Batman TV Show Superstore!

 

    When I started building this web page, I had just finished watching the March 9, 2003 premiere of the CBS TV movie, "Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt," which was so much fun! So funny! It was a reunion of sorts of the actors from the 1960s "Batman" TV show and 1966 "Batman" movie, including Adam West and Burt Ward. I've read both Adam's and Burt's books, which is where most of the script was from, and it was such a treat seeing some of their more colorful recollections re-enacted for the film. So here's how you can catch up with the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder! (and Batgirl! Dang it, why does everyone always forget about her?!! I loved Yvonne Craig!!)

 

                    The Bat Books!

                                    The Bat Music!
                                        (including Batman ringtones & sheet music!)

                                                The Bat DVDs (and videos)!

                                                          The Bat Posters!

                                                                    and, most importantly, The Bat Toys!! (and a Bat-Costume or two)

                        (And Val took the time to correct bad links and add brand spankin' new links on December 26, 2008!)

 

The Batman TV Show Superstore bid a sorrowful farewell to our beloved Caped Crusader Adam West on Friday, June 9, 2017.

And the Batman TV Show Superstore mourned the sudden passing of purrrrfectly sexy Catwoman Eartha Kitt on Christmas Day, 2008  :(

 

Kitt went into detail about portraying Catwoman in her third autobiography, called I'm Still Here in the UK and Confessions of a Sex Kitten here in the USA.

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Holy Coolness!: A DVD of Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt was released on May 17, 2005!

Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt DVD

 

You can still get Holy Batmania! on video OR you can get the Batman: Holy Batmania! DVD, which was released October 19, 2004, from Image Entertainment!

Batman: Holy Batmania!
Batman: Holy Batmania!
[Cover's yellow star reads: Contains 4 full-length documentaries, 
plus more than 60 minutes of ultra-rare bonus materials!]
Find out the details at TVShowsonDVD.com!
The "4 full-length documentaries" are the original Batmania documentary
  plus the three A&E cast member Biography shows listed below!

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Happy Fortieth Anniversary, Batman!


Read the March 21, 2006 USA TODAY story
on the 2006 TV Land Awards.


See the introduction by Megan Mulalley for the oh-so-modest William Shatner, who presents the 40th Anniversary Award to Adam West and Burt Ward (Windows Media File .wmv file)
at the 2006 TV Land Awards!

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Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Meriwether
Holy cluster of Catwomen!
Read the March 17, 2004 USA TODAY interview with 
all three Catwomen!:
Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Meriwether

 

Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Female Fatale, by Suzan Colon and Adam West
Suzan Colon has compiled--with an introduction from Adam West--the June 2003 release, Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Feline Fatale
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (Catwoman Graphic Novel)
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (Catwoman Graphic Novel)

Catwoman: Crime Pays (Catwoman Graphic Novel)

 

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The Bat Books!

The main source material for the TV movie were the autobiographies written by Adam West and Burt Ward:

Back to the Batcave, by Adam West
Back to the Batcave, by Adam West
Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, by Burt Ward and Stanley Ralph Ross
Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, by Burt Ward, along with "Batman" scriptwriter, Stanley Ralph Ross

 Batman in the Sixties
The sixties... a decade of social unrest, rock music, flower power -- and the Caped Crusader! It was a decade in which Batman achieved an unparalleled level success in comics and on television. Introduction written by Adam West!
See the funky Batman poster (drawn by Alex Ross) from the American Library Association below!

 

Yvonne Craig also released an autobiography:

From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond, by Yvonne Craig
From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond, by Yvonne Craig

Now available on DVD!


Ballet Russes

Yvonne most recently appeared in the 2005 documentary, Ballet Russes, speaking about her time in one of the competing Russian ballet companies touring the world. Go to the official web site to find out more!

 

See the Batgirl poster from the American Library Association (a poster long overdue, so to speak ;>!) below!

 

Also, you may remember The Official Batman Batbook by Joel Eisner, released in 1986!
The Official Batman Batbook by Joel Eisner
See Joel Eisner's revised Batbook for 2008!

 

Barris TV & Movie Cars
Barris TV & Movie Cars 
by George Barris, David Fetherston

 

 

 

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The Bat Music!

Composer Neal Hefti came up with the famous "Batman" TV show theme, which can be found on both of the following CDs... 

 

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More versions of Neal Hefti's Batman Theme!

 

 

Batman Original TV Show Theme Sheet Music By Neal Hefti. Piano/Vocal/Chords. Arrangements for piano and voice with guitar chords (piano solo). 4 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (T1320BPV)
See more info...

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The Bat DVDs (and videos)!

Ah, the quickie movie, made to capitalize on the high ratings of the TV show--! Cheesier than the TV show -- and that's real cheesy -- the scene where Batman runs all over a pier trying to dispose of a bomb safely, away from the various groups of innocent citizens milling about, is truly one of the funniest sequences in the whole series--!

Batman -- The Movie (1966) - DVD
Batman: The Movie (1966) - DVD
Released in 2003! DVD features:

 
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Audio commentary by Adam West and Burt Ward!

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Tour of the Batmobile!

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Photo still gallery!

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Theatrical movie trailer!

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W I D E S C R E E N !


Batman: The Movie Special Edition [Blu-ray]

See the Batman: The Movie Special Edition web page from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment -- click on the Features tab for the lonnng list of featurettes, including the ones from the previous DVD release!

 

Batman: The Movie (1966) VHS
Batman: The Movie (1966) - VHS

 

 

Rent ($2.99) or buy ($9.98) Batman: The Movie (1966) -- click the link and watch the trailer at Amazon.com free!

 

 

 


The New Adventures Of Batman (1977) DVD (2 discs)
Adam West and Burt Ward provided the voices of Batman and Robin in this 1977-78 CBS Saturday morning cartoon series that found the Dynamic Duo's crime-fighting exploits hampered by the presence of Bat-Mite, an otherworldly imp who idolizes Batman and insists on "helping" him defend Gotham City. All 16 episodes of the series--including "The Pest," "A Sweet Joke on Gotham City," "Curses! Oiled Again," "The Deep Freeze," and "This Looks Like a Job for Bat-Mite!"--are featured in a two-disc set. 6 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette.

 

A&E made the following Biography episodes:

Batman (DVD)
Go inside the camp classic with star Adam West and a host of clips from the '60s staple.
Episode premiered July 7, 2003

Adam West: Behind the Cowl
See his original screen test for "Batman" in this profile of the `60s TV star.

 Julie Newmar
Go beyond the suit and sex appeal in this look at TV's Catwoman.

 

A big thanks (blame?) to Valsadie Pal Andy, who told me about the web site, TVObscurities.com, which has a whole page plus RealVideo film clips from the incredibly rare 8-minute Batgirl Promotional Short! See the original Batgirl mask and motorcycle! 
Go go go (vroom vroom)!!

See the 1974 Public Service Announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor about equal pay for women that featured Craig reprising her role as Batgirl, Burt Ward reappearing as Robin, but has Dick Gautier as Batman. I actually remember seeing this. SO funny! Go, Batgirl!

 

OK, so the movie is out on video, and all these cool specials and all  -- but what about the Batman TV series itself?? Is it out on DVD?? Well NOW IT IS -- FINALLY!! Although not without some bobbles...


This part is so pre-2014...

OK, so the movie is out on video, and all these cool specials and all  -- but what about the Batman TV series itself?? Is it out on video or DVD?? Would you believe that it isn't?! Holy Oversight, Batman! What kind of nefarious scheme is this?!

Knowing that most of the visitors to this site are indeed looking for the series on home video or DVD, I contacted Fox Studios, which produced the original series in conjunction with Greenway Productions, to find out if such a release was in the immediate future. I received the following response:

Hello Valerie,

Fox has no plans to release the title in question at this time. I will forward your request on [to] the corporate office so they can see what the public would like to see on DVD.

Thank you,
Megan
Fox Consumer
888-223-2369
E-Mail: foxdrop@4icc.com

OK, so it's not the answer we were looking for. But it is a little hopeful! And I guess you could always send you own e-mail encouraging the release of the series...!

Plus, register with the web site TVShowsonDVD.com, and you can vote for Batman there, too (thanks again to Andy)!

Request the Batman TV series on DVD via adding your e-mail address at Amazon.com - which states that in doing so that you'll "also be voting for this release; we'll let the studio know how many customers are waiting for this title"--!

Get the skinny on the rights issues (read: money, money, money) that have thus far kept the series from home video/DVD release; see this article from a July 2004 issue of Entertainment Weekly (EW) magazine --
We're Dyin' For ''Batman'': EW petitions for the 1960s ''Batman'' television show on DVD -- Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. have no immediate plans to release the classic TV series and EW wants to know why by David Koeppel

 

 

 

 

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The Bat Posters!

Have the Caped Crusaders keep guard over your humble abode!

Buy at Art.com
Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward)
Buy From Art.com
Buy at Art.com
Julie Newmar
Buy From Art.com
Buy at Art.com
Buy From Art.com

 

 

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Find more Bat-Collectibles and Bat-Toys and Bat-Costumes!!

 


1960'S BATMAN - BAT GIRL by FUNKO VINYL IDOLZ


1966 BATMAN - BATMAN by FUNKO VINYL IDOLZ


1966 BATMAN - ROBIN by FUNKO VINYL IDOLZ


1966 BATMAN - JOKER by FUNKO VINYL IDOLZ


Official Costumes

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See the impressive line of Batman toys at LEGO.com!

 

 

 

 


Batman poster at ALA
Batman at the ALA Online Store
Poster 2005 American Library Association. Used by permission.

High above Gotham City, Batman keeps one eye on the streets below -- and the other on an edgy, engrossing tome.

(Perhaps Beyond Good and Evil?)

Batgirl Poster by the American Library Association
Batgirl at the ALA Online Store
Poster 2004 American Library Association. Used by permission.

Check out Gotham Public Library's Barbara Gordon on the case, whether book or bat-a-rang in hand--!

 

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Page somewhat updated June 12, 2017; counter added 8/20/2003.

