Before the death of legendary Batman actor Adam West earlier this year, he had already recorded his parts for the upcoming animated feature Batman vs. Two Face. As we’re approaching the eventual release later this year, Warner Bros has put out a trailer for the film.
Batman vs. Two Face also features the wonderful Burt Ward as Robin and (the unfortunately gross) William Shatner as Two Face. It’s the second straight to video feature Warner Bros has put out in continuity with the classic 1960s television series, and honestly I’m really excited about it.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
This episode of Nerd & Tie was sponsored by Ohio Kimono
It was first announced back in March of 2015 that Adam West and Burt Ward would return as Batman and Robin in a new animated film in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 television series. Well, it’s 2016 now (the 50th anniversary came and went), but we’re finally getting to see something from this long awaited project.
Entertainment Weekly has the new teaser trailer for the film (though we’ve embedded a mirror of it bellow). Titled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, it also sees the return of Julie Newmar as the voice of Catwoman.
Honest to god, I’m really excited about this. The 1960s Batman series was my first exposure to the caped crusader, and getting more Adam West in my life makes the little kid in me very, very happy.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders comes out Digital HD on October 11th, followed by a Bluray release on November 1st.
Fifty years ago today, the first episode of Batman aired on ABC. The series starred Adam West as the titular Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as his sidekick the Boy Wonder Robin. The show would go on to run three seasons totaling 120 episodes, spawn a feature film, and crossed-over with The Green Hornet. It was, frankly, amazing.
And it is literally my favorite version of Batman.
I obviously didn’t grow up with the first airing (I was born in 1980), but it ran in repeats throughout my childhood. When I thought of Batman, I thought of Adam West. I knew every episode by heart, and it really defined who Batman was for me as a kid. It’s why I later got into comic books, even if said comics decided to take my hero in a very different direction.
So cheers to you, Batman (or as it gets called these days Batman ’66). You’re a Gotham city mostly seen in sunlight, protected by a hero more focused on hope and bizarre detective work than the grimdark interpretations that followed. You’ll always be my Batman.
(And just because we can’t end this without one of the greatest theme songs ever written…)
George Barris, the man who built the iconic Batmobile from the 1966 Batman TV series, passed away early Thursday morning. He was 89 years old.
Besides the Batmobile, Barris also designed and built other cars for the screen (including the modified Model T used in The Munsters), and was known as the “King of the Kustomizers.”
While its true that most people don’t know his name, there are very few who don’t know his work. I have fond memories of the 60’s Batman TV show, and the version of the Batmobile he put together (cobbled together in 15 days using a Ford Futura concept car Barris legendarily bought for a dollar) is no small part of it.
On this episode we come to you live from Geek.kon 2015 in Madison, WI! We also have a massive announcement — and that’s the Nerd & Tie Expo! It’s kind of a big deal for us.
Don’t worry — we also talk about current geek news too, including the sad news that Yvonne Craig has passed away, Hallmark’s tasteless and poorly timed Spock ornament, Fantastic Four’s production difficulties, a spy drama based off of Mythbusters might be in the works, the Constantine/Arrow crossover being a thing, and Misha Collins’s very bad day in Minneapolis.
Also, Trae shaved off his beard and it looks super weird.
Yvonne Craig has died according to her family. Craig succumbed to a two year battle with cancer, passing away in her California home.
Craig is best known to our readers as the actress who played Batgirl in the classic 1960s Batman television series – and the Barbara Gordon Batgirl effectively only exists in the comics because of it.
I have fond memories of watching the Batman series as a child, and especially of Craig’s performances on the show. To say that she had a positive effect on the world would be an understatement — and it’s always sad to see someone like her go.
Yvonne Craig was 78 years old, and she will be missed.
On this episode we talk about the announced animated Batman movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi taking the reigns of Godzilla 2016, the X-Files limited series being confirmed, Sony’s bizarre desire to make a Robotech film franchise, Gen Con’s reactions to Indiana’s RFRA, and an awesome little convention in DeKalb called Karoshi Con.
And we have a whole bunch of new listener mail to boot!
I’m a big fan of the 1960s Batman TV series. I literally spent hours upon hours of my childhood watching reruns of the classic series. Adam West and Burt Ward were my introduction to Batman and Robin (as Keaton had yet to put on the cowl).
With the Bluray release of the series selling well (and the success of the Batman 66 digital comic), there’s been a lot of buzz around the show lately, and it looks like it’s not stopping.
At a recent appearance, Burt Ward and Adam West revealed that they will star in an animated feature length film to be released on the 50th anniversary of the 1960s series in 2016. Here’s the (short) clip:
We don’t know much else about the film (or the possibility of sequels if it sells well), but my inner-six year old is very, very excited.