Batman's "Lost Episode"
The Batman nostalgia continues. A week after the classic 1966-68 TV series starring Adam West made its (very) long-awaited debut on DVD and Blu-ray, another gem from the Batcave has surfaced. On Wednesday, DC Comics will publish the so-called "Lost Episode" from the series, a comic-book adaptation of a never-produced story.
Burt Ward and Adam West
It's about Bat-time! After being held up for decades due to brand-ownership and rights issues, the original 1966-68 Batman live-action TV series is being released on DVD and Blu-ray as a box set on Nov. 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. And it will be loaded up like Batman's utility belt with knockout extras, such as a complete episode guide and more than three hours of bonus features.
Batman and Robin are really going to need to load up their utility belts this time. A new story in DC Comics' popular Batman '66 digital series — based on the beloved Adam West TV series — spotlights two of the Dyanamic Duo's most iconic villains.
"For our latest story, artist Jonathan Case who kicked off the series, is returning for another big three-parter where The Joker and Catwoman bust out of confinement and turn Gotham City upside down," says series writer Jeff Parker. "We also see several other regular villains from the series in part one, where the Arkham Institute hosts a talent show featuring their criminal patients! Joker and Catwoman have a scheme to literally mess with everybody's minds."
Holy DVD, Batman!
The original Batman TV series from the 1960s, starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader, is finally going to be available to own.
When Batman's away, Catwoman will play — unless Batgirl has something to say about it. In this week's chapter of Batman '66, the digital comic based on the classic 1960s TV series Batman, Batgirl makes her debut, filling in for the Dynamic Duo, who are out of town on a case.
One of the (many) great things about the 1960s Batman TV series was the colorful rogues gallery who took on the Dynamic Duo. In addition to legendary comic book villains like the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin, producers of the series created their own assortment of baddies, often portrayed by Hollywood icons. Among the more inspired casting choices: Tallulah Bankhead played Black Widow, Milton Berle was Louie the Lilac and Vincent Price camped it up as Egghead.
Warner Bros. is going super with their official Comic-Con gear this year. When fans arrive at the annual San Diego convention, they will be distributed one of several different official Comic-Con bags — each with its own detachable cape!
Batman '66 Chapter 2
Holy revival, Batman! DC Comics has brought the Caped Crusader's iconic 1960s TV show back to life in a weekly digital comic book series. Batman '66 debuted last week with new vibrant adventures of Batman and Robin, famously played by Adam West and Burt Ward on the ABC series.
Malachi Throne, a character actor known for his roles on Batman and Star Trek, died Wednesday. He was 84.
Get ready for another superhero series!
This fall on The CW's Arrow, fans will get to follow the exploits of DC Comics' Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a playboy who spent five years on a deserted island after a horrific boating accident. The prodigal son will return home and use the alias Green Arrow, a superhero who's super handy with a bow and arrow, to save his precious Star City from the criminals who lie in wait. Arrow has all the trademarks of a great superhero series, including a lost love — Katie Cassidy as Dinah "Laurel" Lance — and the loss of a, spoiler alert, parental figure.
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With the premiere of Arrow, The CW has the chance to once again be the home to a long-running superhero series that will not only attract Smallville followers, but also comic book aficionados and fanboys — and even fangirls! — alike. But — and this is a big but — the writers behind Arrow need to adhere to certain rules in hero series as to not make the same mistakes of the past. Therefore, we've created a list of things that Arrow should and shouldn't do in order to be successful based on tried-and-true heroic formats: