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Encyclopedia > Batman (TV series)
Batman

Title card for the Batman television series
Genre action, comedy
Created by Bob Kane (characters)
William Dozier (series)
Starring Adam West
Burt Ward
Alan Napier
Neil Hamilton
Stafford Repp
Madge Blake
and Yvonne Craig (Season 3)
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Opening theme Batman Theme
Composer(s) Nelson Riddle (incidental music)
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes (with ads)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 12, 1966March 14, 1968
Chronology
Related shows Batman (spin-off)
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Batman is a 1960s American television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network for 2½ seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. Because the series had two weekly installments for most of its tenure, it contained the same number of episodes as a five-year or even a five-and-a-half-year run by today's standards (shooting 22-24 episodes per season). Image File history File links 1966_Batman_titlecard. ... Action-adventure games are video games that combine elements of the adventure game genre with various action elements. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn, October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. ... William Dozier (13 February 1908 – 23 April 1991) was a television producer and actor, most famous as the producer and narrator of the Batman television series. ... Adam West (born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928) is an American actor who is best known for playing the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne on the 1960s TV series Batman (which also had a film adaptation). ... Burt Ward (born Bert John Gervis, Jr. ... Alan Napier as Alfred Pennyworth from Batman. ... Neil Hamilton (9 September 1899–24 September 1984) was an American actor famous for his role as Commissioner Gordon on the Batman TV series of the 1960s. ... Stafford Alois Repp (26 April 1918 - 5 November 1974) was a character actor best known for his role as Chief OHara on the Batman TV series. ... Madge Blake (born 31 May 1899 in Kinsley, Kansas; died 19 February 1969 in Pasadena, California) was an American character actress most famous for her role as Aunt Harriet Cooper on the Batman TV series of the 1960s. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Neal Hefti (born October 29, 1922 in Hastings, Nebraska) is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, tune writer, and arranger. ... Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1966 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1968 in television involved some significant events. ... For the 1989 version starring Michael Keaton, see Batman (1989 film). ... Media spin-off is the process of deriving new radio or television programs from existing ones (see list of television spin-offs). ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... The Batman is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1966 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1968 in television involved some significant events. ...

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Genesis of the series

In the early 1960s, Ed Graham Productions optioned the TV rights to the comic strip Batman, and planned a straightforward juvenile adventure show, much like Adventures of Superman and The Lone Ranger, for CBS on Saturday mornings. Mike Henry, who would later go on to star in the Tarzan franchise, and is best known for his portrayal of Jackie Gleason's not-too-bright son Buford T. Justice, Jr. in the Smokey and the Bandit movies, was set to star as Batman. This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... This article is about the television series. ... The Lone Ranger. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Mike Henry as Tarzan With the Los Angeles Rams Mike Henry (b. ... For other uses, see Tarzan (disambiguation). ... Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr. ... Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 movie starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. ...


Reportedly, DC Comics commissioned publicity photos of Henry in a Batman costume. Around this same time, the Playboy Club in Chicago was screening the Batman serials (1943's Batman and 1949's Batman and Robin) on Saturday nights. It became very popular, as the hip partygoers would cheer and applaud the Dynamic Duo, and boo and hiss at the villains. East coast ABC executive Yale Udoff, a Batman fan in childhood, attended one of these parties at the Playboy Club and was impressed with the reaction the serials were getting. He contacted West Coast ABC executives Harve Bennett and Edgar Scherick, who were already considering developing a TV series based on a comic strip action hero, to suggest a prime time Batman series in the hip and fun style of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Batman was a 15-chapter serial released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures. ... Batman and Robin was a 15-chapter serial released in 1949 by Columbia Pictures. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Harve Bennett (born August 17, 1930) is an American television and film producer and scriptwriter, perhaps best known for being the producer on the second through to fifth Star Trek films. ... Edgar J. Scherick (October 24, 1924 – December 2, 2002) was a prolific televison and film producer. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. ...


