A full-length feature film released in 1966 based on the then-popular Batman TV series, which itself was based on a series of popular comic books.The movie stars Adam West and Burt Ward as our Dynamic Duo as they rush to prevent The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler and the Penguin (played respectively by Cesar Romero, Lee Meriwether, Frank Gorshin, and Burgess Meredith. ) from taking over the world. Hilarity Ensues.For the 1989 movie directed by Tim Burton, see Batman.
Added Alliterative Appeal: The characters are particularly wordy when describing one another such as Batman calling the villains "pompous penguin" or "feline fatale", etc.
Admiral Failure: The only plot-carrying action that we see Vice Admiral Fangschliester do is sell a pre-atomic sub to a Mr. P. N. Guin, who doesn't leave a full address. When not talking to Batman, he is shown playing tiddlywinks with his aide.
Armor Is Useless: Averted. Yes it looks like spandex, but keep in mind that Batman wasn't even hurt by that shark, despite the length of time it was biting on his leg and the fact he was lifted into the air, with nothing to support the animal's weight.
Bar Brawl: Going on in the Taverne when Catwoman (dressed in her Miss Kitka disguise) walks in. Well, two of them, actually, on each side of the room with people eating casually in between.
Bat Deduction: At its finest. The Dynamic Duo, Commissioner Gordon, and Chief O'Hara are attempting to figure out who loosed the exploding shark on the Caped Crusader:
Batman: Pretty fishy what happened to me on that ladder. Gordon: You mean, where there's a fish, there could be a Penguin. Robin: But wait! It happened at sea! See? "C" for Catwoman! Batman: Yet — that exploding shark was pulling my leg! Gordon: The Joker! O'Hara: It all adds up to a sinister riddle... Riddle-er. Riddler?
"What has yellow skin and writes?" "A ballpoint banana!"
"What sits in a tree, weighs six ounces, and is very dangerous?" "A sparrow with a machine gun!" "Yes, of course."
Broken Aesop: When reconstructing the world leaders, Robin suggests that they alter their personalities for the betterment of the world. Batman shoots the idea down with a "who are we to play God-esque" line. Cut to after they've done it successfully and it turns out the world leaders have apparently had their native languages switched around (due to an accident with someone sneezing into the powdered forms). Batman is perfectly fine with it and said it's a good thing for the exact reason he shot down Robin's suggestion.
To be fair, There is a difference: Robin suggested doing it deliberately, which Batman refused, but when it happened anyway by random chance, Batman lets it slide. After all, who is to say the sneeze was not part of the divine plan?
Deadpan Snarker: Adam West and Burt Ward do a bit of snarking in the DVD commentary.
Deathtrap: The Exploding Shark, The Magnetic Buoy, The Spring-Loaded Jack-in-the-Box, and of course, A Bomb.
Dedication: "ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: 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"
You will never see the Joker angrily say "You're mad, Riddler" when pushed too far anywhere else.
After dehydrating a bunch of mooks, as his men collect the powder, Penguin goes out of his way to admonish them to be careful not to miss any as "every one of them has a mother". This actually leads to a Mood Whiplash later in the film for those who remember this scene.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: In the end Batman's attempts at re-hydrating of the security council ends with a "mixing of minds."
An Ironic Echo to Robin's suggestion to do that on purpose to try and accelerate progress to world peace. Batman shot the idea down, citing the fate of the five Guinea Pigs as proof they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature.
Fun with Acronyms: Catwoman masquerades as a writer from the Moscow Bugle named Kitayna Ireyna Tatanya Kerenska Alisoff... but suggested that Bruce call her KITKA for short. He even commented that it was a charming acronym.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: United World Security. Though Penguin does have to knock a bunch of them out with sleeping gas, there are no guards at all in the meeting room. They're still worried about guards at this point, so apparently there's an elite group of guards that they found a path around. Also, if it's the same meeting room as at the end of the movie, the villains could have gone through the window and bypassed every guard.
Honor Before Reason: Despite the fact that he and Alfred are specifically supposed to be watching Batman's date to make sure nothing happens to Ms. Kitka, Robin turns off the view-screen in the Batmobile during the make-out session because it would be dishonorable to play voyeur to their romance. Particularly dumb since he had just, moments earlier, started a ruse to lure the villains into striking.
Idiot Ball: The nuns, the marching band, and the mother from the "bomb disposal" scene. Robin deciding not to keep tabs on Bruce out of modesty. Batman not recognizing his sworn enemy Catwoman snogging him, even though she lets out her trademark purr and makes a bunch of cat puns, including her fake name. The villains repeatedly falling for the "we hear an explosion, let's assume they're dead" mistake. The Security Council continuing to bicker and dicker as their members are being turned to powder one by one.
Insane Troll Logic: All of the Bat Deductions, not to mention that throughout the film Batman takes rash actions based on what the audience knows, but he himself could not know for certain. This is especially true when it comes to depth charging the submarine.
Mood-Swinger: The Riddler goes from icily calm & rational to absolutely giggling nuts in a moment throughout the movie.
Mood Whiplash: Things momentarily take a very sombre tone when the Penguin's rehydrated pirates vanish, and Batman confirms that they're very much gone forever (see Never Say "Die" below). This is amplified by the fact that earlier in the film Penguin takes pains to mention that every one of those men had a mother. This also means that, technically, the usually non-deadly Batman and Robin have just killed a number of people.
One-Hit-Point Wonder: The "Guinea Pigs", re-hydrated with heavy water, are highly unstable and easily dispatched and vaporize with one blow.
Only Sane Man: Mr. Bluebeard, judging by the hairy eyeball he gives Catwoman throughout the film.
Out-Gambitted: Penguin manages to attack the Dynamic Duo inside the Batcave, and then steals the Batmobile. Due to the homing beacon hidden in the Batmobile beforehand, he just ends up leading Batman to his lair.
Paper-Thin Disguise: To be fair, the Penguin wanted to be recognized. Not to mention the masks worn by any of our villains.
The villains (Catwoman and especially the Riddler) continually take their masks on and off in each others' presence, which makes you wonder why they bother to wear them around each other at all. At one point, the Joker can be seen wearing a purple domino mask (that matches his suit!) for no reason.
Who could forget "Mr. P.N. Guin"?
Justified with Catwoman, since Batman hasn't actually seen her with her mask off yet and, thus, neither he nor the police know that "Ms Kitka" and Catwoman are one in the same. And since Kitka dresses up a lot and wears a lot of hats / hairstyles, she really is somewhat unrecognisable.
Parasol of Pain: The Penguin's umbrella not only functions as a umbrella, it's also a cigarette lighter, a makeshift sword, a club and a knockout gas dispenser.
Reality Is Unrealistic: Shark repellent sprays have existed in one form or another since the second world war where the Pacific front required the development of effective counter-measures. Real life sprays however normally focus on making the user less 'tasty' or dampens your scent rather than attacking the creature itself.
Reed Richards Is Useless: The premise for The Movie and the Batman TV Series is that Batman only can fight supervillains. Zigzagged when Batman quickly refuses Robin's idea to better the world by making a "Freaky Friday" Flip with the United World Organization security council, arguing that they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature. Then happens exactly that, (but arguably, the Status Quo Is God still applies) and Batman takes responsibility just before going out inconspicuously through the window.
Batman: Who knows, Robin? This strange mixing of minds may be the greatest single service ever performed for humanity! Let's go, but, inconspicuously, through the window. We'll use our Batropes. Our job is finished.
Stealth Parody: On the DVD, Adam and Burt play it like this. Which, if you think about it, makes absolute sense. I mean, come on, insane Bat Deduction, impossible to believe stupidity (Commodore Schmidlap and the fake boat), the blatant moral lessons (the whole drunk speech), and shark repellent? And that's just a few of the more ridiculous things.
Further cemented in a book about the TV series, where one of the writers explained that they were aiming for Multiple Demographic Appeal: Kids who liked comicbooks would think Batman was cool, while those who were too cool for comics and understood irony would think Batman was hilarious.
Stock Footage: The Polaris missiles' launching. Scenes of the new Bat-Vehicles shot in the movie were also incorporated in the following seasons of the TV series.
In one shot of the Polaris, the editors have attempted to make it look different by flipping the image so the fact that it's the same as the previous one will be less noticeable. Unfortunately, this just means that the word Polaris on the missile appears with all its letters facing the wrong way around.
There are a lot of bad guys on the sub in the climatic fight, but the only indicators of this is that they say so and there's a lot of yelling. Only one person is shown fighting Batman or Robin at a time. This goes beyond regular Mook Chivalry; the other bad guys aren't not in the shot waiting for their turn to attack; they're just not in the shot at all.
Take Over the World: Believed to be the United Underworld's minimum objective. Two villains with no powers teaming together must be trying to take over the city. Add one more, they're going for the country. All four? The world.
Taking the Bullet: The porpoise throwing itself in front of a torpedo to save the Dynamic Duo.
Penguin: There ought to be a piscatorial statute!
Technobabble Batman talks of "adding ethnic and national functions".
Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Catwoman rehearses the speech she'll use to gain Bruce Wayne's confidence. Cut to Bruce Wayne's response to "Ms. Kitka".
Un Paused: The United World Security Council members are dehydrated while they're arguing with each other around a conference table. While dehydrated their molecules are mixed together, separated and thoroughly scrambled. When they're rehydrated they immediately pick up where they left off.
Villain Ball: All the villains hold it, but Riddler uses both hands, as even the other villains advise him not to add his riddles to their ransom notes.
But it's worth noting that Riddler's regarded as the clear brains of the foursome and actually comes remarkably close to killing the Dynamic Duo twice, and it's not his riddles that cause him to fall short either time. First, his kidnapping scheme proceeded perfectly and his trap worked just as well, as a hapless henchman later discovered; the flaw in the plan was that Riddler and the others simply didn't know that Bruce Wayne was Batman. Similarly, when his Polaris missile unintentionally takes out the Batcopter, the only thing that saves the lives of the heroes is the fact that they crash-land at the Foam Rubber Wholesalers' Convention.
Weirdness Censor: Why no one has reported the United Underworld activities. Batman blames alcohol in a low end neighborhood.
The Security Council not noticing the villains entering the room. You could chalk it up to them being distracted by their arguments.
Commodore Schmidlapp doesn't recognize the Joker, mentioning only that he looks deathly pale. The Joker hand-waves this by explaining that he hasn't gotten much sun from being in a submarine all the time.