The Batmobile is an instantly recognizable vehicle, with its jet-black paint, flared wings, and cockpit-style seats. It’s fully armored and ready for action, just like its crime-fighting owners, Batman and Robin. Interestingly, the Batmobile was actually built on a 1955 Lincoln Futura, which was originally a concept car.
The iconic vehicle is kept in the Batcave, which is the secret underground lair of the dynamic duo. It’s the perfect place to store such a powerful and important piece of equipment, as they use it to chase down villains and save the day. The Batmobile is a true symbol of Batman’s dedication to fighting crime and protecting Gotham City.
First in Originality
Batman and Robin, the dynamic duo of crime-fighting, are known for their over-the-top superhero antics. The 1960s TV series, with its campy humor and colorful cast of villains and femme fatales, feels like a live-action cartoon that was lifted straight out of a comic book onto the small screen.
It was a groundbreaking show for its time and became a pop culture sensation, alongside the likes of James Bond and the Beatles. With its playful tone and zany action, it's often compared to a clean version of "Austin Powers" that predates the iconic spy spoof by decades. For a while, nothing else captured the public's imagination quite like "Batmania."
Comic to Screen
The pop-art visuals and lampoon-style satire of Batman evolved from the campy elements of the 1960s Batman comic books. Interestingly enough, executive producer William Dozier had never touched a comic book until he took on the Batman series. After reading a dozen of them from various vintages, he couldn’t imagine how he could bring the story to television.
Batman and Robin were these two straight-laced crime fighters who work legitimately, hand-in-hand, with the police commissioner of Gotham City. Then came the epiphany. Dozier made the dynamic duo so square that it would be an amusing crime series parody for adults and a superhero program for kids.
Holy Dynamic Duo! Screening the Heroes
Adam West and Burt Ward were perfectly cast as millionaire Bruce Wayne and his trusty sidekick Dick Grayson. When duty calls, they transform into Batman and Robin, don their superhero suits, and zoom off in the Batmobile to fight crime and save Gotham City.
However, many fans may not realize that Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell were also considered for the roles of the dynamic duo. In the end, West and Ward won out, and their chemistry on screen was undeniable. Interestingly, Waggoner went on to star as a superhero in his own right, playing Steve Trevor on the hit show "Wonder Woman" alongside Lynda Carter.
The Bat Pilot Screening Flopped
The test screening of the pilot episode scored in the forties. That’s low, embarrassingly low. Adam West said it was “the worst score in the history of pilot testing” in his memoir "Back to the Batcave." But director Dozier was confident. He couldn’t imagine the clever, avant-garde series flopping once it hit television.
And that was the thing. The program was so new and so different, bringing comic books to live acting and featuring fight scenes with cartoon exclamations; people just were not used to it. It was a totally fresh concept. Dozier was right. Batman soared in the ratings on day one.