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Like many who grew up in the '60s and '70s (and perhaps even '80s and later), Tim and Paul had the course of their lives changed by the 1966 Batman TV show, from the types of play they did growing up to their present-day interests.

In this series, they discuss the show's allure and its failures, the arc of the show from satire to sitcom, its influences (the '40s serials and the comic books themselves) and the things it, in turn, influenced.

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Apr 29, 2021


Two-Face never quite made it to Batman ’66 (unless you count William Shatner’s animated turn in 2017, as pictured). But two known attempts were made in the ‘60s: the Harlan Ellison treatment (which later became the comic book Batman ’66: The Lost Episode), and Peter Rabe’s full two-part script, The Two-Faced Counterfeit and The Counterfeit Counterfoiled, which was adapted by Lorenzo Semple, Jr., into a Joker story (as we’ll see next time!). In this episode, we take a look at Rabe’s script. What are its strong and weak points? Why wasn’t it used? Was Two-Face simply too hard to do in live action in the ‘60s?

Also, we discuss highlights of our listener survey, read some of your mail (including about the script Batman Meets his Match), and present a version of the Batman theme from a nameless fourth-grade orchestra!



Martin Noreau's Batman Viewmaster...

... and Jeff Culligan's Cabala minifigure.