Batman: The Movie

Synopsis: The arch-villains of the United Underworld - the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and the Catwoman - combine forces to dispose of Batman and Robin as they launch their fantastic plot to control the entire world. From his submarine, Penguin and his cohorts hijack a yacht containing a dehydrator, which can extract all moisture from humans and reduce them to particles of dust. The evildoers turn the nine Security Council members in the United World Building into nine vials of multicolored crystals! Batman and Robin track the villains in their Batboat and use Batcharge missiles to force the submarine to surface.
Director(s): Leslie H. Martinson
Production: 20th Century Fox
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105 min


This yacht is bringing a

revolutionary invention to Gotham.

On a peaceful motor ride,

millionaire Bruce Wayne...

...and his ward, Dick Grayson,

have been summoned to Wayne Manor... an urgent but anonymous

call for help.

The invention and its custodian

are reported in grave danger...

...aboard the yacht.

Never ones

to shirk responsibility...

...Bruce and Dick, with

characteristic speed and resolve...

...descend promptly to the Batcave.

And then, as they have done

many times before... Batman and Robin,

courageous warriors against crime...

...they are off, once again,

to the rescue.

Batteries to power.

Turbines to speed.

Roger. Ready to move out.

Batmobile to airport, red alert.

Prepare Batcopter for takeoff.

Batmobile approaching.

Red Alert! Gotham Tower to all

aircraft in the control zone.

Enter your holding pattern.

Batcopter cleared for takeoff.

It's good to know

they're up there doing their job.

Batdrift angle:
03 to starboard.

Roger. Correcting to port.

31 7. Sink rate: 0.49.

-Drop Bat ladder.

-Bat ladder away.

Lock computer on afterdeck.

Set automatic Bathold.

Watch out. This could be tricky.

Have no fear. I'll keep all my wits

about me. So long, for a minute.

Batman to Robin,

ease off on the power!

Increase sink rate!

Roger! Wilco!

Take her up!

Holy sardine!

Hand me down

the shark-repellent Bat spray!

Enough pictures.

This must be brief.

You're lucky they'll talk.

-Mr. Merrick of The Gotham City Times.

A yacht approaching the city

is said to have disappeared.

-Nonsense. How can a yacht disappear?

-lt isn't true?

I stand on my answer.

Mr. Stanley of The Globe.

-lt was a Big Ben Distilleries yacht?

-That's right.

Isn't the proprietor,

Commodore Schmidlapp...

...bringing with him a new invention

from Big Ben's lab?

-No more questions about that ship.

-What about that shark?

Unfortunately, it chanced

to swallow a floating mine.

I wouldn't worry about that.

You there, Miss--

Comrade Kitanya lrenya Tatanya

Karenska Alisoff.

From The Moscow Bugle.

You grace us with your presence.

May I be of service?

Please, take off the mask

to give the better picture.

-Batman take off his mask?

She's mad.


Chief O'Hara, all of you.

This young lady is a stranger.

Her request is not unnatural...

...however, impossible to grant.



If we were to remove our masks,

our true identities would be revealed.

-Ruining their value as crime fighters.

-Not even we know who they are.

In fact, our own relatives don't know.

But your so curious costumes....

Don't be put off by them.

Under this we're ordinary Americans.

You're like the masked vigilantes

in the Westerns?

Batman and Robin are

deputized agents of the law!

-"Support your police" is our message.

-Well said, Robin.

And no better way to end

this conference.

-Thank you and good day.


Never mind, everybody out.

Come on, we're all busy here.

A fine job. You allayed their fears.

If l'd told the truth,

panic would grip the city.

The truth. And what is the truth?

A decoy. An anonymous warning...

...that Schmidlapp's in danger,

to lure me into a trap.

An attempt on his life.

While they were luring you

to a watery grave...

...the yacht was being hijacked?


-And who behind it?

What known super criminals

are at large now?

I'll check at once, Batman.

Let's have the latest status report

on criminals at large. Thank you.

Coming up on

the closed-circuit TV screen.

Status report. Known super

criminals not currently imprisoned.



That pompous waddling

master of foul play...

...maestro of a million

criminal umbrellas.


Clown prince of crime!

If l had a nickel

for every time he baffled us!


The Riddler too?

So it seems.

To plague us with his conundrums.

Gosh, and the Catwoman!

-End of status report.

Could be any one of them,

but which one?

Which ones?

Pretty fishy what happened to me

on that ladder.

-Where there's a fish, there's Penguin.

-Wait! lt happened at sea.

See? "C" for Catwoman!

Yet, that exploding shark

was pulling my leg.

-The Joker!

-lt all adds up to a sinister riddle.

Riddler. Riddler?

A thought strikes me.

So dreadful l scarcely dare

give it utterance.

The four of them.

Their forces combined.

-Holy nightmare!

-Batman, could it be?

I don't know.

But l think I know

where to find a clue.

Robin, to the Batcave!

We haven't one moment to lose!

Ahoy, Catwoman.

How many times have l told you?

Never use my real name in public!

You and your trained exploding shark!

How should I know they'd have a can...

...of shark-repellent Bat spray?

You sniveling sardine!

You pompous puffed-up penguin!

Friends, make peace.

Have a shake on me.

A joke a day keeps the gloom away!

Sic them, Hecate,

scratch out their eyes.

-Take away that ravenous panther!

-l'll feed him to the birds.

I'll incapacitate it

with my trick confetti!

"United Underworld."

We're about as united... the members

of the United World headquarters.

-What's the matter with you all?

-She's right.

If we don't manage to swallow

our super-criminal pride--

Right, Mr. Riddler, quite right!

We must hang together,

or we shall hang separately.

What a pity that would be on the eve

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Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Lorenzo Elliott Semple Jr. (born Lorenzo Elliott Semple III; March 27, 1923 – March 28, 2014) was an American screenwriter and sometime playwright, best known for his work on the campy television series Batman and the political/paranoia movie thrillers The Parallax View (1974) and Three Days of the Condor (1975). more…

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