Continuing my reignited fascination with Batman, I was burning through movies based on the character thanks to DVD, Blu-ray and Netflix back in December and January. So here I’ll toss out my thoughts on the original movie franchise, the Nolan movies and a few animated movies. I know there’s tons of animated Batman movies now but I’m only discussing the earliest ones that I recently re-watched.
The other week I discussed the live-action Superman movies. So be sure to check that out!
Batman: The Movie
1966, 20th Century Fox
I grew up watching the ’60s Batman TV show on The Family Channel every afternoon. I was obsessed with it and this was then Bat-mania was sweeping the nation thanks to 1989’s Batman movie. When I realized the TV show had spun off it’s own movie, I nearly went insane.
I thought it was a great idea to bring together the four biggest villains (Catwoman, Joker, Penguin and Riddler) to take on Batman & Robin. This movie is a super-sized version of the TV show, but I mean that in a good way because I LOVE the TV show. It was great to see the villains teaming up and interacting. I don’t think that was ever done on the TV show.
Since I’m in the mood to talk old time radio, let’s move on to what some of my favorite shows are. I was mostly a fan of comedies (and don’t kid yourself, OTR was a great era for comedy) but I strayed into action/adventure and mystery shows now and again.
This will be a short running feature on my blog because my list isn’t too long (Any bets on how long it will take me to finish this series?) so let’s start things off with the first show I ever heard…
The Adventures of Superman
One of the first shows to hook me on OTR, thanks to picking up a cassette at Cracker Barrel. The show was done initially in a 15 minute serial format (with stories running for as long as a month or two) and then switched over to 30 minutes in its final days. The show ran two, three or five days a week during its run.
I had a lot of love for this show just because it was Superman, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t initially a bit disappointed that Superman didn’t really make many appearances. There’s not a lot of action in this show, it was really built around Clark Kent as more of a mystery/adventure show (as ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was). While it still doesn’t make much sense to me to have a TELEVISION show where Superman isn’t in action all that much, having grown older & wiser, I can totally see how an investigative reporter radio show works a lot better than an indestructible superhero radio show.