6.5/10
29,112
169 user 68 critic

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Trailer
3:07 | Trailer
The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Writers:

Lorenzo Semple Jr., Bob Kane (based upon the characters created by)
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Aunt Harriet Cooper
Reginald Denny ... Commodore Schmidlapp
Milton Frome ... Vice Admiral Fangschliester
Gil Perkins ... Bluebeard
Dick Crockett ... Morgan
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Quetch
Learn more

More Like This 

Batman (1966–1968)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder
Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton
The Batman (2004–2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Billionaire Bruce Wayne fights crime and evil as the mysterious Batman.

Stars: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara
The Batman/Superman Hour (1968–1969)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Dynamic Duo battles crime in Gotham City.

Stars: Casey Kasem, Ted Knight, Olan Soule
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Wonder Woman (1975–1979)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A team of the greatest DC Comics superheroes protects Earth with the help of a pair of alien sibling apprentices.

Stars: Norman Alden, Michael Bell, Danny Dark
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The further and darker adventures of Batman with a new Robin, a closer association with Batgirl and the previous Robin now as Nightwing.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Mathew Valencia
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Joker goes to Metropolis with an offer and plan to kill Superman for Lex Luthor while Batman pursues the clown to Superman's turf.

Director: Toshihiko Masuda
Stars: Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kevin Conroy
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

Director: Chris McKay
Stars: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson
Edit

Storyline

The arch-villains of the United Underworld - the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Catwoman - combine forces to dispose of Batman and Robin as they launch their fantastic plot to control the entire world. From his submarine, Penguin and his cohorts hijack a yacht containing a dehydrator, which can extract all moisture from humans and reduce them to particles of dust. The evildoers turn the nine Security Council members in the United World Building into nine vials of multicolored crystals! Batman and Robin track the villains in their Batboat and use Batcharge missiles to force the submarine to surface. Written by Aaron Handy III <ah07@gnofn.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Made in Spectacular Color See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First movie project of Burt Ward. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) While traveling with the Penguin in the Batmobile, the close up shots show that The Penguin is clearly seated behind Robin. On the long shot, when the car "stalls", The Penguin is sitting in between Batman and Robin as there is no back seat in the Batmobile. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: This yacht is bringing a revolutionary scientific invention to Gotham City. On a peaceful afternoon motor ride, millionaire Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward Dick Grayson have been summoned back to Wayne Manor by an urgent but anonymous call for help; the invention *and* its custodian are reported in grave danger aboard the yacht! Never ones to shirk responsibility, Bruce and Dick, with characteristic speed and resolve, descend promptly into The Batcave, and then, as they have done...
See more »

Crazy Credits

(Opening disclaimer) ACKNOWLEDGMENT We wish to express our gratitude to the enemies of crime and crusaders against crime throughout the world for their inspirational example. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre--- To funlovers everywhere--- This picture is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize. ---THE PRODUCERS See more »

Alternate Versions

Depending on the condition and color saturation of the print, the Joker's hair can appear orange rather than green. This was evident on the VHS releases of the film. The same thing would sometimes happen in the TV series (particularly during fades to black), but the mistake was more evident and consistent in the film version. The Blu ray release color saturation corrects this and the Joker's hair appears green as it should. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)
(uncredited)
[Violin serenade in restaurant]
See more »

User Reviews

 
Cheesy, a great comedy.
4 October 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

I seriously hope that the director intended this film to be a comedy and didn't want the audience to actually take Batman seriously, because after a few minutes of this film, all seriousness is thrown out the window.

When I was young, I used to watch the old Batman TV series, so I kind of knew what to expect, but it has been quite some time since I've seen any of those episodes. The film was far cheesier and sillier that I expected. With all that said, I actually liked the film. I didn't think it was an excellent film, but it was worth my time.

Adam West and Burt Ward are hilarious in this film. The way they say things just cracks me up. The cast of evil-doers are quite good and funny as well: Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, and Frank Gorshin. The rest of the cast pulls off a good performance as well.

I don't know that I would recommend this film to everyone, but if you're a fan of superhero films or just like old campy movies, then this is the film for you. If you do see it, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


39 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 169 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman: The Movie See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,377,800 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed