I grew up watching reruns of the 1960’s Batman television series starring Adam West, Burt Ward and a host of celebrity villains. The show appealed to me on a superficial level because it had…superheroes! Fights scenes! Evil villains! It was a must-watch every day and it killed me — killed me! — when they ended it on a cliffhanger, like they usually did. How dare they make me tune it to the show tomorrow at the same bat-time on the same bat-channel. Those bastards.
I caught some reruns of the show recently, which is airing on some network on the endless cable channels, and it’s surprising how appealing the show still is — for entirely different reasons, of course. I was too young to appreciate it when I was a youngster, but the camp factor was always in overdrive. Now that I’m…an oldster…I’m amazed at how a show like that still holds up.
The reason I’m reminded of all this is because Batman The Complete TV Series is being reelased in November. A limited edition Blu-ray version comes with a couple of extras like a Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile, an Adam West Scrapbook, Vintage Trading Cards and an Episode Guide. (If they were smart, they would have packed it with The Official Batman Batbook, which I bought in the 1980s and is awesome.) The old man that I am is a little embarrassed to admit that the little boy in me is excited about this.
Check out the trailer for the new release: