Because the show just wasn’t enough! But the good thing is, the film culled together all the good aspects of the campy hit show and improved on the formula. West and Ward were given just the same range as always and the villains were allowed to work off each other to keep the laughs coming.
Sure, the story ran a bit thin and the gags a little long, but hey, look what we’re talking about. If you’re a Batman fan, this is the film that changed the course of the comic from goofy fifties to just swingin’ sixties. The effect would be felt for some time in the comics, but would result, twenty years later, in groundbreaking stories and comics achievements.
Put to the big screen, this is a saturday afternoon around the house popcorn movie.