Batman (1966)

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Batman (1966)
Batman (1966) opening photo.jpg
Premiere January 12, 1966
Finale March 14, 1968
Airs Saturdays at 10PM and 10:30PM on MeTV
Creator William Dozier
Based on the characters created by
Bob Kane
Network ABC
Style 30 minute crime comedy
Company Greenway Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Century Fox Television (until 1989)
20th Television (1989—)
Seasons 3
Episodes 120 + film
Origin USA

Batman is a satirical superhero comedy that aired on ABC based on the Bob Kane superheroes Batman and Robin.

The series basically entailed Batman and Robin's battle against Gotham City's rogue's gallery of villains in a campy, broad fashion, eschewing the origins (Bruce Wayne losing his parents to a thug, Robin's in a circus accident). The first part of a two-part story aired Wednesday nights on ABC, with the conclusion airing Thursday nights. It became appointment TV for a year, spawning a "Batmania" across the country.

The wide myth is that Bob Kane created Batman. It has since been discussed that Kane merely devised the designs of Batman while the character himself was created by Bill Finger. Kane himself created two other animated shows, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse and Cool McCool.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Adam West Bruce Wayne / Batman * * *
Burt Ward Dick Grayson / Robin * * *
Alan Napier Alfred Pennyworth * * *
Neil Hamilton Commissioner James W. Gordon * * *
Stafford Repp Chief O'Hara * * *
Madge Blake Aunt Harriet Cooper * * o
Yvonne Craig Barbara Gordon / Batgirl *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3
William Dozier The Narrator * * *
Byron Keith Mayor Linseed * * *
David Lewis Warden Crichton * * *
James O'Hara Sergeant O'Leary * *
The Villains 1 2 3
Victor Buono King Tut * * *
Burgess Meredith The Penguin * * *
Cesar Romero The Joker * * *
Julie Newmar Catwoman * *
Eartha Kitt *
Frank Gorshin The Riddler * *
John Astin *
David Wayne The Mad Hatter * *
George Sanders Mr. Freeze *
Otto Preminger *
Eli Wallach *
Vincent Price Egghead * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One January 12, 1966 May 5, 1966 34
Season Two September 7, 1966 March 30, 1967 60
Season Three September 14, 1967 March 14, 1968 26

Films

Title Release
Live-action
Batman July 30, 1966
Animated
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders October 6, 2016
Batman vs. Two-Face October 10, 2017

In-Depth

Related Programs

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series November 11, 2014 purchase 18
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season November 11, 2014 purchase 5
The Second Season, Part One February 10, 2015 purchase 4
The Second Season, Part Two July 14, 2015 purchase 4
The Complete Third Season November 3, 2016 purchase 5

Blu-ray

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region A)
The Complete Television Series: Limited Edition November 11, 2014 purchase 13
The Complete Television Series December 16, 2014 purchase 13
Feature Film  (Region A)
Batman: The Movie July 1, 2008 purchase 1
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders November 1, 2016 purchase 1
Batman vs. Two-Face October 17, 2017 1

External Links


The Batman Franchise
Animated TV Shows
The Batman/Superman HourThe Adventures of BatmanSuper FriendsThe New Adventures of BatmanThe All-New Superfriends HourChallenge of the SuperfriendsThe World's Greatest SuperfriendsSuper Friends: The Legendary Super Powers ShowThe Super Powers Team: Galactic GuardiansBatman: The Animated SeriesBatman: Gotham KnightsBatman BeyondJustice League UnlimitedThe BatmanBatman: The Brave and the BoldYoung JusticeBeware the BatmanDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League Action
Live Action TV Shows
BatmanBirds of PreyGothamPowerlessPennyworth
Motion Pictures
BatmanBatmanBatman ReturnsBatman ForeverBatman & RobinBatman BeginsThe Dark KnightThe Dark Knight RisesBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeJustice League