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Kevin Brown
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This makes me very happy!



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So, even more lame headlines featuring Bat-talk.

Apologies for all those I've told this to previously, but around 2009, Christian Bale had some relationship issues (may have been before 2009, but that doesn't matter). A UK rag could not resist a "Holy..." headline.

Anyone who had ONLY seen the Bale films, and who picked up that paper, might have not understood the word "holy". Sure, a Google search might help, but even for non-West Batman actors/news, headlines cannot resist Ka-Pow or Holy! Jeez...
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The trailer itself is a little too "meta" for my tastes, but I may rent this, only because I really enjoy Adam West and Burt Ward's performances.

Too bad it looks like they're going their usual comedic/campy route... would have been nice if they'd finally gotten a chance to play the material straight.

But in this day-and-age, that probably would have meant an R-rated version of the '60s show!


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I'm not a fan of the 60s BATMAN -- aside from Julie Newmar's Catwoman -- but I'll buy this just on the outside chance that it leads to an animated WONDER WOMAN voiced by Lynda Carter.
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Adam West has suffered as William Shatner has suffered. When he tries to recapture the portrayal from the Sixties, he goes much more broad than he did then. The moment "Batman" spoke, I knew this was going to be much more reminiscent of the third (technically 2.5) season of the series.
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What a shame that, with Adam West only a few years from 90, they couldn't have -- if they HAD to use him as Batman again -- put him in a vehicle that at least attempted to right the wrongs of the 60s TV show. 
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…they couldn't have -- if they HAD to use him as Batman again -- put him in a vehicle that at least attempted to right the wrongs of the 60s TV show.

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The "wrongs" are what people most fondly remember from the old series -- the wronger the better!

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If this is done in the vein of the Batman 66 comic, it could be a lot of fun. I'm tentatively in.
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I like the animation. It looks like it could be fun to watch. I don't mind a little light heartedness. But man I could do without the "Holy Batman" stuff.
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It's a really sad state of affairs that I got a sense of that's Batman while watching that clip. It just goes to show you just how far off the range DC has gotten.
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...the Batman 66 comic book...

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Oh, dear......

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I love the show, but I could really do without this. 
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JB: Adam West has suffered as William Shatner has suffered. When he tries to
recapture the portrayal from the Sixties, he goes much more broad than he did
then. The moment "Batman" spoke, I knew this was going to be much more
reminiscent of the third (technically 2.5) season of the series.

SER: Perhaps it's because I'm hearing his voice from a cartoon Batman but he
sounds almost identical to how he did during the last couple seasons of
SUPERFRIENDS and the BATMAN Filmation cartoon. The former was from the
'80s and the latter the '70s but his performance is far more, well, cartoonish
than the live action series.

A shame, because I have wished for some "lost" episodes from the first season
of the show when the scripts, filming style, and performances are are at their
best. I was surprised when watching the series again how many scenes from
the first season take place at night. Also Julie Newmar is returning as
Catwoman, who only appeared in one season one story (as opposed to three
for Joker and Penguin and 4 for the Riddler).

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Watched the trailer. All I could hear was Mayor West. I'm too far removed to enjoy this, I think.

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Also Julie Newmar is returning as Catwoman, who only appeared in one season one story…

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Not sure what you're saying here. . . ?

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My question is why is this happening now and not years ago?

West has been doing voice work for years and I bet not a day went by that someone didn't suggest that he and Ward do a Batman cartoon.  Its not like Ward is having to turn down acting jobs either. I suspect the same rights issues that delayed the DVD's may also have prevented this project.

A little voice in the back of my brain also thinks that is some WB exec's idea of balancing THE KILLING JOKE film.  I wouldn't at all be surprised if this were true.

Just sticking West and Wards voices over some animation doesnt cut it though.  There's a certain magic that gets lost when you can't see their faces and delivery.  The 70's Filmation Batman series kind of proves that point.


