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It's Bat-Time!
Holy tangled web of rights! (Or is that tights?)  After decades of wrangling among two behemoth studios, heirs of a production company and dozens of mostly dead Special Guest Stars-slash-Villains, the famed Batman tv series of my youth has, today, FINALLY been released on home video.  This article tells the remarkable Bat-tale of how an ill-fated merch move, all the way back in 1998, led to years of research, negotiation, and finally, redemption for the Camp camp in getting this release of what the fandom now refers to, either fondly or get-away-from-me, as Batman '66.

I totally remember the twice-a-week phenomenon, which was all the rage in second and third grade as we SOCK! and POW! and BIFF!ed our way through recesses and hung on every early-week cliffhanger (narrated, I later learned, by William Dozier himself, the television executive who coursed the campy route for the series). I can remember even the minor-level villains (Cliff Robertson as the faux-western Shame?!?), and the words to the in-series Batgirl theme music (if only because it HAD words, unlike the iconic theme- Where do you come from, where do you go?,....). When the network cut it back to one a week and the Bat-shark had begun to jump, the show became a little too uncool for us 10-year-olds, but years of syndication kept it fresh and fun until DC rose from the ashes of its Bizarro Universe era and pointed the Caped Crusader in the Dark Knight direction that Kane and Finger (yes, there was a second creator who did as much for the franchise as the credited one did) had started with. The Schumacher Administration refused to touch any of the Camp era except for one carefully scripted Robin joke, and Nolan's trilogy was way too Why Too Serious to acknowledge it at all.

But Bat's all, folks, for the current run of trilogizing, with no new film loaded into the Bat-Signal for several more years. So on today's way cool occasion, I repeat the lifelong beg I've been telling Emily about for years (Eleanor just looks at me funny over this stuff):

Batman '66 needs a major motion remake.

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The purists scoff, even scream. NOOOOOOOO! THAT SHOW RUINED THE CHARACTER FOR 20 YEARS! NO POLES! NO HOLY JOKES! NO BAT-GIZMOS! AND, GOD, NO CHOREOGRAPHED FISTFIGHTS!

(Stop yelling, citizens. Batman wants you to use your inside voice.)

For heavens' sake, make it as a completely self-contained one-off. Give it good production values and a cast that would eat it up. Can you imagine the A-listers who would kill to overact in the thing? Not only are there three 60s seasons to devour, but so many moments from the past decades' movies are waiting to be spoofed. Clooney's nipples alone would be good for a bunch of scenes.

John Williams can update the theme music! Zucker/Abrahams behind the camera! And Adam and Burt need this before they die- the Camped Crusader is 86, already!

Maybe make it a peace offering between DC/Warner, ABC/Disney and Fox, whose rights in the series are still all entangled- a labor of love to a generation of fans who have been dissed by all the dark?

WILL IT HAPPEN? WILL BAT-JIM CARREY AND SIMON PEGG THE BOY WONDER SURVIVE THE TRIUMPH OF RIGHT OVER RIGHTS?

TUNE IN NEXT TIME.... SAME BLOG TIME..... SAME BLOG CHANNEL!
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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: November 11th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would really love to see that happen!
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: November 11th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
This board actually worked out some casting choices for it a few years back, which are awesome,although sadly a few are unavailable now. Interesting that they pegged Robert Downey Jr. for a superhero movie a year before he got the Iron franchise.
fiddlingfrog From: fiddlingfrog Date: November 12th, 2014 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy legal documents Batman! It's a wonder that DC were able to sort out the rights to start putting out their Batman '66 comic series last year.
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