Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Batman TV series 1943, 1949 and 1966

Am soon going to get the lesser known Batmans... No am not talking about the George Clooney disaster nor any of the Michael Keaton starrers nor the Val Kilmer one but the very first time Batman appeared on the screen...

Batman was first introduced in video as a television series way back in 1943, only four years after the Batman character was created. Am yet to watch it but I heard, the series was just average with Lewis Wilson playing Batman. He was plain pathetic apparently...

After six years another series Batman and Robin (1949) was made... produced by Columbia Pictures, it is said that despite a bigger budget and a better Batman (Robert Lowery) this show was really lame... Wait for my review on the same in probably a couple of weeks.

I'm just fascinated to know how these shows were... fingers crossed, they should be fun to watch on a Sunday afternoon. I'm wondering how pre-historical Batman must have been then... the lighting in B&W, camera angles, weird villains, was there a Batmobile? etc.

I remember watching the 1966 TV series Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward as a kid on Star Plus after school. Was fun... I recall the opening theme which began with animated Batman and Robin punching bad guys and kapow sounds used to come... Do try to watch those and give me a call if you get that series. Adam West in his light grey costume and a puny Burt 'Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods!' Ward are funny today albeit unintentionally.

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