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#127 It’s a “Challenge” Just to Sit Through “Legends”

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Release Date: 01/09/2020

#150 “The Astrologer”: The Proto-“Zodiac” Script show art #150 “The Astrologer”: The Proto-“Zodiac” Script

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

One of our favorite Batman arcs growing up was the three-parter “The Zodiac Crimes” featuring the mind-blowing combination of Joker and Penguin! But when Stephen Kandel wrote it, it was a two-parter introducing a new villain: The Astrologer. Why might it have been switched to a three-parter starring established villains? How much in the script did Stanford Sherman change when he was asked to rewrite it into what was broadcast? And, can a huge meteorite falling on you cause you to be… burned to death?? We’ll see as we walk through the script! Also, , and about our discussion of...

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#149 Alan Napier: #149 Alan Napier: "Not Just Batman's Butler"

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Alan Napier was the third-billed star of Batman, and is, somewhat remarkably, the only series regular who has a memoir currently in print. The book, Not Just Batman’s Butler, was written by Napier around 1970, and writer James Bigwood has edited and annotated it. At some points, Bigwood has filled in some quite large gaps that Napier left concerning his acting career, as the actor tended to focus more on his personal life. Batman does get a chapter, but it’s among the shortest in the book. So, is it worth the bat-fan’s time to pick up this 356-page tome? We’ve read the book and we try...

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#148 Washburn II: Meet the Stars! show art #148 Washburn II: Meet the Stars!

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

You know about the 1966 Batman at Washburn fan film, made by students at Minneapolis' Washburn High School. (If you missed it, listen to episode 146!) But questions remained unanswered. How did the students get the school to let them shoot the film at school? How did they come up with the idea, and determine the casting? Why did they go with original villains? Why is there no Batcave? And...what's with that funky orange wash on some of the shots? In this episode, we meet some of the stars of the film -- Tim Olson (Batman), Mike Smith (Professor Sin), and Ross Olson (the narrator) -- who fill...

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#147 Stanford Sherman’s letters and Batman ’66 #5 show art #147 Stanford Sherman’s letters and Batman ’66 #5

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Most TV writers don’t become stars. If we’re fans of a show they wrote for, we probably know their names, but nowhere online can we find most writers’ photos or dates of birth, let alone anything about their inner thoughts. Especially not writers who did their work decades ago. Collector Mitch Kaba has come along to help us get some insight into one of the more prolific Bat-writers: Stanford Sherman. Courtesy of Mitch, we have in 1965-66, which include references to some of his early Batman work; in particular, Hizzoner the Penguin. Sherman visited the Bat-set during the shooting of...

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#146 An Early Batman '66 Fan Film, Revealed! show art #146 An Early Batman '66 Fan Film, Revealed!

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Breaking bat-news! The earliest-known Batman ’66 fan film has been revealed! It was made by students at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the spring of 1966. As Batmania raged nationally, these kids decided to celebrate their school by making a Batman film in and around their school, with the cooperation of the school, including screen appearances by the principal, Carl W. Anderson, and two teachers! In this episode, we meet collector Mitchell Kaba, who found the film on Goodwill’s auction site and was able to track down many of the students involved in the film -...

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#145 “Batman: The Movie”: What is “the director’s input”? show art #145 “Batman: The Movie”: What is “the director’s input”?

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Director Leslie Martinson, in his TV Academy interview that we explored last time, kept coming back to the question “What is the director’s input” in a TV show or movie? When he pointed out his input to the famous “bomb” scene in Batman: The Movie, we became curious to see what other aspects of the film might show signs of “the director’s input.” So this time, we dig into the script of the Batman ’66 film to see where else Martinson’s fingerprints might turn up. ALSO: The Nostalgia Choir (?) version of the Batman theme, your input on , and D’oh prizes galore for...

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#144 Leslie Martinson: He’s Tha Bomb show art #144 Leslie Martinson: He’s Tha Bomb

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Leslie Martinson was the director of “The Penguin Goes Straight”/“Not Yet He Ain’t” and “Batman: The Movie.” He was a good friend of Adam West’s (but thought Burt Ward was “adequate”). As a director, how much impact did he have on the Batman legacy? For one thing, he played a big role in shaping the “bomb” scene into a signature scene of Adam West Batman! The reveals this (especially when we take a look at the movie’s ), as well as some of Martinson’s experiences in making various movies and TV shows - sometimes in front of a stress-inducing live audience. We...

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SCRIPT: Batman: The Movie show art SCRIPT: Batman: The Movie

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

For reasons that will be clear when you listen to our next TO THE BATPOLES episode this Thursday, the episode after it will be a discussion of the script to the '66 Batman movie! Paul and I are planning to record it on the morning of Oct 20 U.S. time, so you've got a week to look it over and give us your comments!

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#143 Jeff Bond talking Bat-movie music? Oh buoy! show art #143 Jeff Bond talking Bat-movie music? Oh buoy!

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Nelson Riddle’s score for Batman, including the 1966 film Batman: The Motion Picture, features energetic, swing-influenced cues that adhere to the action like a Carl Stalling Looney Tunes score, and opera-esque motifs for each villain and each Bat-vehicle. As incidental music tends to be, it’s probably the most underappreciated aspect of the series. In this episode, film music commentator Jeff Bond, who wrote the liner notes for Film Score Monthly’s CD release of the Batman film’s music in 2000, joins us to talk about what Nelson Riddle brought to the Bat-table. Also, your response to...

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#142 Fine-tuning “The Penguin Goes Straight” show art #142 Fine-tuning “The Penguin Goes Straight”

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

When you see a script marked “FINAL,” you probably assume that it’s word-for-word the same as what was shot. In the case of “The Penguin Goes Straight”/“Not Yet He Ain’t”, it’s not even the final script! It was followed by a “revised final” script, which still varies significantly from what was shot. Many lines are changed, scenes are tightened up, unnecessary scenes are cut. This time we take a look at both scripts in comparison with what made it to film, and contemplate the reasons for the changes. Plus, the , and your mail about episode 139, "Batman Meets Godzilla" #2...

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In January 1979, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin reprised their '66 roles in two specials that barely registered in the Nielsen ratings. The first was "Legends of the Superheroes: The Challenge," in which Batman, Robin, and other DC Comics heroes went up against a group of villains (including the Riddler) who, for no clear reason, were plotting to destroy the world. Adam looked sub-par in his "gila cowl," and all three struggled with a script that only the laugh track found funny. In this episode, we take one for the team to explore this highly unmemorable program.

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