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Also not to put too fine a point on it but I think this style of Batman show (campy, with serious undertones) was done right with BRAVE AND THE BOLD and Diedrich Bader as Batman.
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Also Julie Newmar is returning as
Catwoman, who only appeared in one season one story (as opposed to three
for Joker and Penguin and 4 for the Riddler).
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She only had 1 story in Season 1...she had at least 4 stories of her own in
Season 2, one that was shared with Sandman, and at least 1 cameo...which
was essentially a bumper for a following story.
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As many of you know, I enjoy the first half season of BATMAN in a nostalgic way -- and the nostalgia extends beyond the show itself. Many of those episodes have the "feel" of the comics I'd been reading four or five years earlier. This is what was lost as the series continued, and the campy earnestness dissolved into silliness.

And this is what's been wrong with attempts to recapture the essence of the show. DC's BATMAN '66 was a wide swing and miss, getting caught up in being too "clever" in the presentation (it should have been drawn, written and colored like a Silver Age comic) and missing the precise tone of the show. There was a "presentation"page circulating for a while that demonstrated this in just half a dozen panels, beginning with Batman calling Robin "Boy Wonder."

Ah, well!!

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JB: Also Julie Newmar is returning as Catwoman, who only appeared in
one season one story…
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Not sure what you're saying here. . . ?

SER: The bulk of Newmar's appearances were in the second season,
and as a result, were more overtly comedic. She plays a fairly straight
version of the comic book Catwoman in her first appearance. It would
have been great to have seen another Catwoman story from that
period.

I think Gorshin's Riddler is better regarded because he didn't appear in
Season 2 (his only season 3 appearance is a disaster).

I suppose it was too naive of me to hope that we could get a cartoon
done in the style of the 1st season, which came close to capturing the
late '50s/early '60s Batman. No one seems able to do it (including the
Brave and Bold cartoon) without a knowing wink, when they were
actually produced in full eanestness.
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The stories did get very samey as the TV series progressed. The villains became very interchangeable. And the likes of Louie the Lilac and Egg Head didn't appeal to me.

I cannot help but think things might have worked better if they'd introduced some aliens or monsters in the third season. 
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Robbie, I think just based on "Joker's Flying Saucer" that aliens or monsters on
BATMAN would have made the series like late-period LOST IN SPACE. I love
that period of the show but I think the TV series was best equipped to deliver
the late 40s/early 50s Batman, which hadn't yet made the extreme leap to far-
out fantasy.

Another fantasy of mine, though, is a BATMAN series that would have been
more like the first season of the George Reeves Superman.
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As many of you know, I enjoy the first half season of BATMAN in a nostalgic way -- and the nostalgia extends beyond the show itself. Many of those episodes have the "feel" of the comics I'd been reading four or five years earlier. This is what was lost as the series continued, and the campy earnestness dissolved into silliness.

And this is what's been wrong with attempts to recapture the essence of the show. DC's BATMAN '66 was a wide swing and miss, getting caught up in being too "clever" in the presentation (it should have been drawn, written and colored like a Silver Age comic) and missing the precise tone of the show. There was a "presentation"page circulating for a while that demonstrated this in just half a dozen panels, beginning with Batman calling Robin "Boy Wonder."

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JB, did you think that the 70's Filmation New Adventures of Batman cartoon did a much better job of capturing the first half of the live action 60's Batman TV show, as well as the portrayal of Batman and the other characters from the comics? Did you find that animated series to be a little more serious than the live action series?

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I'm sure Bat-mite would have fit right in with the early live action episodes. :-)

That 70's Filmation series is a bit of a dog's breakfast IMO.   

Some villians could not be used (Riddler, Scarecrow) because Superfriends was running concurrently -- and this also kept big Batman villians like the Joker off Superfriends making both shows less than the sum of their parts.   Catwoman was needlessly redesigned as well.   There's only 13 episodes with a two parter whose villian is a new creation as a foil for Bat-mite.  Not a good run and those episodes were rerun constantly for years.   Filmation really tried to wring blood from that stone. 

The only thing worthy of notice is the Filmation-created villian Sweet Tooth, voiced by Paul Lynde.  This is one character that I think would fit right in with the 60's series.
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