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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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May 25, 2023

Rembrandt meets the Caped Crusader??

As the broadcast of Batman season one drew to a close, a treatment called Rembrandt the Third Meets his Master was submitted by 31-year-old Yale M. Udoff, who would go on to some success, but was just getting started as a screenwriter. Udoff’s inexperience may account for many of the problems with this treatment: A villain, Rembrandt III, whose crimes and motivations are too creaky for a TV show, and who engages many elements that don’t fit the theme of “painting”; many bat-no-nos, including an armed-to-the-teeth Alfred and a somewhat vain, goofy Batman; and set pieces that were unfilmable in the pre-CGI days, at least on Greenway Productions’ budget. And a lot of elements that just don’t seem that interesting. But here and there, he gets it right. This time, we examine this treatment.

ALSO: The Marcus Hedges Trend Orchestra version of the theme, the final installment of Adam West talking with Conan O’Brien in 1997, and your mail on episode 202’s look at Batman ’66 in the UK.



Tim and Paul in The Comics Lair Episode 46: Comics & Nostalgia 


Benny Hill "Batman" sketch