Batman Original 60's TV Series
Mention the word 'batman' and many people will call to mind the caped crusader of the feature films. This character has been reinvented many times, and spawned many different interpretations of his persona. The one aspect that seems to have stood the test of time, though, was the Batman 60s TV Series.
This series can often be found in syndication, and for those who perhaps missed it during its original airing, it is worth seeking out. Boxed sets are available at reasonable costs. There also may be episodes available for online viewing. This series set the precedent for future films.
The show was originally aired by ABC as an hour long story. This was divided into two segments, each thirty minutes long, which ran on consecutive nights. The first episode always ended with a cliffhanger, the second episode always opened with a recap. It ran from 1966 to 1968, featuring Adam West in the starring role and Burt Ward as his trusty sidekick, Robin.
The lead character's alter-ego is Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham City's most eligible bachelors. He lives at Wayne Manor, with his Aunt Harriet, his young ward Dick Grayson - who is also Batman's companion, Robin -- and Alfred the butler. Alfred is the only other person to know the caped cruisader's true identity.
Many other famous names were also to be found amongst the guest villains on this iconic show. Ceasar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Julie Newmar, and Eartha Kitt all made appearances as the bad guys we all loved to hate. Julie Newmar looking statuesque and very feminine in Catwoman's suit made a lasting impression on many an adolescent boy!
The Batman 60's TV series gained a reputation for more than just its cast and its story lines, though. Who can forget the onomatopoeia that burst onto our screens during the fight scenes. We found it easy to forget the staged dramatics and wobbly sets in eager anticipation of the next "pow" or "oof."
The gadgets were memorable, too. On his utility belt seemingly hanged everything he could ever need; bat rope, bat spray, even bat cookies! That utility belt spawned a lot of jokes for stand-up comics at the time, but it is amazing how many things which were fiction then are actually fact - or nearly fact - today.
And who can forget the Bat-mobile, parked in the Bat-cave? The Bat-mobile was a stylized 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura. This was a concept car, hand built, which For never put into production. It too three weeks to turn it into the now famous Bat-mobile. It would hurl out of the hidden Bat-cave -- the hideout which was strategically placed under Wayne Manor -- taking the caped crusader and his faithful companion young Robin on their crime fighting adventures.
The late 1960s were times of change, and by the end of the decade, the Batman 60's TV series was just a memory. However, its devout fans remained true. Even the movie industry couldn't let it die, for it has been resurrected in feature films on into the 21st Century. Holy movies, Batman, that's quite a reputation!
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