Batman: The Movie is the groovy motion picture the Dark Knight deserves, but not the one he needs. Batman is among the greatest superheroes ever created. He’s had so many mostly dark iterations over the years. Yet his first major live-action outing was in the campy 1966 television series. Most people are familiar with the lighthearted take on the Caped Crusader. While not as much as my parents, I’ve certainly seen my fare share of colorful episodes. Adam West is an ideal crime fighter whose theatrical speech pattern makes him the perfect “Bright Knight.” The ironically named Burt Ward is always by his side as his old chum Robin. “Holy Sidekick Batman!” It was intended for a movie to be released before the show, but it didn’t arrive until after season 1. Batman: The Movie brings the bright brisk world of Gotham City to the big screen for the very first time (not as a serial). Batman and Robin fight crime and teach important lessons along the way. Their latest villainous plot to take down is one foiled by The Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman. The mustachioed Cesar Romero, salty Burgess Meredith, and goofy Frank Gorshin all reprise their roles. With the exception of least memorable Catwoman Lee Meriwether replacing Julie Newmar. They plot a ridiculously complicated plan to dehydrate world leaders. With Bruce Wayne blissfully unaware that his new lady love is the felonious feline. Together the Dynamic Duo “Pow!” and “Sock!” their way through every henchman and utilize the Batmobile, Batcopter, Batboat, and even Shark Repellent Bat-Spray. But the crowning achievement of camp by far is Batman unsuccessfully trying to get rid of a bomb. Batman: The Movie is just good old fashioned Bat-fun. What will I review next? Find out tomorrow! Same Bat-time, same Bat-blog!