Batman (film)

Batman logo 1966
Batman: The Movie
(1966) film title frame
Title: "Batman" (also "Batman: The Movie")

Category: Movies

Subcategory: Superhero films

Director: Leslie H. Martinson

Writer: Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

Based on: Comics by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Adam West
William West Anderson
(Adam West)
Walla Walla, Sep. 19, 1928,
the actor who played Batman
in the 1960s television series
and in the 1966 theatrical film
--- Adam West (Batman / Bruce Wayne)
--- Burt Ward (Robin / Dick Grayson)
--- Lee Meriwether (The Catwoman / Kitka)
--- Cesar Romero (The Joker)
--- Burgess Meredith (The Penguin)
--- Frank Gorshin (The Riddler)
--- Alan Napier (Alfred Pennyworth)
--- Neil Hamilton (James Gordon)
--- Stafford Repp (Chief Miles O'Hara)
--- Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet Cooper)
--- Reginald Denny (Commodore Schmidlapp)
--- Milton Frome (Vice Admiral Fangschleister)
--- Gil Perkins (Bluebeard)
--- Dick Crockett (Morgan)
--- George Sawaya (Quetch)
--- Van Williams (Lyndon B. Johnson)

--- 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
--- William Dozier Productions
--- Greenlawn Productions

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Released: July 30, 1966 - Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, USA

Running time: 105 min.

Color: By Deluxe

Language: English

Music by: Nelson Riddle - Neal Hefti (Batman theme)

Summary plot: Batman and Robin faces four archvillains - the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Catwoman - who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Interesting facts: Batman is a 1966 film based on the Batman television series (the film hit theaters over a month after the last episode of the first season), and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman. The film includes most members of the original TV cast: the actors for Batman, Robin, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Chief O'Hara, Aunt Harriet, the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler all reprised their roles. ABC, the network which previously aired the Batman television series, first broadcast the movie version on the July 4, 1971 edition of The ABC Sunday Night Movie; the film was quickly rebroadcast on ABC September 4 of that year. The film was released on VHS in 1985 by Playhouse Video, in 1989 by CBS/Fox Video, and in 1994 by Fox Video. The film was re-released July 1, 2008 on DVD and on Blu-ray. The subsequent films in the series are (year, directors, Batman actor):
--- Batman (1989, Tim Burton, Michael Keaton)
--- Batman Returns (1992, Tim Burton, Michael Keaton)
--- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993, E. Radomsky - B. Timm, Kevin Conroy)
--- Batman Forever (1995, Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer)
--- Batman & Robin (1997, Joel Schumacher, George Clooney)
--- Batman Begins (2005, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale)
--- The Dark Knight (2008, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale)
--- The Dark Knight: Rises (2012, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale)

Slogan: «FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE MOTION PICTURE SCREEN IN COLOR! Adam West As Batman And Burt Ward As Robin Together With All Their Fantastic Derring-Do And Their Dastardly Villains, Too!»

Property: 20th Century Fox - Greenlawn Productions

Batman movie 1966 poster 1-2
Batman movie 1966 poster 2-2
Batman: The Movie, American posters

Batman movie 1966 Italian poster 1-2
Batman movie 1966 Italian poster 2-2
Batman: The Movie, Italian posters

Batman movie 1966 French poster 1-2
Batman movie 1966 French poster 2-2
Batman: The Movie, French posters

Batman movie 1966, Batman and Robin
Batman: The Movie, the superheroes. Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin.

Batman movie 1966, the villains
Batman: The Movie, the villains. From left: Lee Meriwether as Miss Kitka / Catwoman; Frank Gorshin as The Riddler; Burgess Meredith as The Penguin; Cesar Romero as The Joker.

Batman: The Movie, official trailer (1966)