Batman The Movie (1966)

The movie actually hit the theaters two months after the last episode of the TV show’s first season. This was the first full-length movie based on the DC Comics character we’ve all come to know as Batman.

The movie starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The film includes most members of the original TV cast, with the exception of Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in first two seasons; for the movie, she was replaced by Lee Meriwether.

The movie was budgeted at about 1.5 million and did close to 4 million dollars with rentals included.

The cast included:
Adam West as Bruce Wayne / Batman
Burt Ward as Dick Grayson / Robin
Lee Meriwether as The Catwoman
Cesar Romero as The Joker
Burgess Meredith as The Penguin
Frank Gorshin as The Riddler
Alan Napier as Alfred
Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp as Chief O’Hara
Madge Blake as Aunt Harriet
Reginald Denny as Commodore Schmidlapp
Milton Frome as Vice Admiral Fangschleister
Gil Perkins as Bluebeard
Dick Crockett as Morgan
George Sawaya as Quetch
Van Williams (uncredited voice) as President Lyndon B. Johnson

Julie Newmar played Catwoman in two episodes of season one in the TV series, she had other commitments at that time so she was replaced by Lee Meriwether in the movie. According to the Biography special Catwoman: Her Many Lives in 2004, Newmar was unable to reprise her role because of a back injury. Catwoman was nonetheless played by Newmar once again in the following eleven episodes of season two of the series; Eartha Kitt would then play Catwoman in three episodes of season three.

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