History Trivia / Batman

13th Oct '17 2:35:00 AM ClintEastwood
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* NoSuntDouble: Burt Ward was required to do his own stunts. This was partly because Robin's DominoMask would make hiding a double's face harder, and partly because the studio wanted to save money by not having to pay another stunt double. Burt was a legitimate martial artist, but by the time the show was over, he had been hospitalized over a dozen times.



** Mr. Freeze had it the worst however, as he had a different actor every time he appeared; George Sanders played him in his first appearance, Otto Preminger played him the second time, and Eli Wallach was the third and final actor in the role.

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** Mr. Freeze had it the worst however, as he had a different actor every time he appeared; George Sanders Creator/GeorgeSanders played him in his first appearance, Otto Preminger Creator/OttoPreminger played him the second time, and Eli Wallach Creator/EliWallach was the third and final actor in the role.
1st Oct '17 4:06:47 AM ClintEastwood
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: One of the reasons the show used the Bat-phone far more than the more well-known Bat-signal was because it was supposed to be cool that Batman would have a phone in his car and would let the show seem more high-tech. More recent comic storylines even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this, with Commissioner Gordon asking if he could just have Batman's cell phone number instead of having to turn on the Bat-signal every time he needed help.
27th Sep '17 12:55:03 PM SeptimusHeap
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** Prepare to cry Batfans, as there were plans to continue the film series as a comic book series taking place after ''BatmanReturns'' and [[CanonDiscontinuity ignoring]] ''BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' titled ''[[http://joequinones.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/batman-89.html Batman '89]]''.

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** Prepare to cry Batfans, as there were plans to continue the film series as a comic book series taking place after ''BatmanReturns'' ''Film/BatmanReturns'' and [[CanonDiscontinuity ignoring]] ''BatmanForever'' ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' titled ''[[http://joequinones.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/batman-89.html Batman '89]]''.
17th Sep '17 5:44:06 PM NightShade96
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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/AdamWest described Neil Hamilton as somewhat difficult to work with, due to him taking his work very seriously, even a silly show like this.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/AdamWest described Neil Hamilton as somewhat difficult to work with, due to him taking his work very seriously, even on a silly show like this.
15th Sep '17 12:34:19 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FanNickname: This incarnation of Batman is often referred to as the "Bright Knight" or "Camp Crusader" to distinguish him from darker, more serious takes on the character.
10th Sep '17 10:21:22 AM ClintEastwood
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Mayor Linseed was a takeoff on the name of the mayor of New York City at that time, John Lindsey.
** Queenie (Nancy Kovack), the Joker's moll during his first appearance in the third episode, is a pretty obvious imitation of Creator/MarilynMonroe; her voice, makeup, facial tics and even some of the costumes she wears are direct or nearly direct references to MM.
10th Sep '17 10:20:44 AM ClintEastwood
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** It may be a coincidence, but Edward Everett Horton appears in the 1st Egghead episode as Chief Screaming Chicken; he played a similarly named Indian Roaring Chicken, on the first several episodes of Series/FTroop

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** It may be a coincidence, but Edward Everett Horton appears in the 1st Egghead episode as Chief Screaming Chicken; he played a similarly named Indian Roaring Chicken, on the first several episodes of Series/FTroop''Series/FTroop''.
* ActorInspiredElement: Creator/BurgessMeredith had not smoked in 20 years when he was cast as the Penguin. He came up with the Penguin's distinctive squawking sound because the cigarettes were irritating his throat. Like his trademark "quack", the Penguin's waddling was largely a result of improvisation by Burgess Meredith, as he found it difficult to stand and walk straight while wearing the rubber padded fat suit that was part of his costuming.



* BigNameFan: According to Creator/AdamWest, Robert F. Kennedy was a fan of the show. Attempts were made to have him make a cameo as a character named Attorney General, but details could not be worked out.



* CreatorBacklash / OldShame: "True or False Face/Holy Rat Race" were William Dozier's least favorite episodes, referring to them as "a bomb."

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* CreatorBacklash / OldShame: CreatorBacklash[=/=]OldShame: "True or False Face/Holy Rat Race" were William Dozier's least favorite episodes, referring to them as "a bomb."



* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/AdamWest described Neil Hamilton as somewhat difficult to work with, due to him taking his work very seriously, even a silly show like this.



** Queenie (Nancy Kovack), the Joker's moll during his first appearance in the third episode, is a pretty obvious imitation of MarilynMonroe; her voice, makeup, facial tics and even some of the costumes she wears are direct or nearly direct references to MM.

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** Queenie (Nancy Kovack), the Joker's moll during his first appearance in the third episode, is a pretty obvious imitation of MarilynMonroe; Creator/MarilynMonroe; her voice, makeup, facial tics and even some of the costumes she wears are direct or nearly direct references to MM.



* RealLifeRelative: Shame's fiancee in "The Great Escape"/"The Great Train Robbery" was played by Cliff Robertson's then-wife, actress Dina Merill.

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* RealLifeRelative: Shame's fiancee in "The Great Escape"/"The Escape"[=/=]"The Great Train Robbery" was played by Cliff Robertson's then-wife, actress Dina Merill.



* RecycledSet: Superintendent Watson's office at "Ireland Yard" in the "Londinium" three-parter is an obvious redress of Commissioner Gordon's office set. So obvious that Gordon [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the similarity, noting that due to the similar demands of police work worldwide, ''all'' police commissioners' offices are essentially the same!

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* RecycledSet: RecycledSet:
** The Batcave set was built on the exact spot where the Skull Island Gate was located in ''Film/KingKong1933''. This was pointed out by a visitor to the set who had served as a technician on "Kong".
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Superintendent Watson's office at "Ireland Yard" in the "Londinium" three-parter is an obvious redress of Commissioner Gordon's office set. So obvious that Gordon [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the similarity, noting that due to the similar demands of police work worldwide, ''all'' police commissioners' offices are essentially the same!



* SoMyKidsCanWatch:
** Creator/OttoPreminger was locked out of his house by his grandchildren until he said yes to playing Mr. Freeze.
** Creator/EliWallach chose to play Mr. Freeze so that his three children, Peter, Roberta and Katherine, could watch him.
** Tallulah Bankhead saw appearing on the series as an opportunity to entertain her grandchildren.



* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Eli Wallach chose to play Mr. Freeze so that his three children, Peter, Roberta and Katherine, could watch him.
* ThrowItIn: Burgess Meredith made up The Penguin's squawking laughter to mask the cough smoking gave him.

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* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Eli Wallach chose to play Mr. Freeze so that his three children, Peter, Roberta and Katherine, could watch him.
* ThrowItIn: Burgess Meredith
ThrowItIn:
** Creator/BurgessMeredith
made up The Penguin's squawking laughter to mask the cough smoking gave him.him.
** Cesar Romero's Joker laugh was created almost by accident. Shortly after being cast, Romero met with producers to discuss his role on his series. While waiting to meet with them, Romero happened to see conceptual art of Joker's costuming. Romero felt the pictures almost looked absurd, and as a result spontaneously broke out into a playfully loud and almost manic laughter. A producer overhearing it responded by telling Romero "That's it, that's your Joker's laugh!"



* WagTheDirector: Creator/CesarRomero refused to shave off his moustache to play the Joker. It was painted over with makeup and it's quite noticeable.



** ''Creator/SpencerTracy'' was offered the role of The Penguin, but would accept only on the condition that the series got to end with him killing Batman.

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** ''Creator/SpencerTracy'' was offered the role of The Penguin, but would accept only on the condition that the series got to end with him killing Batman. Creator/MickeyRooney was also offered the role.
27th Aug '17 7:18:12 AM comicwriter
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** Some of the earlier drafts focused on Batman's origins and featured Robin.

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** Some of the earlier drafts focused on Batman's origins and featured Robin. Robin, whose parents would've accidentally been killed by the Joker while he was fleeing Batman. Irish actor Ricky Addison Reed was cast as Dick Grayson, but the segment was ultimately cut from the script.
6th Aug '17 5:43:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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** That hooker who smiles at LittleJimmy in the film's opening scene? Originally, she was supposed to be ''[[{{Lolicon}} only 14 years old]]''. She was also going to be shown chatting casually with a couple of cops, showing us how corrupt the Gotham police are even before we meet Eckhart.

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** That hooker who smiles at LittleJimmy in the film's opening scene? Originally, she was supposed to be ''[[{{Lolicon}} only ''only 14 years old]]''.old''. She was also going to be shown chatting casually with a couple of cops, showing us how corrupt the Gotham police are even before we meet Eckhart.
1st Aug '17 12:51:00 PM Silverblade2
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* [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Batman]]: Creator/AdamWest was so strongly associated with the role of Batman that it permanently typecast him and killed his then-fledgling acting career. After failing to distance himself from the series, he eventually got over it and not only embraced this reputation, but even managed to partially escape it by [[AdamWesting turning into a parody of himself.]]

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* [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Batman]]: IAmNotSpock: Creator/AdamWest was so strongly associated with the role of Batman that it permanently typecast him and killed his then-fledgling acting career. After failing to distance himself from the series, he eventually got over it and not only embraced this reputation, but even managed to partially escape it by [[AdamWesting turning into a parody of himself.]]



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Tthe film has held up pretty well, in large part due to the 1940s style in the production design and more (heck, one scene shows a character reading a newspaper dated to 1947)... but the "smooth funk" songs by Music/{{Prince}} on the soundtrack do ''not'' help. Nor do some magazine covers we see: a 1980s-font cover of ''Time'' and a ''very'' '70s/'80s-looking cover of ''Vogue''. And the HellBentForLeather fashion sense of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's gang looks more than a little cheesy today, partly because leather jackets have become not only socially acceptable, but so commonplace that they're hardly noticed anymore.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Tthe film has held up pretty well, in large part due to the 1940s style in the production design and more (heck, one scene shows a character reading a newspaper dated to 1947)... but the "smooth funk" songs by Music/{{Prince}} on the soundtrack do ''not'' help. Nor do some magazine covers we see: a 1980s-font cover of ''Time'' and a ''very'' '70s/'80s-looking cover of ''Vogue''. And the HellBentForLeather fashion sense of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's gang looks more than a little cheesy today, partly because leather jackets have become not only socially acceptable, but so commonplace that they're hardly noticed anymore.
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