Gotham City’s four foulest fiends, the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman join forces to take down Batman and Robin once and for all.
There is a tie at the top of my favorite Batman movie between this, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, and Batman Returns. Each is a little different than the other and each is an amazingly fun time. Usually when asked I go with which ever of the three I have seen last. I love the movie bright colours and seemingly endless energy. It is a wonderful counterpoint to the endless array of perpetually angry dark Batmans we get these days. The movie knows it is silly and leans into it hard. Watching Batman race about the seedy waterfront carrying a giant bomb trying to avoid the nuns, the young mother and her child, the three piece Salvation Army Band and finally a flock of ducks is hilarious. It feels like the writers are another super villain throwing obstacles at the cape crusader. You would never see a modern Batman do this and that is why I love this more than any Batman made in twenty plus years. Adam West’s indomitable calm is balanced perfectly against the wild energy of our cast of villains. You know they were having a great time and that energy comes pouring out in ever scene. From the start this movie when Batman is attacked by the most terrifying shark in cinema history to final umbrella battle on the submarine this movie just screams energy. You can’t help but groove along Nelson Riddle’s swinging score as Batman and Robin survive scrap after scrap with the most ridiculous means of survival. At no point does it take itself seriously and for a Batman movie it is such a refreshing change that I love this movie a little more each time I watch it. It perfectly encapsulates the Batman TV show with the crazy villains, bright 60s pop art colors, explosions of fisticuffs with appropriate visual sound effects, and one of the best Batmans of them all, a definite tie with Kevin Conroy but he had the advantage of just doing the voice. We need to all remove our cowls in honor of the great porpoise who gave his life so Batman could live and triumph over evil. His sacrifice will not go unmourned.