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Synopsis - Batman is Bruce Wayne. As a teenager Bruce was traumatized by witnessing his parent’s murder and vowed to avenge their deaths by bringing the criminals to justice. Bruce Wayne used his vast fortune to study criminology, to train his body to athletic perfection, and to acquire high tech vehicles and weapons to fight crime in his hometown of Gotham. One night Bruce Wayne was startled by a bat outside his window and decided to dress himself as a “bat man“ to strike fear in the “cowardly and superstitious“ hearts of criminals. From that moment forward, Bruce Wayne became “Batman“ in his altered state. Helping the Cape Crusader is Robin the Boy Wonder. Together the Dynamic Duo take on many arch enemies like the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Two-Face and Catwoman.



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About the Show
 

  • First episode aired: January 12, 1966
  • Last episode aired: March 14, 1968
  • Number of seasons:3
  • Number of episodes:120
  • the show was broadcast on 2 consecutive nights with a cliffhanger ending between. It was similar to the old movie serials. In the 3rd season, it was cut back to 1 night per week.
  • during the first season, Batman was rated number 10 program on Wednesday and #5 on Thursday. People eventually only tuned in on Thursday night because there was a short recap of the 1st episode at the start of the Thursday episode.
  • this was the first time a hero from comic book origins would make it to TV
  • the bat cave set cost $800,000 (in 1966 dollars)
  • was filmed at 4 different studios during the production of the series.
  • the character Batgirl was added in the 3rd season to help boost ratings
  • the show cost over $75,000 for a episode

stars

  • Batman (Bruce Wayne) - Adam West
  • Robin (Dick Grayson) - Burt Ward
  • Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) Yvonne Craig

The Movie

Bat movie

  • released:August 3 ,1966
  • was made between the 1st and 2nd season

  • added a Batcycle,

bat cycle

a Batboat,

Bat boat

and a Batcopter

Bat Copter

to the bat inventory

Coloring Pages

Batmobile
 


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About the Car
 

  • built by Barris Kustom Kars; current owner - George Barris
  • based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura
  • Curb Weight:5500 lb
  • Length: 225 in.
  • Height: 48 in
  • Fins: 84 in
  • Wheel base: 129 in
  • has a completely hand formed steel body
  • front engine/rear drive
  • Cost to modify the Futura: $30,000
  • took 3 weeks to  build
  • George Barris took molds off of the number one car and built three fiberglass copies. The first two were sent out on the auto show tour and the third was sent to dragstrips across the country to compete in staged events. While history has been stretched a bit in later years, the ONLY car to appear on the series and in the full length feature film was the # 1 Futura car

Bat Gadgets

The Batmobile was equipped with a arsenal of special equipment to help the Dynamic Duo in their crime fighting activities.

  • The Bat Turn Lever used to turn the car around 180 degrees. By pulling the handle, twin parachutes on a 25' nylon cord  came out.

    The parachutes looked good on camera but were not really made to stop this 6000 pound machine. The shot was done at a very slow speed so the chutes didn't get ripped off then the film was sped up to give the illusion of speed. The show started getting letters from Batfans asking how could Batman just leave a huge set of parachutes in the middle of the road so they equipped Alfred with a Batmobile Parachute Pickup Service Van to go and retrieve the chutes from the street!!

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  • when activated would disable any vehicle following the Batmobile. Turn it on and his ignition would conk out.
  • Automatic Fire Extinguisher - If the Batmobile detected a fire, it would implement the automatic fire extinguishing system
  • The Mobile Bat Computer - If the Caped Crusader needed to get some quick info from the Batcave, he could use his Mobile computer to down load his files.
  • The Bat Beam was the fly swatter looking thing on the antenna. When it was turned on, the antenna raised up and it projected a beam that could destroy anything in it's path. It was used to blow holes in buildings, etc.
  • Emergency Tire Inflator - If the Batmobile got a flat it was no problem, just press the emergency tire inflator, and your back in business in no time.
  • Bat Smoke Screen - Say you've got a nasty villain hot on your tail, what do you do ??? You activate the smoke screen and fog them off the road !!!
  • The Battering Ram - Cant get into the warehouse where the Riddler has Robin held hostage ??? Activate the Battering Ram and bust the whole door down !!!
  • Voice Control Batmobile Relay Unit - Say some weirdo has taken off with the Batmobile, you need to operate something on the car, no problem ! Talk into your Batradio and the relay unit at the Batcave will transmit your request !!
  • The Bat Photoscope - If Batman needed a photo from the main computer, all he had to do is send a request and a signal would be sent to the Batmobile and a photo would be printed out of the dash.
  • The Batphone - What would happen if the Bat signal went off and Batman was not at a phone ???? No problem, pick up the batphone and give police headquarters a call.
  • Police Band Cut-In Switch - If Batman needed to talk to Gotham Cities finest , he could bypass the Batphone and activate the radio cut in to speak to them directly on the police radio.
  • Mobile Tracking Scope - If the duo needed to figure out where a villain went, they used the mobile tracking scope to pinpoint the exact location of the villain.

Batmobile License Plate

Four different license plates can be see on the #1 Batmobile from 1966-1968

Bat-1

2F-3567

TP-6597

ZEF451