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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In 1943, Columbia released a 15-episode Batman
serial to movie theaters. This was during a time when the
government was asking Hollywood to tailor its
movies to the message the government wanted to send to the public
about the war effort, which often resulted in racist images of
the Axis Powers, especially
Japan. In this episode, Tim and
Paul look at all aspects of the serials, and compare and
contrast them with the 1966 series.
14:00 the cast
34:18 the serial format
45:44 the story
1:01:29 the (often racist) portrayal of Japan, and the
government's request for Hollywood's support in wartime
messaging to the public
1:20:04 cinematography & techniques (and, why
does the action in silent movies always run too fast?)
1:30:30 how the serial added to the Batman
1:34:46 issues with the film quality that cause some
1:37:25 changes in the English language since
1:45:12 the music
1:47:50 the serial’s influence on the ’66
1:58:45 did this serial meet the government’s
2:00:22 differences between '43 and '66 approaches to
An ongoing group research project into Batman '66! Two brothers, Tim and Paul, who grew up having their lives changed forever by Batman reruns in the '70s, discuss the series story-by-story, with other episodes set aside for research into how the show was made (including examining draft scripts) and other Bat-material somehow related to the show. There's not a moment to lose! To the Batpoles!