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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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Jun 10, 2021

A frequent assertion about Cesar Romero’s Joker is that, over the course of the Batman series, he goes from genuinely evil to just silly or bratty. Others disagree with this and maintain that he’s the same all the way through. We thought (as did some listeners on our recent survey) that this was a good focus for a Joker discussion, so we asked noted Bat-fan and cartoonist Ken Holtzhouser to join us in discussing Romero’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime. We also discuss how Romero compares to more recent film takes on the character, and Ken shares with us his spot-on analysis of the shifting goals of the makers of Batman and how Joker’s characterization evolved with them.

Also: Bat Audio of Romero himself, and a Bat-theme take with both of the qualities we’re sick of: The Ventures and guitar tutorials!

Read our next script: The Phantom Pharaoh, an early draft of The Curse of Tut!

Comment on the script on the '66 Batman message board

Noah Berlatsky: The Best Joker is still Cesar Romero in the '66 Batman TV Show, Hands Down

Jason Read - "Batman Theme" The Ventures Guitar Lesson

Gallery of Joker stills (watch the changing colors and widening of the lips)

The Joker's Wild

The Joker Goes to School

The Impractical Joker

The Joker's Hard Times

Pop Goes the Joker

The Joker's Flying Saucer