How much do you know about Batman’s TV run?
The first Batman show premiered on ABC in 1966 and ran for a number of seasons, becoming an instant hit with audiences.
This was followed by Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, which ran for five seasons and is often cited as one of the best animated TV shows ever made. Batman: The Brave and the Bold ran for three seasons from 2008 to 2011, while more recent series include Gotham (2014-2019) and Batman Unlimited (2015-2018).
In total, Batman has been featured in eleven different TV series, spanning a wide range of genres and styles.
Actors in the original Batman TV show included:
1) Batman/Bruce Wayne – Adam West
2) Robin/Dick Grayson – Burt Ward
3) Alfred Pennyworth – Alan Napier
4) Commissioner Gordon – Neil Hamilton
5) Chief O’Hara – Stafford Repp
6) Aunt Harriet Cooper – Madge Blake
A superhero without superpowers?
Batman is one of the few superheroes who doesn’t have superpowers, instead relying on his intellect, physical prowess, and gadgets to fight crime. His iconic appearance, with the dark suit and cape, along with his cool car and gadgets, have cemented Batman as one of the most recognizable fictional characters of all time.
Adam West was the first actor to play Batman on TV, in the Batman (1966) series.
How old was Burt Warn when he played Robin?
Burt Ward was the actor who played Robin in the Batman TV series. He was just 18 years old when he was cast in the role, and quickly became a star. He later said that he found it difficult to act opposite Adam West, who was almost twice his age, but that they eventually became good friends.
Ward has continued to be involved with Batman, voicing the character in various animated TV series and video games. He also penned a book about his time as Robin called Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights.
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Watch the Batman Opening and Closing Theme 1966
FlashBack Facts: You May Not Have Known Before
3 little known facts about Adam West and Burt Ward
1) When Batman (1966) was canceled after just a few seasons, West and Ward struggled to find work in Hollywood.
2) Batman was originally intended as a serious drama with no comedic elements. But the producers eventually decided that it would be more successful if they played up the campy humor, which is what made Adam West a star.
3) Batman was not a ratings success in its first season, but it became a huge hit in its second season after the addition of Batman’s sidekick, Robin.
Vintage Voices: What Did They Say?
A famous Batman quote is…
“To the batpoles!” –-Batman-
a reference to Batman’s secret entrances and exits…