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#132 Women of Season One: Not Just "Poor, Deluded Girls"

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Release Date: 04/30/2020

#164 #164 "The Curse of Tut" scripts: Rondeau and Buono improve on Dennis and Barret

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Lorenzo Semple, Jr. having made his changes to Robert C. Dennis and Earl Barret's first King Tut script, next it was the turn of director Charles R. Rondeau and master ad-libber Victor Buono. How much of the story that made it to the screen was determined by them? This time, we discuss two different versions of the Curse of Tut script, and how much changed after the "final" version. Also, a Bat Research Lab on Dennis and Barret, your comments about all three versions of the scripts (and on our recent Joker episode), and !  

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#163 #163 "Phantom Pharaoh" Reveals Semplian Batman

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

As the early episodes of Batman were being produced, and broadcasts had not yet begun, Executive Script Consultant Lorenzo Semple, Jr., was editing scripts and trying to get across his vision for the show to the other writers. Robert C. Dennis and Earl Barret’s script for "The Phantom Pharaoh" gives us a peek at Semple’s vision for how Batman, Robin, and the other characters should be written. This time, we look at the script, the comments Semple wrote on it, and how it differs from the end product that was broadcast (“The Curse of Tut”/“The Pharaoh’s in a Rut”). ALSO: , and...

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#162 Lego Batman is Every Batman show art #162 Lego Batman is Every Batman

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) gives us both a unique Batman, and a Batman considered to be in the continuity of every iteration of Batman - in the comics, the ‘40s serials, the films, the animated shows, and even - or, perhaps, especially - Batman ’66. In this episode we take note of a movie about a Batman that is emphatically not the Adam West version, but nonetheless is making dozens of references to the West version. ALSO: Burt Ward talking about injuries on the set, and

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#161 A Joker for All Seasons show art #161 A Joker for All Seasons

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

A frequent assertion about Cesar Romero’s Joker is that, over the course of the Batman series, he goes from genuinely evil to just silly or bratty. Others disagree with this and maintain that he’s the same all the way through. We thought (as did some listeners on our recent survey) that this was a good focus for a Joker discussion, so we asked noted Bat-fan and cartoonist Ken Holtzhouser to join us in discussing Romero’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime. We also discuss how Romero compares to more recent film takes on the character, and Ken shares with us his spot-on analysis of the...

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#160 Bat-rankings show art #160 Bat-rankings

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

After more than six years of doing this show and reliving our childhoods, what have we decided is our favorite story of the series? Our favorite piece of bat-equipment? Our favorite villain? This time, we rank all our favorites! Plus, , and !

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#159 The Joker Laughs on Two-Face's Behalf show art #159 The Joker Laughs on Two-Face's Behalf

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

For whatever reason, Batman’s producers decided that they would not do Peter Rabe’s Two-Face script (see last episode) as it was written. Instead, Lorenzo Semple Jr. adapted it into , keeping just enough of the story that Rabe got a “story” credit. This time we look at Semple’s first draft of that episode, which retains some aspects of Rabe that didn’t make it to the broadcast version, and a few other things that we kind of wish had made the final. Also, , William Dozier on casting the villains, and your comments , as well as !

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#158 Peter Rabe’s “Two-Face” show art #158 Peter Rabe’s “Two-Face”

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Two-Face never quite made it to Batman ’66 (unless you count William Shatner’s animated turn in 2017, as pictured). But two known attempts were made in the ‘60s: the Harlan Ellison treatment (which later became the comic book ), and Peter Rabe’s , The Two-Faced Counterfeit and The Counterfeit Counterfoiled, which was adapted by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., into a Joker story (as we’ll see next time!). In this episode, we take a look at Rabe’s script. What are its strong and weak points? Why wasn’t it used? Was Two-Face simply too hard to do in live action in the ‘60s? Also, we discuss...

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#157 Adam West as Catman; False Face; and a Camp Question show art #157 Adam West as Catman; False Face; and a Camp Question

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Part of Adam West’s renaissance as a performer, once his fans were old enough to cast him in stuff, was voicing various versions of himself in cartoons. One of these was in Nickelodeon show The Fairly OddParents, in which “TV’s Adam West” was the famous actor who had played the hero “Catman” — but thought he really was Catman! This time we take a look at Adam’s appearances on the show. Also: The 7th issue of the Batman ’66 comic book, featuring False Face! Art by past Deconstructing Comics interviewee . One of the weirdest Batman theme versions we’ve found yet: . Get your...

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#156 Adam and Burt #156 Adam and Burt "Return to the Batcave"

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

In 2003, CBS broadcast the special Return to the Batcave, featuring Adam West and Burt Ward walking through a search for the stolen Batmobile as they reminisced about their time making Batman. The reminiscence was hampered a bit by the show still being tied up in rights issues; only clips from Batman: The Movie were included, not from the TV series itself. This time, we delve into the good and the bat-awful of this special. Also: , to our interview with Greg Patterson in Episode 153, and the announcement of our and of the next scripts we’re going to discuss! by Peter Rabe by Lorenzo...

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#155 The Entrancing Dr. Cabala show art #155 The Entrancing Dr. Cabala

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When Stanley Ralph Ross sat down to write what would be his final Batman script, which he titled Batman Meets his Match, he built it around a magical character who could turn invisible: Dr. Cabala. It was only in a later draft that, for whatever reason, he made Cabala the second banana to his alchemist wife, Dr. Cassandra. This time, we examine both versions of the script to see how much of this story was intact from the beginning and which aspects evolved later. Also, why do pseudosciences like alchemy and astrology tend to get lumped together? Also, , Holy Deja Vu looks at Angelique...

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