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Visit these Bat-Web Sites!

AdamWest.com, official web site for the Bat-Actor

RobinTheBoyWonder.com, official web site for Bat-Actor Burt Ward

YvonneCraig.com, official web site for TV's Batgirl

TheRealFrankGoshin.com, official web site for the late actor
R.I.P. Frank Gorshin (1934-2005) -- Listen to Gorshin's The Riddler song!

JulieNewmar.com, official web site for the actress

EarthaKitt.com, official web site for the late actress
(and singer, dancer, writer, etc!)

The 1966 Batman TV Tribute Site by David Sutton including The Batmobile!!

1966 Batman Webpage!

Batman on National Public Radio's Present at the Creation radio series
includes RealPlayer video clips from the show and audio clip of the TV show theme!

Wikipedia entry for Batman (TV Series)

Batman TV show page at the web site of (Chicago's own!) Museum of Broadcast Communications
from its online Encyclopedia of Television (from Absolutely Fabulous to Zorro)

Sixties City Television - Batman

Batman: The 60s Series

The Original 1966 Batmobile website

The Futura/Batmobile Home Page

Batman at TV.com

The Batman Tribute Pages at http://adamwest.tripod.com 

Batman TV Show at DonnaLoren.net (Quicktime film clips)
1960s singing sensation Donna Loren's appearance on Batman TV Show

and...

1979's Legends of the Super-Heroes!
and more and more and more on this er, uniquely fine and (mercifully!) short-lived TV series (scrapped in two short weeks up against the 1979 Mork and Mindy juggernaut)!

 

And... just do yourself a favor and check out Batfriend.com. The site itself is in progress, but the opening animation and then the click-through to the Batcave--you do remember how to get there, don't you??--to, shall we say, more animation, is just too cool!!!!!

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See my other web sites...

 

Valsadie.com Home Page, new home to the Valsadie Site Guide!

See all the latest entertainment headlines at the
Keeping You Informed Page!

See all the latest cool books, music, videotapes and DVDs, computer accessories, and oh-so-cheezy stuff at the new
Keeping You Informed Superstore!

See the latest covers of all the coolest magazines at the really new
Keeping You Informed Newsstand!

See the First 2003 KYI Superstore which spotlighted such items as Seabiscuit: An American Legend, The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel, the TOP country music CDs, and the My Big Fat Greek Wedding DVD. The Second 2003 KYI Superstore featured Bernie Mac's ALA READ poster, Kelly Kenyatta's Red Hot Halle biography, Maroon 5's Songs About Jane, iPods, the movie Valley Girl and its assorted CD soundtracks, and cool cult films Office Space, The Big Lebowski and Psycho Beach Party. See the 2002 Keeping You Informed Superstore (as well as the Val's 2002 Wish List edition) and the Keeping You Informed Archives (1999-2001)

and...

Come and talk about Michael Jackson, Dorothy Dandridge, Janet Jackson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, the Jackson Five, Prince, and even more, in the Valsadie's Forum @ Yuku!

Valsadie Bookmarks at the Netscape Open Directory Project

 

 

Val's World Wide Web Puzzle Page
for links to word find puzzle pages

Valsadie Java Puzzles, java version of the three original puzzles

Pop Culture Puzzle/Quizlet -- currently asking you to name your favorite girl group!

 

Link to Michael Jackson Word Find Puzzle

Michael Jackson Word Find Puzzle

Michael Jackson Word Find Puzzle Solution

Michael Jackson Photos Page

King of Pop Michael Jackson Superstore

Val's Handy Dandy Combination Michael Jackson Discography/Videography

Val's Page of Michael Jackson Video Vendors

Val's Original Essay, "America Misses Michael Jackson!"

Val's Original Screenplay written for Michael, "The Love Song of Prince Michael and Cecelia"

Michael Jackson Discussion

Valsadie's 2005 Xanga Blog: Is Michael Guilty?

 

Link to Jackson 5 Page

Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five/Jacksons Photos Page

Jackson Five/The Jacksons Discussion

 

Link to Hercules and Xena Word Find Puzzle Page

Hercules and Xena Word Find Puzzle

Hercules and Xena Word Find Puzzle Solution

Xena Discussion

Hercules/Andromeda Discussion

Link to Janet Jackson Word Find Puzzle

Janet Jackson Word Find Puzzle

Janet Jackson Word Find Puzzle Solution

Janet Jackson Discussion

Janet Jackson Superstore

 

Link to Dorothy Dandridge Page

Presenting Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge Memorabilia Vendors

Dorothy Dandridge Discussion

 

Link to Weird Al MTV Vanguard Petition, Photo stolen from WeirdAl.com, My shame is immeasurable!

Weird Al for MTV Video Vanguard Award Online Petition

"Weird Al" Yankovic Discussion

 

Backstreet Boys in Alley, from back of "Black & Blue"

Why the Backstreet Boys are Cool

Backstreet Boys Superstore

 

Pages protesting Prince Rogers Nelson's Web Sites Lawsuit

Diamonds and PURLs

Diamonds and PURLs Store

 

Batman -- The Movie (1966) - DVD

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