In director Leslie H. Martinson’s campy action comedy based on the tongue-in-cheek 1960s TV series, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle sharks, Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) on the big screen. Can they keep the bad guys from taking over the world? With a “wham!” and a “pow!” the heroes just might pull it off — and maintain their secret identities.
Leslie “Les” H. Martinson (born January 16, 1915) is an American television and film director. He is married to television host and writer Connie Martinson.
Martinson was born to Gertrude and Lewis Martinson n Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 1915. He also had a brother named Bertram and was a newspaper journalist before accepting a long-term job as an MGM script clerk in 1936. He began directing TV western series in the early 1950s. His first feature film assignment was Republic Pictures’ 1954 film, The Atomic Kid, a Mickey Rooney matinée vehicle. Beginning with episodes of the series Conflict, Martinson became a prolific director for Warner Brothers Television.
In 1954-1955, he directed the first of Mickey Rooney’s three failed situation comedy television series entitled The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Martinson continued directing feature films and episodic television including Maverick, PT 109, Temple Houston, Batman… read more
Utterly ridiculous, but with its knowing sense of humour and sense of absurdity this turns out to be a great, unserious work that, in an era when this material is portrayed as deeply important, is almost subversive yet lovable. Particular highlights for me are the bizarre non-sequiturs that take place (including the 'porpoise' line) and Frank Gorshin's maniac and scene stealing role as The Riddler.