BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966) doesn’t get enough respect. As the acknowledgement at the top of the film points out, it is dedicated “to funlovers everywhere”; no matter how much you may love dark-n-gritty Batman, you HAVE to admit this movie is fun. The actors and writers are plainly having a blast as Batman faces off against a team of nemeses and their increasingly implausible weapons, which include an exploding shark, a one-time-use springboard and a gun that completely dehydrates people. I’m especially fond of the seriousness with which Batman and Robin “solve” the Riddler’s riddles and fail to see through Catwoman’s anti-disguise. I didn’t even get to the sheer number of times characters say “yo-ho,” the cheesily obvious green screen and B-roll footage or the iconic onomatopoeic fight scene ... there’s just too much. Suffice it to say, I really really liked revisiting this one.