Whether you sleep in the Marvel camp or claim “DC FOR LIFE!”, there is absolutely no denying the impact that Batman has had on pop culture. Sure, The Last Son of Krypton may get plenty of love too but when it comes right down to it, Batman has been leading the way for DC Comics for a good 50 years and the Caped Crusader is single-handedly responsible for millions of fanboys’ first foray into the world of comic books and, really, geek culture in general. As DC Comics’ leading mascot, Batman has starred in eleven live action films dating all the way back to 1943, countless animated movies, dozens of animated series’ and has been featured on television in different incarnations with different actors picking up the cowl. When it comes to Batman’s impact on pop culture, there is absolutely no more influential depiction of the hero than 1966’s Batman television series, featuring (as if you need to be reminded) Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, respectively. This week, the series hit its fiftieth birthday, and after fifty years, the series continues to make its mark. (more…)
For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?).
The show was short lived and it had a big comeback the last few years in popularity. The license was finally made available for merchandising, so not only did the episodes come out on Blu-ray, but toys, collectibles and a comic series were released.
And now, at a recent convention, actors Adam West and Burt Ward revealed they’ll be lending their voices to a full length, animated Batman 1966 movie scheduled for release on the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016. (more…)
For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?). Looking back, it’s easy to call it campy and lame. Because, well, it was. But, that was part of its charm! Some may say it isn’t the best of anything to do with Batman – most fans who remember it, seemingly choose to negate its existence for latter-day criticism. However, it stands an important part of Batman lore and demands respect as a cultural cornerstone. For its time, it was a fun, imaginative and immensely accessible show – appealing to the young and old. To this day everyone – even those who aren’t Bat-literate – knows the “Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Batman!” jingle. And gosh darn-it if George Barris-designed Batmobile wasn’t the coolest thing on four wheels? If it weren’t for this show, we might not have the Batman we have today. The Chris Nolan Batman trilogy, The Tim Burton movies, Batman the Animated Series, Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight Returns… these acclaimed creatives might not have gone on to make the best of Batman had it not been for Batman 66.
For true Bat purists and nostalgia enthusiasts, the Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin 1/6th scale figures by Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles are a must have. By golly Batman, if they aren’t the best realized collectibles of the dynamic duo ever made.
Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive samples from Sideshow Collectibles for review. So flip back the Shakespeare head and slide on down the bat pole with us as we take a in-depth look at these confounding crime fighters realized in 1/6th scale form.
Quick, to the review. There’s not a moment to lose! *Note: You are required to read this review out loud in the voice of an old-time radio broadcaster. (more…)
Warm up your best Batman Na-na-na-na-na-na voice because that Lego Batman spinoff movie isn’t just going to feature The Lego Movie Batman voiced by Will Arnett that everyone went head over heals for. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the two in charge of the Batman Lego spinoff have big plans for our favorite brick caped crusader. How big? (more…)
In the same mode as other nerd icon documentaries like To Be Takei and Birth of the Living Dead, we now get Starring Adam West. Now if you’re thinking, “So what? He was the lame Batman from the lame 1960s Batman TV series,” you’ve clearly never been to a con and seen this man pack them in to standing room only capacity. Needless to say, Adam West didn’t always feel that love. There were some pretty lean years between Batman and Family Guy‘s Mayor West. But now, it seems, West is ready to talk about the totality of his career: the good, the Bat, and the ugly.
San Diego Comic Con, the nerd equivalent of making the trek to Mecca – all nerd must do it once in their lifetime – begins in just a few weeks. Now as observers (not Observers) know, TV has taken on a greater emphasis at the Con, with some TV panels even taking place in the hallowed Hall H, a space once reserved for only the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, and it looks like this year will be no exception. With four big new comic based series hitting screens this fall, and the Blu-ray release of classic stalled for years by miles of red tape about rights, this promises to be a very big year for TV at SDCC. To plan your trip accordingly if you’re going, or to plan your news gathering ability if you’re not, here’s the schedule of screenings and panels for TV shows at San Diego Comic Con, including a DC TV mega panel Saturday night in Hall H.
Conan O’Brien broke news via his Twitter feed that the long-awaited and beloved 60’s camp hit Batman was finally being released on DVD and Blu-Ray. After Warner Bros. confirmed it, fans sat on their hands anxiously awaiting the proof in the pudding. And little more of it was told until now.
I can’t believe it took so long for this to happen. No longer will fans have to quietly sneak over to that Comic book convention booth full of bootleg DVD’s with photocopied covers to get seasons of the 1960’s Batman television series. In a few months you can quietly sneak into your local Wal-Mart or Target and pick up the entire series. (more…)
So, if you’re pre-ordering Batman: Arkham Origins, and you’ve got it reserved for the PS3, you’re in for a treat. It’s been announced since day one that Deathstroke would be playable in the challenge maps, but we finally have a trailer featuring the assassin in action. As Sony announced during its E3 conference, even though Arkham Origins isn’t a PS3 exclusive they are treating it as one with the Knightfall pack. In said pack, you’ll find a load of exclusive maps and two exclusive skins, one based on the classic TV show version of Adam West‘s Batman and the other on Azrael‘s Knightfall costume.
As if you needed more reason to get this game, check out the trailers below to see what’s in store for Arkham Origins.
No strangers to voice work, television’s dynamic duo will lend those famous voices to Futurama in its upcoming, and sadly final, season. Adam West, who can regularly be found as Mayor West on Family Guy, and Burt Ward, who appeared with West in a 2002 episode of The Simpsons, will play themselves in the usual Futurama fashion of heads in jars. But just check out the cool bodies they get along with those jars,
West with the body of a giant bat and Ward with that very familiar, tri-color scheme; I love it! And I’m so glad the two got to record a guest stint before Futurama went off the air, again, and for what looks to be the last time. Their episode will air August 7th and is titled, “Leela and the Genestalk“.
Futurama returns to Comedy Central on June 19th at 10/9c.