When negotiations between CBS and Graham stalled, DC quickly reeled the rights back in and made the deal with ABC. ABC farmed the rights out to 20th Century Fox to produce the series. Fox, in turn, handed the project to William Dozier and his Greenway Productions. Whereas ABC and Fox were expecting a hip and fun, yet still serious, adventure show, Dozier, who loathed comic books, concluded the only way to make the show work was to do it as a pop art camp comedy. Originally, mystery novelist Eric Ambler was to write the motion picture that would launch the TV series, but he dropped out after learning of Dozier's camp comedy approach. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... William Dozier (13 February 1908 – 23 April 1991) was a television producer and actor, most famous as the producer and narrator of the Batman television series. ... Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? (1956) is one of the earliest works to be considered pop art. ... Campy redirects here. ... Eric Clifford Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer of spy novels who introduced a new realism to the genre. ...


By the time ABC pushed up the debut date to January 1966, thus foregoing the movie until the summer hiatus, Lorenzo Semple Jr. had signed on as head script writer. He wrote the pilot script, and generally kept his scripts more on the side of pop art adventure. Stanley Ralph Ross, Stanford Sherman, and Charles Hoffman were script writers who generally leaned more toward camp comedy, and in Ross' case, sometimes outright slapstick and satire. Instead of producing a one-hour show, Dozier and Semple decided to have the show air twice a week in half-hour installments with a cliffhanger connecting the two episodes, echoing the old movie serials. Initially, Dozier wanted Ty Hardin to play Batman, but he was unavailable, filming Westerns in Europe. Eventually, two sets of screen tests were filmed, one with Adam West and Burt Ward, the other with Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell, with West and Ward winning the roles. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Lorenzo Semple Jr. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Stanley Ralph Ross (July 22, 1937, New York City – March 16, 2000) started his career in advertising, however soon went to work as a writer and actor on various television shows, most notably cult-classics such as the 1960s Batman series starring Adam West and also The Monkees. ... Charles Hoffman (September 28, 1911 - April 8, 1972) was a film and television writer and film producer. ... Ty Hardin in Cheyenne Ty Hardin Ty Hardin was born in New York City on January 1, 1930. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... Adam West (born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928) is an American actor who is best known for playing the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne on the 1960s TV series Batman (which also had a film adaptation). ... Burt Ward (born Bert John Gervis, Jr. ... Lyle Waggoner (born April 13, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas) is a tall (64 (1. ...


Plot summary

Main article: Batman (TV): Guest appearances and episodes

The typical formula story began with the villain (typically one of a short list of recurring villains) committing a crime, such as robbing a bank. This was followed by a scene inside Police Commissioner Gordon's office where he and Chief O'Hara would deduce exactly which villain they were dealing with. Gordon would press a button on the Batphone, signaling a cut to Wayne Manor where Alfred, the butler, would answer the manor's Batphone, a bright red telephone that beeped loudly instead of ringing on the desk in Bruce Wayne's study. Alfred would then interrupt Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson - usually they would be found talking with Aunt Harriet, who didn't know of their dual life - with a pretext to draw them away to answer the Batphone. Upon hearing of his enemy's schemes, Bruce would push a button concealed within a bust of Shakespeare that stood on his desk, opening a hidden door in a bookcase and revealing two poles. Wayne says to Grayson "To the Batpoles", then they would slide down, flicking a switch on their way down. This was usually where the animated title sequence would occur. Shakespeare redirects here. ... This example of a title sequence, from long-running serial drama Another World, was seen from 1966 to 1981, making it one of the longest-running continuous title sequences on television. ...


They would arrive in the Batcave in full costume and jump into the Batmobile, Batman in the driver's seat. Robin would say "Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed" and Batman would respond "Roger, ready to move out" and the two would race off out of the cave at high speed. As the Batmobile approached the mouth of the cave, a hinged barrier dropped down to allow the car to exit on to the road. Scenes from the Dynamic Duo sliding down the batpoles in the Batcave, to the arrival of Commissioner Gordon's building via the Batmobile (while the episode credits are shown), are recycled footage that is used in nearly all part 1 and single episodes. The Batcave. ... The Tumbler Batmobile as seen in Batman Begins. ... The general meaning of atomic is irreducible. That is, reduced to the smallest possible part. ... For other uses, see Battery. ... A Siemens steam turbine with the case opened. ...


After arriving at Commissioner Gordon's office, the initial discussion of the crime usually led to the Dynamic Duo (Batman and Robin) conducting their investigation alone. In the investigation, a meeting with the villain would usually ensue with the heroes getting involved in a fight and the villain getting away, only to come back and fight again later in the show. Here, the villain would capture one or both of the heroes and place them in a deathtrap with a cliffhanger ending which was usually resolved in the first few minutes of the next episode. A deathtrap is a literary and dramatic plot device in which a villain, who has captured the hero or another sympathetic character, attempts to use an elaborate and usually sadistic method of murdering him/her. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ...


The same pattern was repeated in the following episode until the villain was defeated.


Season 1

In Season 1, the dynamic duo, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward), are the super crime fighting heroes to fight those villains of Gotham City, NJ. It begins with 2-part episodes, "Hi Diddle Riddle" and "Smack in the Middle". Adam West (born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928) is an American actor who is best known for playing the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne on the 1960s TV series Batman (which also had a film adaptation). ... Burt Ward (born Bert John Gervis, Jr. ...


Season 2

In Season 2, the show suffered from repetition of its characters and formula. This, combined with Lorenzo Semple Jr. contributing fewer scripts and having less of an influence on the series, caused viewers to tire of the show and for critics to complain, "If you've seen one episode of Batman, you've seen them all".


Season 3

By Season 3, ratings were falling and the future of the series seemed uncertain. A promotional short featuring Yvonne Craig as Batgirl and Tim Herbert as Killer Moth was produced. The short was convincing enough to pick up Batman for another season, and introduced Batgirl as a regular on the show in an attempt to attract more female viewers. Batgirl's alter ego was Barbara Gordon, a mild-mannered librarian at the Gotham Library and Commissioner Gordon's daughter.[1] The show was reduced to once a week, with mostly self-contained episodes, although the next week's villain would be in a tag at the end of the episode, similar to a soap opera. As such, the narrator's cliffhanger phrases were eliminated, but most episodes would end with him saying something to the extent of "Watch the next episode!" When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... Killer Moth is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ...


Aunt Harriet was reduced to just two cameo appearances during the third season, due to Madge Blake being in poor health. (Aunt Harriet was also mentioned in another episode, but was not seen; her absence was explained by her being in shock upstairs.) The nature of the scripts and acting started to enter into the realm of the surreal, specifically with the backgrounds, which became two-dimensional cut-outs against a stark black stage. Madge Blake (born 31 May 1899 in Kinsley, Kansas; died 19 February 1969 in Pasadena, California) was an American character actress most famous for her role as Aunt Harriet Cooper on the Batman TV series of the 1960s. ... Max Ernst. ...


Cancellation

At the end of the third season, ABC planned cuts to the budget by eliminating Chief O'Hara and Robin, while making Batgirl Batman's full time partner. Both Dozier and West opposed this idea, and ABC cancelled the show a short time later. Weeks later, NBC offered to pick the show up for a fourth season and even restore it to its twice a week format, if the sets were still available for use. However, NBC's offer came too late: Fox had already demolished the sets a week before. NBC didn't want to pay the $800,000 to rebuild, so the offer was withdrawn. Batman was replaced on ABC by the sitcom The Second Hundred Years. Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... This article is about the television network. ... The Second Hundred Years was a 1967-68 sitcom starring Monte Markham which was aired on the ABC television network. ...


