Holy headlines, Batman, make it stop!

July 22, 2008 | 1:51 a.m.

60sbats 2 Holy headlines, Batman, make it stop!Forty years and four months ago, the last episode of "Batman," the campy television series starring Adam West, aired. That feels like a long time but, for headline writers and entertainment reporters around the world, well, it seems like just yesterday.

Take a look at the headlines and beginning paragraphs from newspapers around the world, all from this calendar month. 

The Atlanta paper had three!

Los Angeles Times: Holy opening weekend, Batman!
Baltimore Sun: Holy box office records, Batman!
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Holy smokin’ movie projectors
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Batman! Holy heel, Batman!
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Holy gee, Batman! ‘Knight’ a hot one
Daily News (New York): Holy box office, Batman!
The Sunday Times (London): Holy joy, Batman! Brits soar in US
The Times (London): Holy megabucks Batman!
New Zealand Herald: Holy superlatives, Batman!
The Globe and Mail (Canada): Holy, hint, Batman! Holy Blu-ray, Batman! That’s one sharp picture
Chicago Sun-times: Holy highs and lows, Batman!
Harborough Mail (UK): Holy hellraisers Batman!
Birmingham News (Alabama): Holy authenticity, Batman! Holy blockbuster! Batman
Redlands Daily Facts (California): Holy campout, Batman!
Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia): Holy human superhero, Batman!
Toronto Sun: Holy white-nose syndrome, Batman!
Toronto Star: Holy impressionist Batman!
The Vancouver Province (British Columbia): Holy IMAX scenes, Batman!
The Cincinnati Enquirer: Holy replica, Batman!
The Cincinnati Enquirer: Holy gangsters, Batman, this Joker was wild!
The Miami Herald: Holy collectibles, Batman!
The Sunday Mail (Queensland, Australia): Holy Schumacher, Batman!
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida): Pow! Bam! Armani! Holy pinstripe Batman!
Prince Rupert Daily News (British Columbia): Holy Cow Batman, heroes are out there
Star Tribune (Minneapolis): Holy muscles, Batman!
Star Tribune (Minneapolis): Holy High-Def, Batman!
The Boston Herald: Holy ticket sales, Batman!
North Bay Nugget (Ontario): Holy flashback; caped crusader returns!
The Charlotte Observer: Holy halibut, Batman!
Dothan Eagle (Alabama): Holy pepperoni, Batman!
Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville): Holy L.A. Jaguars, Batman!
The Oregonian (Portland): Holy Batman (& Robin)! Look what’s on high-def
The Wichita Eagle: Holy marketing, Batman!
The Capital Times (Madison, Wisc.): Holy variety, Batman!; Dark Knight’s library expands
Welland Tribune (Ontario): Holy DVDs, Batman!
Bedford Today: Holy film time Batman!
South China Morning Post: Holy Anime, Batman!
Sunday Star (England): Holy cash cow!
Sunday Star (England): Holy sex scandal, Batman!
Sunday Herald Sun (Australia): Holy pit stop, Batman!
Kingston Whig-Standard (Ontario): Biff! Bap! Whap! Blammo! Holy camp, Batman!
The New York Post: Holy show stealer, Batman!
The Clover Herald (South Carolina): Holy history, Batman!
The Monitor (McAllen, Texas): "Holy technology, Batman! We’re on Blu-ray!"

And last but not least, a very fitting one:

The Orlando Sentinel: Holy coincidences, Batman!

— Geoff Boucher

Photo of Adam West and Burt Ward, the dynamic duo of the 1960s ABC series and 1966 tie-in film.

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4 Responses to Holy headlines, Batman, make it stop!

  1. Yeah, it's odd how mainstream coverage of comics and comic-related media seems to be stuck in the 1960s. Somehow the rise of graphic novels, comics for mature readers, and the shift in audience demographics from kids to young adults since the 1980s doesn't seem to have caught on, and they're still stuck on "Holy XYZ, Batman!" and "Biff, POW! ZAP!"

  2. PB210 says:

    Actually, Burt Ward returned to the role of Robin in the late 1970's for both animation and live action (the two Legends specials). Also, Casey Kasem routinely used the "Holy…." catchphrase in Super Friends.

  3. Ben Raza says:

    This isn't odd at all. Headlines are all about writing something snappy and succinct that sums up a story and also gets people to read it. Catchphrases work well for this purpose, and the campy Adam West era of Batman had far more catchphrases that have found their went into the wider public consciousness (not just for fans of comic books) than any other Batman medium.
    Yes, there are a few phrases that come to mind from other interpretations of Batman. But a headline of 'Wait Til They Get A Load Of Me' for example would make far less sense out of context than anything in this list.

    Ben Raza, BedfordToday

  4. […] also fits with the annoying tendency of headline writers to use the “Holy XYZ!” phrasing from the 1960s Batman TV show as if it’s somehow still relevant to modern-day comics […]

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