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Movie Details


Running Time
105 min



Release Date
July 30th, 1966



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When Batman and Robin get a tip that Commodore Schmidlapp is in danger aboard his yacht, they launch a rescue mission using the Batcopter. After a tangle with an exploding shark, Batman and Robin head back to Commissioner Gordon's office where, through deduction and wisdom, they figure out that the tip was a set-up by four of the most powerful villains ever: The Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Catwoman, who have joined forces to defeat the Dynamic Duo once and for all.

Armed with a dehydrator that can turn humans into dust, a Navy surplus submarine, and their three pirate henchmen (Bluebeard, Morgan and Quetch), the "fearsome foursome" intends to take over the world, and Batman and Robin must stop them. Catwoman romantically lures Bruce Wayne into a trap, unaware that Wayne is Batman's alter-ego, and Penguin even schemes his way into the Batcave, leaving the Duo unable to prevent the kidnapping of the dehydrated United World Security Council.

After giving chase in the Batboat, the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder use a sonic charge weapon to disable Penguin's submarine and bring it to the surface, where a grand fistfight ensues. Although the powdered members of the dehydrated Council are mixed together -- which would normally spell their doom -- Batman constructs an elaborate filter to return each of them to life.

Prior to this process, Robin asks Batman if it might not be in the world's best interests, with continued problems of overt racism, especially in the U.S. during the 1960s, for them to alter the dust samples so that humans can no longer harm one another. In response, Batman says that they cannot do so and can only hope for people, in general, to learn to live together peacefully on their own.

However, in the final scene, Robin's wishes are ironically fulfilled when the Security Council is improperly re-hydrated. While all of the members are alive and well, continuing to squabble among themselves and totally oblivious of their surroundings, each of them now speaks a completely different language than their original native tongue. As the world looks on in disbelief at this development, Batman and Robin quietly climb out of the United World Headquarters to an uncertain future. Batman's final words express his sincere hope that this "mixing of minds" does more good than it does harm.


Character Actor
Batman/Bruce Wayne Adam West
Robin/Dick Grayson Burt Ward
The Joker Caesar Romero
Catwoman Lee Meriwether
Penguin Burgess Meredith
Riddler Frank Gorshin
Commissioner Gordon Neil Hamilton
Chief O'Hara Stafford Repp
Alfred Alan Napier
Commodore Schmidlapp Reginald Denny
Harriet Cooper Madge Blake
Bluebeard Gil Perkins
Morgan Dick Crockett
Quetch George Sawaya


  • First full-length theatrical production of the Batman franchise.
  • The Batman movie is a spin-off of the live-action 1966 Batman television series. Aside from featuring similar characters, it does not have anything in common with later Batman films.
  • Running time 105 minutes.
  • Theatrically released in the United States on July 30th, 1966.
  • Budget: $1,377,800.


  • No trivia.

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Characters Batman/Bruce Wayne | Robin | Nightwing | Batgirl | James Gordon | Alfred Pennyworth | Lucius Fox | Ace the Bat-Hound | Batman Family
Notable enemies The Joker | Penguin | Catwoman | Two-Face | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Ra's al Ghul | Scarecrow
Miscellaneous Batman Publication History | Gotham City | Batcave | Arkham Asylum | Wayne Manor | Batmobile | Batsuit | Batarang | Wayne Enterprises
Current comic book series Detective Comics | Batman | Batman Confidential | All Star Batman and Robin | Superman/Batman | Batman and the Outsiders
Comic storylines Year One / The Long Halloween | Killing Joke | A Death in the Family | Knightfall | Cataclysm / No Man's Land | Hush | DKR | Batman R.I.P.
Notable creators Bob Kane | Bill Finger | Neal Adams | Julius Schwartz | Dennis O'Neil | Frank Miller | Jim Lee | Greg Rucka | Paul Dini
1940s Serials The Batman (Lewis Wilson - 1943) | Batman and Robin (Robert Lowery - 1949)
Adam West Batman (TV series) | Batman (1966 film)
Modern Movies Burton/Schumacher: Batman (1989) | Batman Returns | Batman Forever | Batman & Robin
Christopher Nolan: Batman Begins | The Dark Knight
Animated The Batman/Superman Hour | The New Adventures of Batman | Batman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Batman Beyond | Justice League | Justice League Unlimited | The Batman | Mask of the Phantasm | SubZero | Mystery of the Batwoman | Return of the Joker | The Batman vs. Dracula | Batman: Gotham Knight
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