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Batman Meets the Fearsome Foursome / Batman - The Movie / Batman hält die Welt in Atem

USA 1966
produced by
William Dozier for Greenlawn Productions, 20th Century Fox
directed by Leslie H.Martinson
starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Rapp, Reginald Denny, Madge Blake, Milton Frome, Gil Perkins, Dick Crockett, George Sawaya
screenplay by Lorenzo Semple jr, based on the comic created by Bob Kane, published by DC-Comics, music by Nelson Riddle

Batman, Batman (Adam West), Robin, Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When a yacht containing both Commodore Schmidlapp (Reginald Denny) & his secret ultimate weapon goes amiss, it doesn't take Batman (Adam West) & Robin (Burt Ward) long to find out who is bhind all this: All of Batman's arch-enemies currently at large, Catwoman (Lee Merriwether), the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), & the Penguin (Burgess Meredith). This foursome wants to achieve nothing less than world domination with Schmidlapps weapon, & only Batman & Robin can prevent that. So, to get the 2 of them out of the way, they device a plan of Catwoman (in her disguise as beautiful Russian journalist Miss Kitka) seducing millionaire Bruce Wayne (who of course, bzut unbeknowest to them, is no other than Batman himself without disguise), then abducting the man & waiting for Batman & Robin to rush to his rescue only to step into their trap. For obvious reasons, the plan fails to work out & Bruce Wayne manages to free himself, forcing the villains to come up with some backup-plans: First they try to blow Batman up with a bomb (which Batman tries to dispose of at the docks in one of the movies greatest scenes involving nuns, drunk sailors, lovers in a boat, a small orchestra promenading the docks, young docks & Batman's famous comment "Somedays you just can't get rid of a bomb !"). Next the crooks try Schmkidlapp's weapon for the first time, the Dehydrator, a machine aboe to turn human beings into dust - & they can even be turned back when water is added ! So, the Penguin manages to cheat his way into the Batcave with some dehydrated thugs, but when he wants to rehydrate them again, he accidently uses heavy water Batman keeps at the cave to cool his atomic generator & the thugs dissolvwe at the slightest touch. Finally, the 4 villains put their major plan into action, abducting the dehydrated members of the United World Council & holding them for ransom in their submarine, but the Batman & Robin can even foil that plan, capturing all the villains & unmasking Catwoman as Kitka (breaking Batman's heart of course), but unfortunately, the dust of the dehydrated members of the United World Council accidently got mixed together & when they are rehydrated, they appear to be speaking everything but in tehir mother languages. Maybe it's for the better ...


When William Dozier introduced the highly comical & intentionally camp Batman-TV-series, it was a slap in the face of any serious Batman fan. Pretty much everybody else loved the series though, & why not, how can you not find someone funny who fights crime dressed as a bat (including stupid ears) & wearing a cape. This movie, shot approximately after the first season of the series & given a slightly higher budget than Batman's small screen adventures, is pretty much in tone with the TV-show, using the same actors (except for Catwoman, who was played by Julie Newmar & later Eartha Kitt in the series) & the same over the top humour. What is particularly amusing are the 4 lead-villains who seem to have nothing else to do but constantly outham one another - which works great in the context of the movie -, Adam West's increasingly stupid dialogues which he delivers in his own unique way & the great sets in bright primary colours as if right out of a comicbook.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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a collection of short stories and mini-plays
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produced by and starring
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directed by
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written by
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Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD