Holy Twisted Trivia! Fun Facts Behind The Scenes Of The TV Show Batman [VIDEO]
It was one of the campiest shows to hit TV in 1966.
Adam West and Burt Ward would take TV and pop culture by storm for 120 episodes of Batman.
The popularity of this show is what made 'Lost in Space' shift gears from a dramatic show (Season one) into a more comedic one (Season two and three).
Sadly this iconic show of the 'world's greatest detective' and his ever eager sidekick has not been released on DVD (yet), but recently there has been a surge of action figures, bobble-heads,comics and merchandising centered around the likeness of the actors in their (most famous) roles.
What does the Batman TV show have in common with 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
- Two sets of screen tests were filmed, one with Adam West and Burt Ward, the other with Lyle Waggoner and Peter R.J. Deyell.
- Mary Ann Mobley was the first choice to play Batgirl. The role went to Yvonne Craig.
- Jose Ferrer and Gig Young were considered for the role of the Joker. It is rumored that Frank Sinatra also expressed interest in the part.
- Before Julie Newmar landed the role of Catwoman, one of the original choices was Suzanne Pleshette.
- Mickey Rooney turned down the role of The Penquin.
- The Batmobile was a custom 1955 Lincoln Futura. There were five cars made for the series.
- The scenes of the villains' hideouts were filmed at an angle, because all the villains were 'crooked.'
- There were 84 different word 'pops' that were used during the fight scenes ('Bam,' 'Kapow,' etc.)
- It received the worst audience test scores in the history of ABC.
- Cesar Romero (The Joker) refused to shave his mustache, so the makeup department painted over it.
- In the first season, Burt Ward (Robin) was paid $350 a week.
- A total of 352 'Holy' phrases were used by Robin.
- During the 2 1/2 year run of the show, Mr. Freeze had the most actors play the role: George Sanders, Otto Preminger and Eli Wallach.
Even though there is no DVD release, at least we can catch up with the 'Dynamic Duo' on YouTube.
Batman was the fist show to hold two spots in the weekly Neilsen ratings every week. The next time this would happen was in 1999 with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Here is a rare video of Burt Ward's (Robin) Screen test.