1970s reunions

In 1972, Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig reunited as Robin and Batgirl, with Dick Gautier stepping in as Batman (Adam West was, at the time, trying to distance himself from the Batman role) for a Women's Liberation Equal Pay public service announcement. In 1977, Adam West and Burt Ward returned to the Batman universe in animated form. West and Ward lent their voices to Batman and Robin respectively, on the Filmation-produced animated series, The New Adventures of Batman. West would once again reprise his role as Batman in animated form when he succeeded Olan Soule in the final two seasons of Super Friends. In 1979, West, Ward, and Frank Gorshin reunited on NBC for Hanna-Barbera's two Legends of the Superheroes TV specials. See also: 1971 in television, other events of 1972, 1973 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1972-73 American network television schedule. ... Richard Dick Gautier (born October 30, 1931 in Los Angeles, California) is an actor, comedian, composer, singer and author, best known for his portrayal of Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... The first Filmation logo. ... The New Adventures of Batman is an animated series produced by Filmation in 1977 featuring the DC Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and occasionally Batgirl. ... Olan Soule, born February 29, 1909, was a voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Super Friends cartoons of the 1960s before giving the role over to former TV Batman Adam West. ... This article is about the Hanna-Barbera television series. ... See also: 1978 in television, other events of 1979, 1980 in television, and the list of years in television. For the United States network television schedule, please see 1979-80 United States network television schedule. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Barbara Joyce as the Huntress from Legends of the Superheroes. ...


Theme music

Main article: Batman Theme

Popularity

Many sports, music, and media personalities, and a number of Hollywood actors, looked forward to and enjoyed their appearances as villains on the Batman show. They were generally allowed to overact and enjoy themselves on a high-rated TV series, guaranteeing them considerable exposure (and thus boosting their careers). The most popular villains on the show included Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, Julie Newmar as Catwoman, and Victor Buono as King Tut. Other famous names from the "rogues gallery" in the comic book series made appearances on the show (notably The Mad Hatter), and some were taken from other superheroes, such as The Archer and The Puzzler (Superman villains) and The Clock King (a Green Arrow villain). Many other villains were created especially for the TV show, and never did appear in the comic books (e.g., The Siren, Chandelle, Bookworm, King Tut, Lord Ffogg, Dr. Cassandra, and Louie the Lilac), while some were hybrids. The comics' Mr. Zero was renamed Mr. Freeze (a name change that was copied in the comics with lasting effect), and the comics' Brainy Barrows was reworked as Egghead. Other celebrities often appeared in scenes where the Dynamic Duo were scaling a building wall and the celebrity would suddenly open a window and have a short conversation with the superheroes. ... Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. ... The Joker is a fictional character that appears in the comic books published by DC Comics. ... Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907[1] – September 9, 1997) was a versatile two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot), is a DC Comics supervillain and is an enemy of Batman. ... Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, from the Batman TV series. ... The Riddler (Edward Nashton, alias Edward Nigma or sometimes Nygma) is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman, and more recently a partial ally to Batman. ... Julie Newmar (born Julie Chalene Newmeyer on August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... This article is about the comic book character. ... Victor Buono Victor Buono (February 3, 1938 - January 1, 1982) was an American actor. ... King Tut was a villain created for the 1960s television series Batman. ... The Mad Hatter is a fictional character in the Batman comics, published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... The Puzzler is a fictional supervillain from the DC comics universe. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Clock King is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... This article is about the first Green Arrow, Oliver Queen. ... King Tut was a villain created for the 1960s television series Batman. ... Mr. ... Vincent Price as Egghead Egghead was a villain created for the campy 1960s Batman television series. ...


Adam West enjoys the story that he was part of two of the three Big B's of the 1960s: Batman, The Beatles and Bond. West says he was actually invited to play Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service based on his popularity as Batman, but declined the role as he felt it should be played by a British actor (ironically, the role went to an Australian, George Lazenby). The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the spy series. ... For the Ian Fleming novel, see On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... George Robert Lazenby (born September 5, 1939) is an Australian actor best known for portraying James Bond only once in the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majestys Secret Service. ...


