A 2014 look at 1960’s Batman

batman300The show Batman, produced in 1966 through 1968, is hilarious.  The dialogue is clever and it gives a clear feeling of 60’s television.  The special effects are lame by today’s standards but that’s what makes it enjoyable to watch.

Watch Batman and Robin climb a wall and imagine them doing it standing upright with the camera sideways.  I can’t say for certainty that’s the way it was done but I would have to think so.

serie_biffThe phrases used to described when Batman and Robin got into fights were great too. Sock! Crack! KaPow! What is even more incredible is how one man and a boy (Robin is like 18) can beat multiple foes with nothing but they’re normal skills.  Batman’ s utility belt is viewed as the greatest invention since sliced bread and all it does is emit some gas and has a grappling hook.

In this episode Joker was playing baseball and got launched over the jail wall by a huge spring.

In this episode Joker was playing baseball and got launched over the jail wall by a huge spring.

By far though my favorite part to watch is the villains and how incompetent they are while seemingly being smart.  Joker in particular is moronic.  He likes to give clues to Batman to ensure that he gets caught.  In an episode he says, he laughs last laughs good.  The following dialogue takes place:

Alfred:  The sentence was grammatically incorrect. One does not laugh good, sir. One laughs well

Batman: Why, that’s it, Alfred! Laughs well! Laughwell! Professor James J. Laughwell!

Then Batman arrives at the scene and the Joker is surprised!  Adam West is wonderful though and it make you appreciate the Family Guy reference.  The show produced 120 episodes over 3 years so there isn’t much behind each episode except for the same story line being used episode after episode.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.