Batman Original TV Series
Posted by: Mr Pink
In the dressing rooms in those first few moments before Adam West and Burt Ward would exit into the studio to begin filming the first of what would become one of my favourite TV series’ ever, the two men who would come to be known world-wide as crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin probably had no idea of where it would all lead: the merchandise, the cult comic gatherings, the films and all the hype. Understandable, really. If you've seen how tight those costumes are around the groin area then you'll know that it would have been hard to concentrate on anything other than walking and saying your lines.
Batman, as far as I was concerned, changed the face of TV forever. The special effects were truly mesmerizing. The acting was so good that I couldn't believe what I was watching wasn't happening spontaneously, there and then, just like real life. Then there were the baddies: baddies so bad that I was never less than terrified of what might become of Robin. It was always Robin who I feared for. Batman could handle himself but Robin? There was something vulnerable about him, like a one-eyed cat trying to cross the road that you just knew would get flattened any second.
For these reasons, when Batman appeared on my TV last week, all these years later, I did what any male my age would have done and dropped everything. There I sat, transfixed once again by the special effects and the acting (and also, it has to be said, slightly disturbed by how I was now older than Robin. It just didn't feel right).
By the end of the show – Batman and Robin had been up against the evil Catwoman and her Catman friend, been to hell and back they had – I had drawn three firm conclusions: 1) The special effects weren't quite as phenomenal as I remembered...plastic rocks, for example, and 2) the Cat-man was actually just a man in his late forties wearing a tiger-pattern top and a strap-on tail. Not quite the formidable foe I had made him out to be all those years before. Another thing which made no sense at all was how angry Robin was all the time. In this episode he was like a maniac, constantly shouting at Batman about how they ought to move faster. If I'd have been Batman I might just have made sure nobody was looking and pushed him down a fake bottomless pit.
Not that it changed anything. I found another episode online and this time I ignored anything my adult brain told me. Batman the TV series will always be a classic, and no amount of CGI is going to change that fact.