To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

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2024-06-20

  Schedule Note

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2024-06-06

  “The Adventures of Batman” (1968): A (relatively) objective look

Six months after Batman’s final broadcast on ABC, CBS premiered The Adventures of Batman, the character’s first animated show, produced by Filmation. While the look of the show is totally divorced from the Adam West version, relying mainly on the comi...
2024-05-09

  #217 A well-planned bat-reunion: The Wil Shriner Show, 1988

There have been many Batman cast reunions on talk shows over the years, particularly as the 1989 Batman movie’s release approached. Previously we talked about the 1988 reunion on The Late Show with Ross Shafer, an overbooked, poorly stage-managed affa...
2024-04-11

  Putting a Finger on the "Clock King" script

The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes/The Clock King Gets Crowned is the one Batman ’66 arc written by Bill Finger, now credited as a co-creator of the character, and Charles Sinclair. Unsurprisingly, the first draft of the script reveals a writer not well ve...
2024-03-14

  Women in Season 3, pt. 1: Villains (and heroes!) approach gender parity

One of the most striking things — in a good way, for once! — about Batman’s third season is the number of villains who are women. Also, of course, this is the season of Batgirl, who is more aggressively “feminized” than any other woman on the show, pe...
2024-02-15

  “Mr. Terrific”: A tough pill to swallow? Pt 2

Mr. Terrific was cancelled after half a season, but… was it really a terrible show? Is star Stephen Strimpell partly to blame? This time, we push back on Thirteen Week Theatre’s take on Strimpell, consider why pill popping was such a common way to get...
2024-02-01

  “Mr. Terrific”: A tough pill to swallow? Pt 1

This time we look at the other sitcom that tried to cash in on Batman, CBS’s Mr. Terrific. It’s goofier than Captain Nice and not as funny (although the laugh track clearly doesn’t think that!), but with a surprisingly good cast. We discuss the unaire...
2024-01-04

  That’s no bat, boy, that’s Captain Nice!

When Batman hit in early 1966, it set a trend of superheroes in pop culture that many rushed to emulate. By the time many of these bat-mimics were ready for public consumption, the trend was on its way out. One such wave-rider was Captain Nice, create...
2023-12-07

  #211 Holy overbooking! The Late Show’s Batman reunion

On April 28, 1988, the then-fledgling Fox Network’s The Late Show with Ross Shafer hosted a Batman reunion. However, due to poor time management and a second-rate host, among other problems, the reunion can be a bit of a tough watch - especially they ...
2023-11-23

  The Sandman Cometh Alone (part 2)

We conclude our look at Ellis St. Joseph’s original Sandman script with the sleepwalker-filled second part of the arc, originally titled “A Stitch in Time.” We discuss our impressions of the script, the episode we got instead, and which one we might h...