Batman: the movie (1966)

Now that superheroes of all shapes and sizes permeate every inch of the galaxy, it’s hard to imagine a time when Geeks were Nerds and that wasn’t cool. There had been caped-crusader themed TV shows before but this one was deliberately campy. No one knew what to make of its dry humor (my personal favorite: “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”), abounding puns and fight scenes punctuated by neon titled sound effects. It nearly went the way of so many other series that were ahead of their time. But it managed to find an audience and eventually, spawned a movie featuring its most memorable characters spouting their now-iconic phrases.

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