Holy Bootlegs, Batman!
After almost five decades of wanting and waiting, Bat-fans around the world are finally about to be rewarded for their patience and enduring loyalty to one of television’s most unique and memorable programs, the 1966 camp classic—Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. In a surprise announcement made yesterday, TBS talk show host Conan O’Brien “tweeted” the following insider intel:
“Very excited @WBHomeEnt is releasing the Batman ’66 Complete TV Series in 2014!” —@ConanOBrien
Press response (of course) was rabid and immediate. According to a follow-up article on USA Today:
“The original 1960s Batman show is finally getting a home-video release, and Conan O’Brien couldn’t be happier. USA TODAY confirmed the news that the late-night talk-show host tweeted to his 9.75 million followers Wednesday: WB Entertainment will be releasing the complete series this year in a box set. He also added a picture of himself and the classic Batmobile with the quip, “The seat smells like Adam West.”
The USA Today article continues:
“The TV show was a lighthearted, campy affair starring West as the earnest Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne, Burt Ward as Robin and Yvonne Craig as Batgirl. However, the many colorful villains they faced on a weekly basis were arguably more of a draw, with a stable of mainstays including the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and three different women to wear the tight leather of Catwoman (Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt and Julie Newmar). Celebrities of the day were regular guest stars, including film director Otto Preminger as Mr. Freeze, Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac, Vincent Price as Egghead, Liberace as Chandell and his twin brother Harry, and Zsa Zsa Gabor as Minerva. Details will be announced later on specific platforms and pricing.”
Bottom Line: This news couldn’t have come at a better time for all of the “old farts” around the world who are about to raid their kid’s college funds in order to purchase the all-new (and VERY expensive) 1:6 scale Batman and Robin action figures from Hot Toys (see article HERE) and the requisite 1:6 1966 Batmobile (also from Hot Toys, see HERE). Of course, a lot of the DVD pirates out there may have to finally move out of their parent’s basement and go back to work at the food court. Oh well, all good crimes have to come to an end sometime.
And… as soon as WB releases its prices and photos of the OFFICIAL Batman DVD sets, we’ll report that information to you here on The Joe Report. Until then, we suggest you clean off your bat-screens, change the batteries in your bat-remotes, load up on some bat-snacks, and get ready for some serious ’60s “bat-binge TV viewing!” To the DVD store!