Directed by: Leslie H Martinson
Cast: Adam West (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Burt Ward (Dick Grayson/ Robin), Cesar Romero (The Joker), Burgess Meredith (The Penguin), Frank Gorshin (The Riddler), Lee Meriwether (Catwoman)
These days it takes two years to make a Batman movie. Back in the ’60s, well, let’s just say the TV show premiered in January 1966 and this movie spin-off was in the cinema by July the same year. To be honest, it’s just an extended episode of the TV show, with little discernible increase in budget (although there are new bits of hardware on show, including a Bat Boat). But it’s fun, with four of the Caped Crusader’s best-known enemies teaming up to out-camp each other, then being soundly beaten by Batman. The stand out moment is Batman repelling a rubber shark with Bat Shark Repellant. Very silly, but eminently watchable.