“Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.” — Batman (Adam West) attempting to be rid of a smoking, bowling ball-type explosive device.
The TV series Batman (1966-68) took an entirely campy approach to the vigilante hero created by Bob Kane in 1939, playing up Batman’s goody two-shoes heroism to the extent that he and “Boy Wonder” Robin (Burt Ward) weren’t even vigilantes. “Batman and Robin are fully deputized agents of the law,” blusters Commissioner Gordon at one point in the movie.
This was all very well. The campy tone was appropriate for its time, and if star Adam West cut a singularly unimpressive figure in his Batsuit, his stolid delivery was very funny. The movie’s cast of villains was actually impressive with Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, erstwhile Latin lover Cesar Romero as the Joker, comic-impressionist Frank Gorshin as The Riddler and, alas, Lee Meriwether — a poor substitute for the original Julie Newmar — as Catwoman.