Batman ’66

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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  • Title: Batman – The Ring of Wax / Give ‘Em the Axe
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Batman - The Ring of Wax / Give 'Em the Axe TV review

For Throwback Thursday 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. Wax is the name of the game in this two-parter which features the return of the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) who smuggles in a new Universal Wax Solvent into the country inside a wax replica of himself. After causing a scene at the Gotham wax museum, the Riddler makes off with his prize which he plans to put to good use. Following clues left at the scene of the crime, the Dynamic Duo head to the public library where they run into a very sticky situation (so to speak). The next time Batman and Robin catch up with the Riddler things don’t go any better as they are left hanging over a vat of boiling wax in the cliffhanger scene.

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  • Title: Batman – The Joker Trumps an Ace / Batman Sets the Pace
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Batman - The Joker Trumps an Ace / Batman Sets the Pace

For some Throwback Thursday fun, we’ll take a look back at another pair of episodes from the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. In “The Joker Trumps an Ace” the Joker (Cesar Romero) returns with a series of bizarre crimes including stealing the hole from a golf course. Eventually the Joker’s plan to kidnap a visiting maharaj is revealed, but it also ends up trapping the Dynamic Duo in a death trap where Batman and Robin climb out a chimney to avoid death by gas. “Batman Sets the Pace” allows the Caped Crusaders to do a little undercover snooping as Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson tracking the villain to his lair.

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