The popularity of the TV show did not translate well to the silver screen, however. A movie version of the TV show was released to theaters (see Batman (1966 film)), but it did not become a large box office hit, even though creatively the movie was generally regarded to be just as good as the first season episodes, and superior to most of the second and third season episodes.[citation needed] The movie continued to be profitably re-released to theaters, TV, and video for decades. Originally, the movie had been created to help sell the TV series abroad, but the success of the series in America sold itself, and the movie was brought out after season one had already been aired. In fact, the movie's budget allowed for producers to build the Batboat and Batcopter, which were used in the second and third seasons of the TV show. For the 1989 version starring Michael Keaton, see Batman (1989 film). ... The Batboat from Batman: The Movie[1]. The Batboat is the fictional personal boat of comic book superhero Batman. ... The Batcopter from Batman: The Movie. ...


The live-action TV show was extraordinarily popular. At the height of its popularity, it was the only prime time TV show other than Peyton Place to be broadcast twice in one week as part of its regular schedule, airing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Episodes of the show were often filmed as two-part cliffhangers, with each storyline beginning on Wednesday and ending on the Thursday night episode. At the very end of the Thursday night segment, a little tag featuring the next week's villain would be shown, e.g.: "Next week -- Batman jousts with The Joker again!" (this started the third week of the series' run and continued until the end of season two). The first episode of a storyline would typically end with Batman and Robin being trapped in a ridiculous deathtrap, while the narrator (Dozier) would tell viewers to watch the next night with the repeated phrase: "Tune in tomorrow — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!" Even now, many years after the show ceased production, this catch-phrase is still a long-running punchline in popular culture. In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... The opening title of Peyton Place during the color years. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ... A deathtrap is a literary and dramatic plot device in which a villain, who has captured the hero or another sympathetic character, attempts to use an elaborate and usually sadistic method of murdering him/her. ...

The Batman-influenced Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys the team wore in 1967.
The Batman-influenced Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys the team wore in 1967.

Batman would even have influence in the sports world. During the height of the show's popularity, the Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled new uniforms influenced by Adam West's Batman outfits. The uniforms were introduced for the 1967 NFL season, and had gold triangle-like diamonds on the shoulders of both the black home jerseys and white away jerseys. However, the jerseys turned out to be very unpopular and, coupled with a last-place season that year, were discarded the following season in favor of the team's current-style uniforms. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 665 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Steelers infamous Batman uniforms from the 1967 season. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 665 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Steelers infamous Batman uniforms from the 1967 season. ... Steelers redirects here. ... Steelers redirects here. ... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ...


The show even contributed to the careers of two real-life New York City policemen, David Greenberg and Robert Hantz. This pair had a remarkable career as police officers, so much so that they were given street nicknames of "Batman and Robin". Their careers were fictionalized in the 1974 movie The Super Cops. See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... The Super Cops is a 1974 film starring Ron Leibman and David Selby. ...


Lasting impact

The series' stars, Adam West and Burt Ward, were typecast for decades afterwards, with West especially finding himself unable to escape the reputation the series gave him as a hammy, campy actor. However, years after the series' impact faded, West found fame and respect among comic book and animation fans, who appreciated his work on the TV series. One of the more popular episodes of Batman: The Animated Series paid tribute to West with an episode titled "The Grey Ghost". In this episode, West played the role of an aging star of a superhero TV series Bruce Wayne had watched as a child, and would be inspired by as a crimefighter, who found new popularity with the next generation of fans. He would also play Gotham City's Mayor Grange as a somewhat recurring role in The Batman. In addition, the most frequent visual influence is that later Batmobiles usually have a rear rocket thruster that usually fires as the car makes a fast start. Adam West (born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928) is an American actor who is best known for playing the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne on the 1960s TV series Batman (which also had a film adaptation). ... Burt Ward (born Bert John Gervis, Jr. ... Typecasting is the process by which an actor is strongly identified with a specific character, one or more particular roles, or characters with the same traits or ethnic grouping. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... The Batman is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... The Tumbler Batmobile as seen in Batman Begins. ...


