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The three Catwomen were actually three different people
Given that three different women played her in the series this seems kind of likely. My thinking is that the Newmar Catwoman is the original and was active for some years until her Disney Villain Death in "Better Luck Next Time." She was very badly injured and laid up for some months, during which time the events of the Movie occurred. Given she was able to "impersonate" a Russian woman so well I wonder if Lee Meriwether's Catwoman actually was a Russian, a rogue Communist agent who looked enough like Catwoman to impersonate her and take part in Villain's four way scheme. Her motive was money but when the truth was discovered it was a huge embarrassment for the Russian's and she was thrown into jail where she is fighting deportation (to certain execution) and dodging the occasional agents of the Joker, Penguin, Riddler and of course Catwoman who are none pleased with being duped.

Following all this the Newmar Catwoman returned to crime in an attempt to restore her reputation and acted as Catwoman for most of Season two, however constant defeats and her injuries (as well as Batman's complete disinterest in her) led to her eventual final retirement during the gap between seasons. During this time she met the Kitt Catwoman a gifted thief and Criminal in her own right. Recognizing she could no longer remain active and not wanting a repeat of the recent fiasco she made an offer to Kitt, to let her take over the Catwoman role in exchange for a cut of the loot (The Newmar Catwoman having lost most of her ill-gotten gains due to constant imprisonment).

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Kitt accepted and over the next few months established herself. While her skin color alone made it clear this wasn't the same Catwoman word soon got around the underworld that Kitt was Newmar's chosen heiress and she quickly proved herself a worthy successor. One condition the Newmar Catwoman laid down was no flirting with Batman, but luckily the Kitt Catwoman is not interested in him anyway, although she might be bisexual given some of her interactions with Batgirl.

The "Catwoman" in "The entrancing Doctor Cassandra" is the Meriwether one, still in jail after the United world fiasco. By this point the other major villain's have mostly given up caring about her, and she only joins in the breakout in the hope of getting away to a country with no extradition treaty (as as far from the other two Catwomen as possible). She's badly out of practice by this time and doesn't put up much of a fight when the plan goes pearshaped.

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The Bat-Shark-Repellent is really...
Ground stout-punching fish. Hell, it makes as much sense as anything else in that movie.

Professor Mackelroy owes one of Tut's "Queens" child support.
Self-explanatory, really.

The Final Issue of Batman '66
  • Will involve Batman joining the Superfriends, complete with Wendy, Marvin, and a Superman that looks like George Reeves.
    • Mostly jossed. The last issue (of the regular series; crossover minis still pop up every now and then) is basically a two-part homage to the Title Sequence, though it does do a bit of World Building by establishing that the Daily Planet, Jack Ryder, and Billy Batson all exist.
    • The later Wonder Woman '77 crossover also ends with Wonder Woman broaching the idea of a Justice League, though as of this writing (September 2017) nothing's really come of it.

The Waynes Weren't Killed
Bruce Wayne is MUCH more well-adjusted in that series, and Gotham itself is a much nicer place. My thought is that while the mugging still happened, Joe Chill didn't kill Thomas and Martha Wayne, but merely wounded them with his gun. This still inspired young Bruce to want to fight crime, and further inspired his parents to use their fortune to help clean up Gotham and end most of the petty crime. This is what connected the Waynes to the Gotham Police Department (thus explaining the social connection between Bruce and Commissioner Gordon in the series). Meanwhile Bruce, while not insanely driven to become the ultimate ninja and detective, still found it a good idea to learn at least one form of martial arts, and went to the best colleges he could. Thomas and Martha died eventually, but not in a sudden, tragic way that would cause a breakdown. As for what inspired the bat theme? Maybe he grew to like them in his studies, or something.
  • Jossed. In the first episode, Bruce clearly states that his parents were murdered.

The 1960s Gotham is a sociopathic No Woman's Land.
Ever notice that every time a guest villain comes back, he has a completely different gang? That's partly because all the henchmen are either freelancers who work for whichever villain will offer them the best deal, or they're guild members who contract with one villain after another on a temporary basis (we just didn't notice this because they were wearing different costumes while part of different gangs). But, then, why are the
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molls different? Can't any of these villains commit to a romantic relationship? The answer, of course, is no. No villain can stay in a relationship because he's always the one who ends the relationship - violently.

Every male villain we saw was a cold-blooded misogynist and considered the molls expendable. And why shouldn't they have? The molls usually weren't very intelligent, couldn't fight, and never did anything one of the male gang members couldn't have managed. After being captured and then escaping or being released from prison, the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, etc., each naturally concluded that the presence of the moll had compromised his plans, and so tracked her down and executed her as "punishment" for "causing his defeat." So why did they keep hiring new molls, you ask? Well, their profiles of insanity also included sexual perversion and sadomasochism, plus they needed a convenient "excuse" to keep killing women - an activity they all secretly enjoyed.

Suddenly, Batman's compulsion to get every moll he came across to reform takes on a new dimension of heroism. He wasn't being condescending and/or sexist. Quite the opposite: he knew that all these women were having their basic human rights violated on a regular basis, and getting them out of a life of crime was the only surefire way to bring about true equality in Gotham (and save their lives, of course).

The 1960's Joker wore makeup.
The Joker is described in his fist appearance as a "master of disguise", yet the only time this is really seen is when he impersonates a fat Majarajah. So perhaps the white face, painted lips, and garish green wig are the disguise (and here Fridge Logic would kick in as ask why the police never thought to simply take a bar of soap and water to Joker's ugly mug). Notice that when Joker wore "normal" clothing it always hung oddly on him, showing Cesar Romero's unpainted neck and wrists, thus bolstering the theory that the clown getup was just a gimmick to hide a handsome but troubled face. Showmanship? Trying not to shame his family? An already wanted criminal hiding in plain sight under greasepaint and a bad toupee? We'll never know why.

Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered by supervillains.
Just a personal theory of mine, which I suggest because in the show Batman was never really depicted fighting any 'normal criminals' even though he still did so in the 60s comics. What's more, Batman was only called in whenever a supervillain showed up. These lead me to suspect that whoever killed the Waynes might actually have been a supervillain themselves, and why Batman tends to deal with those as an opposing force, like a subversion of the 'superhero paradox.'
  • Come to think of it, do regular crooks even exist in this universe?! Every crook I see has a bright colorful costume, even the henchmen.

Governor Stonefellow's first name is Reginald.
In the Adam West series, many jokes were made based on Gotham being outrageously similar to New York City, including the state governor's name being "Stonefellow", as a pun on New York State's then-governor, Nelson Rockefeller. Governor Stonefellow's first name was never mentioned in the series, but an issue of the comic contemporary with the series (Batman Volume 1, 194), had a character named Reginald Stonefellow who parodied other things Rockefeller was known for— his wealth and his interest in collecting art. Therefore, these two one-off characters may be comic and TV versions of the same man.

The professor is in full control of his King Tut persona.
Egyptologist Professor William McElroy is fully aware he is King Tut. He's faking amnesia (and insanity) to avoid going to prison. He is the smartest criminal on the show if you think about this. Just tell Batman and the cops you have a split personality, and they will send you home.

The events and overall world depicted in the 60s series are birthed from the imagination of the comic book Joker.
The modern iteration of The Joker that is most commonly depicted in comic books and most other media is far more dark and dangerous than the one in the 60s Batman show, and the same can be said of the universe he inhabits. This is because the 60s Batmanverse is merely a walking "fever dream" of the "real" Joker. The Harlequin of Hate has a marked disregard for the lives he takes and the general havoc he wreaks; that's because he thinks it's all a game, a harmless romp where nobody really gets hurt. The show reflects Joker's exaggerated views of Batman as a stoic stick in the mud who takes himself way too seriously, Robin as a corny bundle of narmish, pedantic witticisms, the Gotham City Police Department as a bastion of ineffectual stupidity, and even his own contemporaries like The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman as mischievous, slightly sinister but ultimately benign criminal pranksters with a flair for the dramatic. This would also explain all of the more outre' and outlandish props, deathtraps and situations featured in the series, as such could only be sprung from a mind as uniquely outrageous as that of the Clown Prince of Crime. The "real" Joker doesn't think the stakes in the "real" world will ever get any higher than the "Dynamic Duo" being tied to a giant cuckoo clock deathtrap, from which they will naturally easily escape, only to defeat the villain of the week and restart the whole game all over again, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, next week.

Therapy is a lot more successful in this universe than the DC Universe.
Which is why the Joker is more of a goofy trickster, Batman is a lot happier and more well-adjusted, and his Rogues Gallery is more eccentric than crazy. Arkham Asylum isn't a Bedlam House either.

Miss KitKa is Catwoman's real identity in this universe.
The Miss Kitka persona was Catwoman's real identity before she turned to a life of crime. The only things were fake was her russian background and accent.

This Batman/Bruce Wayne is a virgin.
The bright knight seems like a boy scout in this show. This is the same guy who refuses to drop a bomb in a lake full of ducks. He obey all laws even when he is pursuing a crook. If Catwoman, or any woman, asks to sleep with him, he would refuse. He is a wait-til-we-get-married type of guy.
  • There was one episode where his date invited him to her apartment for "cookies and milk". A sly Aside Glance from Bruce lets the grown ups watching know that it's not that innocent.

Riddler, Catwoman, and Freeze are all Time Lords

The John Astin Riddler is really Gomez in disguise.
The Lurch cameo in one episode seems to implied that Addams Family is in the same universe as 1966 Batman. It's possible Gomez impersonated The Riddler to troll Batman and Robin.
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