With a Poh!, Zap!, and Zonk!, the caped crusader of comicdom splashed onto the big-screen in Batman, released in the fall of 1966. Adam West starred as the titular tight-clad hero, reprising the role that launched him to super-stardom on the television series "Batman"; with him was his sidekick, the young Dick Grayson ( Burt Ward ), better known as the boy-wonder, Robin.
Four of the most famous villains from the television series were brought together to cackle up a scheme to ensnare our heroes. Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, and Frank Gorshin all reprised their roles as Penguin, The Joker, and The Riddler, respectively, while former Miss America, Lee Merriwether, let her claws out as Catwoman, a purrrfectly marvelous role that Eartha Kitt and Julie Newmar had made popular on television.
With cries of "Yo, ho, ho!" these enthusiastic rascals unleashed methods of destruction and herds of stripe-suited minions on the duo in numerous attempts to capture them...all without success, of course. It is only by means of Batman's number one weakness - women - that they manage to lure him to a near-deadly doom.
"Excuse me. I'll slip into something more comfortable while your cocoa's warming......"
With the aid of the fearsome foursome, Catwoman disguises herself as Kitanya Irenya Tatanya Karenska Alisoff ( "Kitka" ), a beautiful Russian journalist, who wields her accent to lure comrade Wayne into the lair of the United Underground, hoping to use him as bait for a rescue attempt by the elusive Batman. But holy mixup! they don't realize that millionaire Bruce Wayne and the crimefighter Batman are one and the same.
"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb"
Batman combines campy comic-book action with witty dialogue by Lorenzo Semple Jr. ( the script is so entertaining it's worth reading in itself ) and great tongue-in-cheek performances by Adam West and Burt Ward, two actors who truly enjoyed their roles. A slew of great character actors top off the sundae, including Alan Napier as Alfred the Butler, Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon, Milton Frome as Vice Admiral Fangschliester ( the dumkopf who sold an atomic submarine to Penguin ), and Reginald Denny as the tea-drinking Commodore Schmidlapp.