In 2003, West and Ward reunited for a tongue-in-cheek telefilm titled Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt which combined dramatized recreations of the filming of the original series (with younger actors standing in for the stars), with modern day footage of West and Ward searching for a stolen Batmobile. The film included cameo appearances by Newmar and Gorshin, as well as Lee Meriwether who had played Catwoman in the 1966 film and Lyle Waggoner, who had been an early candidate for the role of Batman. Yvonne Craig did not appear in the movie because she reportedly disliked the script. The movie received high ratings and was released on DVD May 2005. The year 2003 in television involved some significant events. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935 in Los Angeles, California) is Miss America 1955, and an American actress, appearing in movies, soap operas, game shows and television. ... Lyle Waggoner (born April 13, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas) is a tall (64 (1. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Wikimedia Commons has media related to: May 2005 Deaths in May May 26: Eddie Albert May 25: Ismail Merchant May 25: Sunil Dutt May 25: Graham Kennedy May 22: Thurl Ravenscroft May 21: Howard Morris May 21...


A line spoken by Robin (Chris O'Donnell) in Batman Forever is a straight homage to the TV Robin's catch-phrase. During the movie he says, "Holey rusted metal, Batman," (referring to the island's land-scape which is made from rusted metal and has holes in it) which sounds intentionally similar to lines spoken by Robin beginning with the word "Holy" and ending with "Batman". Christopher Chris Eugene ODonnell (born June 26, 1970) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor, perhaps best known for playing Robin in the Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ...


VHS & DVD (non-) release

Despite considerable popular demand[2], no official home entertainment release (VHS, laserdisc or DVD) of the series has occurred to date in North America, with the situation seemingly unlikely to be resolved in the near future. This article is about the video format. ... Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Conflicting reports of the reasons behind the non-release of the series point to a number of different factors, some, none or all of which may indeed play a part. These include:

  • Disagreement between DC Comics (who own the Batman character. DC's sister/parent company Warner Bros., which took over DC in 1976 could also be involved) and 20th Century Fox (who own the program itself). Gord Lacey's influential TV/DVD website TVShowsonDVD.com is often quoted in support of this much-discussed theory, after a story the website ran in December, 2005.[3]
    • Commentators have suggested that DC Comics itself is not involved, and that Warner and Fox are reluctant to work with each other. This was denied by a Warner spokesperson in 2005 during their semi-regular "Home Theatre Forum" chat, where it was stated that the issues were between Fox and DC alone, with Warner playing no part in negotiations.[4]
    • The argument has been made that DC does not wish to distort the current image of the Dark Knight by having the overtly-campy 1960s series competing head-to-head with more modern takes, such as the Burton's Batman film and its sequels or Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. DC may indeed be distancing itself from the 60s series. A solicited cover by Mike Allred for issue #7 of Solo—a 2005 DC Comics series—featured Batman doing the Batusi. The cover, based on Adam West and a memorably campy episode of the TV series, was replaced by the time of Solo #7's released. Allred explains that the cover was pulled by "higher ups" for reasons largely unknown.[5] Speculation over the reasons first intimated that potential infringement of rights were the issue, but this was soon replaced with suggestions that it's "campy" nature was the real factor in its removal. At the time of the issue's release, DVDs of Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, and Batman Begins were also being promoted, and and DC's chief editor Dan Didio reportedly does not like camp.[6]
  • Greenway/ABC/Fox rights issues. The Batman series was conceived as an equal partnership between William Dozier's Greenway Productions and Fox in 1964, before Fox entered into a separate agreement with ABC to produce the series in 1965. With three companies involved almost from the outset, there is some speculation that these rights are tangled even before the DC Comics character-ownership rights are to be considered. Moreover:
    • Another Greenway Productions series, The Green Hornet is similrly absent from DVD release, (although, like Batman, the rights to theatrical features based upon the show were different, and these have been released, as has Batman: The Movie.) leading to speculation that Greenway could be the common factor, and hence in some fashion be the stumbling block.
    • In 2006, Deborah Dozier Potter, "the successor-in-interest to Greenway Productions" sued Fox for allegedly withholding monies under the Fox/ABC agreement.[7][8] Dozier Potter further claimed that this came to her attention when, in March 2005: "she considered releasing the series on DVD," implying that (from her perspective at least) Greenway/Dozier Potter has some say in the matter of potentional DVD release of the series. (The case was resolved/dismissed in November, 2007, as noted at the "1966 Batman Message Board".[9])
  • Other complications/rights issues:
    • Christopher D Heer, writing at the "1966 Batman Message Board", clarified a quote by moderator Lee Kirkham, noting that there will likely be the need for complicated deals regarding cameos, since "..at least some of the cameos were done as uncredited, unpaid walk-ons -- which means that Fox does NOT have home video clearances for them. Either those scenes would have to be cut or an agreement reached with the actors."[10]
    • Kirkham's initial quote also noted that, alongside music clearance issues, there could also be problems over some of the costumes, and the original Batmobile:
"It may surprise you, but then there are also rights issues concerning the design of the unique Batmobile design used in the show, and possible a separate issue regarding some of the costumes as well!"[11]

