Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Weird Things I Say #4

"I stand by my statement."
There's a moment early in the 1966 Batman movie where Batman's giving a press conference (yes). He deflects someone's question and somebody calls him on it, and he responds with this cleverer-than-thou rejoinder. After consulting the Internet I find the full exchange is thus:
REPORTER: “A trans-Atlantic yacht approaching the city simply disappeared.”
BATMAN: “Nonsense. How could a yacht simply disappear?”
REPORTER: “You mean it isn’t true?”
BATMAN: “I stand on my answer.”
As so often with these Things I Say I find I have misremembered, but the spirit of the phrase remains: If you look at what I said, rather than what you heard, you will see that I knew exactly what I was saying. In this case Batman is not denying the disappearance of the yacht, but rather asserting that it could not have been a simple matter.

My favourite thing about the scene, though, is a disguised Catwoman asking him to remove his mask for photos, as though there was any real chance of him exposing his secret identity to the press out of, I don't know, politeness. I guess the writers thought maybe they couldn't assume the film audience would be familiar with the points of canon of this obscure TV serial, that not everyone in the fictional world knows Batman is Bruce Wayne? It is admittedly important for a lot of the events later in the film but, really, it is kind of a big part of the mythos. I mean even in the sixties. Surely?

There I go, assuming everyone has the same world knowledge as me, just like in the Wendy house.