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March 28, 2014 | 5:07 p.m.

‘Batman’ TV show creator Lorenzo Semple Jr. dies at 91

For many Batfans, Adam West was the iconic Caped Crusader. West and Robin actor Burt Ward played the crimefighting duo in "Batman," a television series that ran from 1966 to 1968. The show, which earned three Emmy nominations, also spawned a movie, marking the first time the DC hero got his own feature-length film. (20th Century Fox)
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 ’66’: Retro hero faces off against the Penguin, Mr. Freeze

'Batman '66' (featured image)
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 and — 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.

‘Batman’ star Julie Newmar: I don’t envy Gotham’s new actors

Julie Newmar wide
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.

William Shatner and Adam West reflect on their toga days

Adam West and William Shatner (Los Angeles Times archive, left; Paramount Pictures, right)
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.

Comic-Con 2011: Adam West leads a groovy Bat-reunion

Adam West Batman unmasked feature
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 […]
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