Is Adam West woefully underrated?
I've been rewatching Batman and Robin from the 1960s, which also had a movie tie in on television. For those who haven't seen it, the show is generally regarded as camp.
I've been blown away by the overall quality though. It ages very well. The humor is much more ahead of its time than it gets credit for. It's satirical, a straight man comedy that pokes fun at a bunch of high society folks losing their stuff over stolen jewels and silly non threatening villains.
On top of this it's a fairly good interpretation of the 1950s comics and the villains are all so spot on.
If Nolan could've used a time machine to cast Ceasar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin and, of course, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler I'm sure we all would've taken it. They simply nailed their roles. I even think Julia Newmar pretty much was their TDKR template for Catwoman.
It seems like the show and movie catch a lot of unwarranted slack.