Nov. 11, 2014 | 8:14 a.m.
The classic Batman, Robin and Catwoman are returning to the small screen with the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The celebrated series, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968, starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin — a crimefighting duo who faced off against a series of comic book villains, including Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze and, of course, Catwoman, artfully portrayed by Julie Newmar. Hero Complex readers get a peek at Newmar’s Catwoman in an exclusive video from the series. The clip (watch it below) features West’s Batman trapped in a room with Catwoman’s tiger Tinkerbell. PHOTOS: Batman actors through the years “Batman, it’s been fun, but all good things must come to an end, and the goodest ending I can think of […]
July 27, 2014 | 10:29 p.m.
The “Lego Batman” games have always put a lighter spin on a character that’s traditionally as grim and gritty as they come, but the upcoming third game in the series, “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” will add a bit of retro fun. Holy nostalgia, Batman! Players of the game, which will be available later this year for all systems, will get to play a level of the 1960s “Batman” series, with Adam West himself providing the voice of Batman. Additionally, gamers will also be able to play as the entire ’60s cast, including Robin, the Boy Wonder. They’re just a few of the 150 playable characters in the new game. And in case you’re wondering, yes, Lego Batman will dance the Batusi. Other playable characters include familiar faces from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. “Lego Batman 3″ […]
July 25, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.
In conjunction with the appearance of “Batman” original cast members Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar at Comic-Con on Thursday, Warner Bros. has announced that the much-anticipated DVD/Blu-ray collection of the classic ’60s TV series will be released on Nov. 11. The collection will include all 120 episodes of the show, which ran from 1966 to 1968, and will feature a collectible set with such goodies as an exclusive Hot Wheels replica Batmobile, an Adam West scrapbook, vintage trading cards, photos from the series and a letter from Adam West to fans. You can check out a preview of the collection below. The revival of the campy but celebrated TV program ties into the 75th-anniversary celebration of the Dark Knight. Throughout the year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been feting the Caped Crusader with the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, a 25th-anniversary-edition […]
July 02, 2014 | 2:01 p.m.
Bap! Boom! Pow! “Batman: The Complete Television Series” will arrive with a bang at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, with a panel featuring Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman, meow). The actors from the famed TV show that ran from 1966-1968 on Bat-channel ABC (and in syndication) will tease the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series,” due in November. The dynamic duo fought crime for 120 episodes, all of which will be available and fully remastered in DV. Here’s a preview video: The revival of the campy but celebrated TV program ties into the 75th-anniversary celebration of the DC comics superhero. Throughout the year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been feting the Caped Crusader with the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, a 25th-anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning 1989 “Batman” film, new animated releases and more. There are also more screen […]
May 20, 2014 | 2:37 p.m.
Long before superhero teams became a box-office staple, there was Batman and the Green Hornet. When the two heroes, along with their respective sidekicks Robin and Kato, teamed up in the second season of the “Batman” television series in the two-part episode “A Piece of the Action” and “Batman’s Satisfaction,” it marked the first time two masked avengers had joined forces on screen. To commemorate the landmark moment, DC is launching “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet,” a 12-part series premiering in digital form this week. Batman super-fans director Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman (“The Joe Schmo Show,” “Family Guy”) were tapped to pen the tale. Smith is no stranger to crafting a Batman story, having worked on the limited series “Batman: Cacophony,” which ran from 2008 to 2009 and the six-issue mini-series “The Widening Gyre” in 2010. He and […]
March 28, 2014 | 5:07 p.m.
Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the classic Adam West-starring “Batman” television series, has died. The prolific screenwriter served as scribe for scores of films and TV series, including Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 “King Kong,” the Warren Beatty-starring thriller “The Parallax View,” Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor,” the 1980 cult darling “Flash Gordon” and the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again,” among other projects. Semple died Friday at his home in Brentwood of natural causes. Born March 27, 1923, Semple celebrated his 91st birthday Thursday. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce; daughters Maria and Johanna; son Lorenzo; and six grandchildren. In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex contributor Susan King, Semple recalled being approached by producer William Dozier to develop an ABC television series based on the “Batman” comic book. “I got a cable […]
July 31, 2013 | 12:14 p.m.
Batman and Robin are battling some of their oldest enemies in the latest installment of “Batman ’66,” the digital-first comic that revisits the Dark Knight’s campy early years. With Batman trapped on the Penguin’s iceberg, “Batman ’66″ Chapter 5 pits Robin against the beak-nosed villain and his accomplice, Mr. Freeze. The chapter — available today for digital download via the DC Comics and ComiXology apps as well as on readdcentertainment.com and comixology.com — is written by Jeff Parker, with art by Ty Templeton (previous issues were illustrated by Jonathan Case). Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek of the issue. Check out the first four pages in the gallery above or by using the links below. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 “Batman ’66″ draws inspiration from the Caped Crusader’s over-the-top antics […]
Sept. 05, 2011 | 10:09 a.m.
No surprise, Julie Newmar practically purrs into the telephone when asked about her new comic book project. “It won’t be out until December,” the actress said of “Secret Lives of Julie Newmar” from Bluewater Productions. “I’ve seen part of it and it’s a lot of fun. I grew up on ‘ Brenda Starr‘ so when I saw the image, the drawing, I had them turn the hair a little bit red — more red than the brownish-red — because I remembered that came off the page a little bit more in comics. It’s more lively or maybe it’s just what I remembered liking as a reader.” “Secret Lives of Julie Newmar” is a spin-off of Bluewater’s “Mis-Adventures of Adam West” and both, of course, bank on the pop-culture affection for the “Batman” television series of the 1960s that presented a groovy Gotham City […]
Aug. 03, 2011 | 2:19 p.m.
Capt. Kirk and Bruce Wayne together – and in togas? Yes, before they took on their iconic roles on “Star Trek” and “Batman,” actors William Shatner and Adam West worked together on a buddy project called “Alexander the Great” that never aired – maybe no show was big enough to hold those outsized on-screen personas. “It was so long ago,” Shatner said of the fizzled project, which started life as a 1964 television pilot but was shelved before it reached the air. “It was great fun to make. It was a pilot that was monumental for ABC just before I went and did ‘Star Trek.’ And I was deeply, deeply, horrendously disappointed when this series didn’t sell and then the following year or so I started work on ‘Star Trek.’” The pilot depicted the Battle of Issus with a then-unknown […]
July 22, 2011 | 8:05 a.m.
Holy headline opportunity — it’s a Bat-reunion in San Diego! Friday at Comic-Con is loaded with big-name stars and creators, but no panel is groovier than the “Batman” reunion that brings Adam West and fellow 1960s television stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar together for (shockingly) the first time in the four-decade history of the convention. The panel is the handiwork of the Hub, which brings Gotham City to your screen to remind us all that once upon a time in pop culture, Bruce Wayne was more of a bright knight. We caught up with each of the three stars to talk about the 45th anniversary reunion, and here are some Bat-highlights. Adam West: “Comic-Con is wonderful. There’s so much to see. It’s so crowded. There are so many dweebs. These are strange people. The stranger they are, the more […]