The series, under the Fox/ABC deal, is however still in syndication, and regularly shown on a number of channels around the world. Thus far, though, only the 1966 feature film is available on DVD for non-broadcast viewing in North America. This also affected the 2003 television movie reunion Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, which was only able to make use of footage from the 1966 movie. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and often dark gothic atmosphere in his high-profile films. ... For the album based on the film, see Batman (album). ... Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated film director, writer and producer. ... For the video game based on the film, see Batman Begins (video game). ... The Dark Knight is a 2008 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. ... Cover to the Madman Adventures collected edition Mike Allred is an American comic book artist and writer. ... Batman prepares to do the Batusi Batusi was a 1960s style go-go dance invented and performed by Batman. ... For the album based on the film, see Batman (album). ... For the video game based on the film, see Batman Returns (video game). ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... For the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... For the video game based on the film, see Batman Begins (video game). ... Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ... William Dozier (13 February 1908 – 23 April 1991) was a television producer and actor, most famous as the producer and narrator of the Batman television series. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Directed by Leslie H. Martinson, the 1966 film Batman: The Movie was based on the Batman comics and the contemporary TV series, and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. ... The Tumbler Batmobile as seen in Batman Begins. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

  • Not counting six of the Penguin's henchmen who disintegrate or get blown up in the associated Batman theatrical movie, only five criminal characters die during the series: the Riddler's moll Molly (played by Jill St. John in Episode 2), a fake "Commissioner Gordon" who gets shot by the "Bookworm," and two out-of-town gunmen who shot at the Dynamic Duo toward the end of the "Zelda the Great" episode, but ended up killing each other instead. In "Instant Freeze" Mr Freeze freezes someone solid and knocks them over causing them to smash to pieces.
  • Lesley Gore, who plays "Pussycat" (one of Catwoman's henchwomen), was a popular singer of the day with hits such as "It's My Party". On the January 19, 1967 episode, she sang her top 20 hit "California Nights". Gore was also the niece of Howie Horwitz, one of the show's producers.
  • Only two of the series guest villains ever discovered Batman's true identity: Egghead by deductive reasoning, and King Tut on two occasions (once with a bug on the Batmobile and once by accidentally mining into the Batcave). Egghead was tricked into disbelieving his discovery, and Tut's recurring amnesia made him forget both times.
  • Of the big four criminals (Riddler, Joker, Penguin, and Catwoman), only Riddler never entered the Batcave. However in the movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, Riddler finally entered the Batcave.

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Cast

Regular cast

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Several cast members recorded records tied in to the series. Adam West released a single titled "Miranda", a country-tinged pop song that he actually performed in costume during live appearances in the 1960s. Frank Gorshin released a song titled "The Riddler" which was composed and arranged by Mel Tormé. The track captures Gorshin's insane portrayal perfectly. Burgess Meredith recorded a spoken word single called "The Escape" backed with "The Capture", which was The Penguin narrating his recent crime spree to a jazz beat. Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, is best known as one of the great male jazz singers. ...


