Over the years, we have seen many different versions and impressions of Bob Kane’s Batman and not just the one found in comic book aisles. Before Bale, Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton there was West. To some, he was not only the original Batman, but the best. And for those, there is good news.
In conjunction with the Emerald City Comicon, Seattle’s own Cinerama will be hosting a special screening of the 1966 “Batman: The Movie” on Thursday, February 28 for one night only. But it gets better. Before the actual screening, there will be a special Q and A with the man in tights himself, Adam West and Burt Ward, the former Boy Wonder! Believe it or not, this will be the duo’s first time together in Seattle.
In addition to the movie, a proclamation from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office will declare a Mayor Adam West Day in the City of Seattle, the original Batman costume will be on display and a few surprises are planned too.
“Batman: The Movie” was not only based on the ‘60’s television show, it stared the same cast as well. This was before the “Dark Knight.” This was the squeaky clean Batman with impeccable manners. It was silly but the actors played it straight and we loved them for it. Every week Batman and Robin battled Gotham’s worst criminals including The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). In this movie, the pair battle all four while saving the world. “Batman” also stars Alan Napier (Alfred the butler), Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gorden), Stafford Repp (Chief O’Hara) and Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet).
The original TV series can still be seen on some networks (including Bellingham’s METV) but the series has never been offered on VHS or DVD. This is due to a longstanding feud between 20th Century Fox (who owns the rights to the TV series) and Warner Bros. (who own the rights to the DC Comics franchise). However, Variety reported last year that the two have come to an agreement to allow new consumer products to hit store shelves with the likenesses of the original cast later this year. It is speculated that a new DVD collection could be on its way as well.
The special Seattle event starts at 8:00 p.m. with the screening starting at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Cinerama. The theatre is located at 2100 4th Ave., Seattle, 98121. For more information, visit their website or call 206.448.6680.