Yoinked from imdb and the wikipedia ...
"Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 film and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character of the same name. Released by 20th Century Fox, the film starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The film was directed by Leslie H. Martinson, who also directed a pair of Batman episodes from season one.
Producer William Dozier wanted to make a big-screen film to generate interest in his proposed Batman TV series. He wanted the film to be in theaters while the first season was before the cameras, but 20th Century Fox studio refused because they wanted to know if the series would be a hit before they would allow a film. So it wasn't filmed until the end of the first season of Batman the TV series (between April 25 and May 31, 1966 at an estimated $1,377,800).
The movie featured four criminals from the show, including the Joker (Cesar Romero), Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether, replacing Julie Newmar who had prior commitments at the time). The producers took advantage of the larger budget to have a number of new Bat-gadgets constructed, such as the BatBoat.
Coincidentally, the BatBoat was built especially for the film by the Glastron boat company and in exchange for their cooperation, the producers agreed to hold the film's world premiere in Austin, Texas, Glastron's headquarters. HOLY BAT-CONFLICT OF INTEREST, BATMAN!
Like the television series, the movie featured saturated colors, campy dialogue and special effects, and exaggeration in acting performances, as well as the occasional breaking the fourth wall, effectively being a tongue-in-cheek parody.
Though it is often described as a parody of a popular comic-book character, some commentators believe that its comedy is not so tightly confined. Some commentators felt the film's depiction of the Caped Crusader 'captured the feel of the contemporary comics perfectly'. The film was, they remind us, made at a time when 'the Batman of the Golden Age comics was already essentially neutered'
Interesting side note: As of 2010, this is the only live-action feature-length Batman film in which Alfred is not played by an actor named Michael. Michael Gough played the part in Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997). 'Michael Caine' took over for Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). Ain't that neat?
The 105-minute Batman film opened at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas on Saturday, July 30, 1966, premiering between the first and second seasons of the TV series. The movie was moderately successful at the box office and had its nationwide television debut as an ABC Sunday Night Movie, at 9:00 Eastern/8:00 Central, on July 4, 1971.
The bottom freaking line here with today's film is that it is cheesy as hell and incredibly stupid and totally doesn't make ANY sense whatsoever. It is just altogether stupid.
It is also a big fat ton of fun.
Be sure and watch for the BAT SHARK REPELLENT and Batman's ve-e-e-e-e-ery long attempt to find a place to dispose of a bomb. Two of the greatest scenes in American history!"
Steve's Snacks of The Week:
Generic Orange Soda
Trident Layers Gum
Fully Loaded Baked Potato Flavored Kettle Chips
Shame Over Loving This Damm Movie
There's some movie previews and a classic Disney cartoon and a whole bunch of random madness thrown in there.
Enjoy the show, y'all!
Wind Clan out.