With the instant popularity of the campy 1960’s Batman TV series, 20th Century Fox decided a big-screen adventure was in order.
The plots were still ludicrous and the dialogue even sillier, but as always, stars Adam West (pictured at right) and Burt Ward played their parts with a straight-laced sincerity that made things all the more hilarious.
The dastardly deeds begin when the arch villains of The United Underworld – Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin – combine forces to dispose of Batman and Robin as they launch their fantastic plot to control the entire world.
From his flipper-powered submarine, Penguin and his cohorts hijack a yacht containing a super dehydrator, which can extract all moisture from humans and reduce them to particles of dust.
The evil-doers turn the nine Security Council members in the United World Building into vials of multicoloured crystals.
Batman and Robin track the villains in their Batboat and use Batcharge missiles to force the sub to surface.
But first, they have to defeat a ticking time bomb, an exploding octopus and a shark with a six-foot vertical leap!
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