Batman was created by Bob Kane in 1939 (Detective Comics), inspired by The Shadow pulp novels and radio series (now a Shadow movie). Though there was never a Batman radio series to compete with The Shadow, the character did guest star occasionally in the 1940s Superman radio series (in some cases, the actor who played Superman was away, so there were Batman-only episodes of the Superman radio series). Stacy Harris, the actor who played Batman on radio, went on to star in "This Is Your FBI" on radio starting in 1945. For more info, check out the Radio page or go to the Radio Spirits website, I think it's currently the "Old Time Radio" button at www.mediabay.com
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If anyone has seen Harley Quinn, please notify Batgirl, Batman, the Tick-Tock Man, or Harlan EllisonThe Penguin..............Burgess Meredith The Joker................Cesar Romero The Riddler..............Frank Gorshin in several eps John Astin in one Egghead..................Vincent Price King Tut.................Victor Buono Catwoman.................Eartha Kitt Julie Newmar Mr. Freeze...............George Sanders The Mad Hatter...........David Wayne Bookworm.................Roddy McDowell The Archer...............Art Carney Lola Lasagna.............Ethel Merman Minerva..................Zsa Zsa Gabor The Devil................Joan Crawford The Black Widow..........Tallulah Bankhead Lady Fogg................Joan Collins Lord Fogg................Rudy Vallee The Puzzler..............Maurice Evans (the master warlock in Bewitched
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1960s Batman Cast
Trivia question: was Adam West ever in a spaghetti western? Come back on a future date for the answer. Same bat website, same bat webpageBatman (1943), 15 awful episodes (he wears black long-underwear, grey swim trunks, a viking helmet, and drives a Model-T batmobile) were nevertheless well-received as "Plan 9 From Outer Space" type camp when an edited feature-length version was re-released in 1965.
Batman Movies & Serials
Batman & Robin (1949, aka The Return of Batman), 15 more episodes. A hooded villain is The Wizard.
Batman (1966) movie based on the tv series
Several of the Batman tv series villains also appeared in this movie. Eartha Kitt was seen as somewhat controversial for her support of black activists and was replaced as Catwoman in the movie by Lee Meriwether (her only time as Catwoman), and in the tv series by Julie Newmar. In the movie, Penguin kidnaps the world's leaders from the UN Building in his submarine and uses a device to remove all moisture from their bodies, reducing each to a pile of dry chemicals (an idea later used in a Star Trek episode). Batman, Robin and the others were played by the same actors from TV. The Admiral is played by Reginald Denny.
In 1977, Adam West & Burt Ward reprised their roles in a Saturday morning cartoon series The New Adventure of Batman, which used the newly-perfected Rotoscope process for more fluid animation.
Previous cartoon series were The Batman-Superman Hour (1967-68), which replaced The Superman-Aquaman Hour (1966-67), and Superfriends starting in 1973.
Legends Of The Superheroes (1979 tv-movie in 2 parts).In part 1, superheroes competed against supervillains in offbeat "Battle of the Network Stars" type games of skill. In part 2, Ed McMahon hosted The Roast, a mild battle of wits.
Characters/actors who took part:Batman/Adam WestIn the 1990s, a gritty new animated series was started by the Fox network, reflecting the new Dark Knight Batman comic books, then went to first-run syndication starring mostly unknown actors, with Mark Hamill as The Joker. Adrienne Barbeau (last seen on the Sci-Fi channel as Swamp Thing's girlfriend) is the voice of Catwoman both in the broadcast animated series and in a continuing online series that changed it's name recently to GothamGirls.com after Stan Lee's website disappeared. The online episodes run 2 to 3 minutes and feature Batgirl fighting with Catwoman and/or Poison Ivy and/or Harley Quinn.
Captain Marvel/Garret Craig
The Flash/Rod Haase
Retired Man/William Schallert
Solomon Grundy/Mickey Morton
Dr. Sivana/Howard Morris
Weather Wizard/Jeff Altman
The Riddler/Frank Gorshin
The third Batman hollywood movie didn't do so well, and there is serious talk of releasing a feature-length animated Batman in theaters (previous animated Batman features were seen only on tv or in video).
Batman Beyond (1999)
Adventures of Batman & Robin: The Joker (1994)
Adventures of Batman & Robin: Two-Face (1994)
Adventures of Batman & Robin: The Riddler (1994)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batmania: From Comics to Screen
The Green Hornet (1940)
The Green Hornet Strikes Again (1940)
Bruce Lee and the Green Hornet (1960s)
Green Hornet episode titles (the spinoff series)
Adam West Videos
1960s Batman episodes, all 3 seasons
1960s Batman page on the SciFi Channel website (if it's still there)
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Previous episode schedule (2001)
No episodes are scheduled on the SciFi Channel after 9/17/01 as it's moving to TV Land channel
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