Batman ’66

  • Title: Batman – The Purr-Fect Crime / Better Luck Next Time
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Batman - The Purr-Fect Crime / Better Luck Next Time TV review

Pirates, and tigers, and Catwoman… oh, my! Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. “The Purr-Fect Crime” marks the first appearance of Catwoman (Julie Newmar) on the show. The villain makes two separate robberies to get her claws on a pair of golden cat statues. However, Catwoman is after something far more valuable than the cats themselves. Together the statues reveal the location to a secret pirate treasure hidden in caves underneath Gotham City. Yes, I said secret pirate treasure. To get her her hands on the prize she’ll need to out-wit the Dynamic Duo including putting the pair through multiple death traps (one inspired by the famous Lady and the Tiger conundrum).

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  • Title: Batman – The Curse Of Tut / The Pharaoh’s In A Rut
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Batman - The Curse Of Tut / The Pharaoh's In A Rut TV review

For Throwback Tuesday we take a look back at another episode of the classic 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.The two-parter “The Curse Of Tut” and “The Pharaoh’s In A Rut” introduced audiences to a new villain specifically created from the show. While King Tut isn’t the only original villain created for the series, he is the most well-known (today he even exits as a LEGO Batman Minifigure). Victor Buono stars as the former professor of Egyptology who, thanks to a blow on the head, believes he is the reincarnation of King Tut and Gotham is his kingdom. The episodes feature some smoke and mirrors with Tut using a large statue to proclaim doom and gloom to come while kidnapping Bruce Wayne and holding him for ransom. Batman is able extricate himself out of not one but two separate kidnappings, survive the pebble torture, and reunite with Robin to take down Tut.

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Adam West: Farewell, Old Chum

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2017

in Essays 

Adam WestFor two decades Adam West was Batman. While Batman’s rebirth in Tim Buton’s 1989 film began DC Comics’ attempts to distance themselves from the campy 60s incarnation of their most recognized star, including a long-standing refusal to release the series on home video, DC thankfully softened their stance in recent years allowing a whole new generation to discover, or rediscover, TV’s first Batman in new comics, toys, and (finally!) the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the show.

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2017

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
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Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders Blu-ray reviewBatman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is another middling recent entry to DC’s straight-to-DVD animated films. Playing up the nostalgia to the hilt, the film casts Adam West and Burt Ward to reprise their roles in this animated version of the 60s Batman television show. While the look an style of the movie hearkens back to the original, the tone is never quite right (paticularly after Batman is turned into the villain in the film’s second-half).

Jeff Bergman is well-chosen for the Joker, capturing the sound of Cesar Romero‘s version of the character. William Salyers and Wally Wingert are passable as the Penguin and the Riddler. The casting of Julie Newmar seems like a nice touch, except when you hear an elderly voice coming out of the character meant to be the sexy femme fatale.

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Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2017

in Comics

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1 comic reviewCollecting the first two issues of the digital-first series, Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1 brings together Adam West’s Batman with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman in this first issue of the series which gives us a cameo by Catwoman and flashbacks to a Wayne Manor gala event complete with Thomas and Martha Wayne, Ra’s al Ghul, a young Talia and Bruce, the League of Shadows, Nazis, and Wonder Woman. As you might expect, the evening made quite an impression on young Bruce Wayne.

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