Guest appearances

Main article: Batman (TV): Guest appearances and episodes

Parodies

Parodies in the series

  • The television show was famous for parodying names of many famous celebrities of the day. Among the most notable were newscasters Walter Cronkite (known as "Walter Klondike" on Batman), and Chet Huntley (he's known as "Chet Chumley" on the show). Steve Allen played himself on the show, and was known as "Allen Stevens". J. Pauline Spaghetti (a woman who is almost tricked into giving up her fortune to the notorious European criminal "Sandman" - played by Michael Rennie) is a parody on J. Paul Getty owner of the Getty Oil Company and one of the richest men of the 1960s.
  • Commissioner Gordon would occasionally speak on the phone to the state's governor, Governor Stonefellow. This is a parody on Nelson Rockefeller, who served as governor of New York from 1959 to 1973.
  • Catwoman is known to have an additional hideout, "Cat-Lair West", across the river from Gotham City in "New Guernsey" a parody on New Jersey (Guernsey and Jersey are both islands in the English Channel).
  • In the Dr. Cassandra episode, the evil alchemist steals the Mope diamond (a parody on the famous Hope Diamond) from Spiffany's jewellers. Spiffany's is a parody on Tiffany & Co.
  • One of Gotham College's basketball rivals is "Disko Tech" (a homophone of discotheque).
  • The three-part Londinium episode during Batman's final season ("The Londinium Larcenies", "The Foggiest Notion", and "The Bloody Tower") was the series tribute to the Swinging London period of the 1960s. At the time of the show, everything British was "hot" in North America. Many aspects of London were parodied during the three episodes. The city's name is changed to Londinium, which was the British capital's name during Roman times. Scotland Yard becomes "Ireland Yard" in the series. Carnaby Street becomes "Barnaby Street". Fleet Street, the city's press district, is changed to "Bleet Street".
  • Alan Hale Jr., who is famous for portraying Skipper on Gilligan's Island, appears as Gilligan, the owner/cook of a diner in "An Egg Grows in Gotham"/"The Yegg Foes in Gotham".

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References

  1. ^ Television Obscurities. "Batgirl Promotional Short", June 11, 2003. (accessed March 24, 2007)
  2. ^ The programme is perpetually highly ranked as a "Most Requested" unreleased showat TVShowsonDVD.com. Currently (April 2008) it is, and has been for some time, second only to The Wonder Years.
  3. ^ :"Fox (who owns the footage) and DC Comics (owner of the characters, and sister company of Warner Bros.) are still deep in the process of sorting out the legalities and licensing situations for this release. There may be other licenses involved as well, such as music and so forth." "Batman - 1966 Batman Series Still Not Coming To DVD Yet," by David Lambert, December 5, 2005. Accessed April 5, 2008
  4. ^ Warner Home Video representatives stated:
    "..we have no rights to 60s BATMAN... The BATMAN TV issue is between DC Comics and Fox. It doesn't involve Warner home video." Chat Transcript: Warner Home Video on HTF, March 29, 2005. Accessed April 5, 2008
  5. ^ [http://www.comicscommunity.com/boards/allred/?read=13373 Mike Allred "Re: Did DC make Mike change his 'Solo' cover? YES! Now the truth can be told.", October 25, 2005
  6. ^ ComicBookDb.com: Solo #7. Accessed April 5, 2008
  7. ^ "Batman - New Lawsuit - Will We Ever See Batman on DVD?" by Gord Lacey, August 19, 2006. Accessed April 5, 2008
  8. ^ "Fox Hit With Claim for Net Profits on 'Batman' Series", by Leslie Simmons, August 18 2006. Accessed April 5, 2008
  9. ^ :"the lawsuit filed by Debra Dozier Potter was dismissed with prejudice on 11/26/07. Furthermore an notice of unconditional settlement was filed by the Plaintff on 11/19/07. For those who care to look the case is DEBORAH DOZIER POTTER VS TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION Case No BC357067.", posted by ls1ss, January 21, 2008. Accessed April 5, 2008
  10. ^ "Re: Blog talks about Batman DVD ownership woes" Reply #42, January 25, 2008. Accessed April 5, 2008
  11. ^ [http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/Dvd-Guy/Ianalb-Nonbionic-Legal/800023953 "A Few Non-Bionic Legal Issues Plaguing TV-DVD", by David Lambert, October 7, 2007

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