lower heights. Sad!

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