Monday, September 22, 2008

"Disposing a pre-atomic submarines to persons who don't even leave their full addresses... Good day, Admiral!"

I watched the first half of the 1966 film version of "BATMAN" during lunch.
There is certainly nothing dark about this "Dark Night." Leslie H. Martinson's film extension of the mid-60s television show is awash in garish color -- including the pink-and-green suit worn by THE JOKER.
The film's tone is anything but dark as well.
As an example, take the Dynamic Duo's solution to the riddles written in the sky by a missile fired by a submarine.
"What does a turkey do when he flies upside down" and "What weighs six ounces sits in a tree and is very dangerous???"
In the wacky world of this Batman film, the answers are naturally "He gobbles up" and "A sparrow with a machine gun."
Nope... this isn't the Dark Night.
Instead, as Commissioner Gordon so eloquently put it:
"Penguin, Joker, Riddler... and Catwoman, too! The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!"
Uhh.... yeah, right.


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