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Batman and Kato
The Le (08/20/2010)
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BATMAN
Batman and the Green Hornet and KatoThe original 1960's Batman series was an interesting show. It was full of camp, but it was highly successful. It only lasted 3 measely seasons, but that took them to a whopping 120 episodes! (most seasons only last 22 episodes).

I didn't come into existence until well after the show was canceled, but it was still in full syndication while I was growing up and I actually liked it a lot (not so much these days though). As far as I can tell, every plot revolved around 2 episodes, the first ending on a cliffhanger and the second would resolve it. It was quite brilliant actually as kids could easily get hooked on the cliffhanger knowing there would be a resolution the following week!

My understanding is that stories got weaker and the budget was being cut, and the show was ultimately canceled due to low ratings. Interestingly enough, Adam "Batman" West claimed that the show started to fail when ABC began airing 2 episodes in the same week -- he felt that the lack of weekly suspense is what caused the ratings downfall. Who knows?

GREEN HORNET
Also airing on ABC (the same year as Batman) was the Green Hornet tv show starring Van Williams and the awesome Bruce Lee. I won't lie -- I've never actually seen a full episode of the Green Hornet, but my understanding is that it didn't have the campiness that the Batman tv show. Lasting only 26 episodes, the Green Hornet was eventually canceled, but we do have a movie reboot coming soon. It's too bad, since we can never get enough of Bruce Lee.

Did you know that there was a Batman / Green Hornet crossover? It's true. No need to try and explain the episode to you... that's what youtube is for...

 


What did you think of the Batman and Green Hornet tv series?


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I found out once that Burt Ward was actually one of Bruce Lee's sparring partners and they knew each other before their respective t.v shows came into being

Posted by: aaron on 2/7/2011 11:11:56 PM
one my best of all time. no matter how old it gets i loveit.

Posted by: sheldon oliver on 12/31/2010 3:19:56 PM
One of many great potential clix for a new INDY set. Spoke to a Nekka guy at Gen Con though and they thinking is that INDY is too expensive for the ammount of money that can be made. However battle packs, like Hex, might be possible. How about Green Hornet battle pack? Blade? Buffy? the imagination boggles!

Posted by: inspired stranger on 8/24/2010 4:31:33 PM
Sadly, you can only pic up the 1966 series as bootlegs. While DC Comics owns Batman, Fox owns the tv series and, as I hear it, they have never been able to come up with a compromise to allow the series to be released on DVD. The movie apparently was not covered in the original license which is why you can find it on DVD. I picked up the bootlegs of the series at a convention a few years back. There were rumors that a deal had been worked out a deal as part of a settlement so the Watchmen movie could be released. Apparently, it was not so.

Posted by: lordoracle on 8/23/2010 9:21:41 PM
Oh please oh please Give me a Kato Clix!

Posted by: jowenr2 on 8/21/2010 9:32:57 AM
Bruce Lee would not film the initial script, where he was to fight with Robin and loose. A compromise was reached and the two fought to a draw before joining forces. Bruce did not care that Robin was more popular, he would not let it be believed that Robin was a more skilled fighter than Kato.

Posted by: papyrus on 8/20/2010 7:49:07 PM
Great find! I don't remember this episode at all... Robin vs. Kato... Burt Ward vs. Bruce Lee... HAHAHAHA...

Posted by: WolvieFan9 on 8/20/2010 2:35:50 PM
They actually appeared in 2 episodes as guest heros and one other one that they just popped out of the windows. Neither DR or Marvel owns the rights to the Green Hornet and Kato.

Posted by: RJ Adams on 8/20/2010 12:28:11 PM
did you know the head of scripts, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. started on the Stan Freberg show and brought Stan Freberg back from advertising to help on Batman. Freberg was responsible for John & Martha comedy gag that we saw in the season opener between Peggy and he new beau in Mad Men. Freberg went on to work with Jay Ward on Rocky & Bullwinkle. Freberg ghosted on a lot of Hollywood programs including Batman and Green Hornet.
With the new Green Hornet film next Spring maybe we could get a Green Hornet battlepack like we did with Jonah Hex?

Posted by: David TG Riches on 8/20/2010 11:07:50 AM
Yeah I remember one episode where they just popped in for a minute. Batman and RObin were doing the Wall Crime when Kato and The Green Hornet Pop their heads out of a Window and they have a short discussion "Oh We're just catching Bad Guys'....WEll See ya"

Posted by: Troma99 on 8/20/2010 11:03:06 AM
I was in 6th Grade when the batman TV show first came on. It was shown twice a week, I think it was Tuesday and Wednesday (same Bat-time, same bat-channel) and the first show set up the cliff-hanger for the second.
I also watched the Green Hornet, which was not played for laughs and "campy" like Batman, but also wasn't as popular. I assume the cross-over was to boost ratings for the Green Hornet.
Like most "properties" I assume we don't have the Green Hornet in clix form due to copyright issues. Even the PEP Comics properties like The Mighty Crusaders aren't actually owned by DC, even though they are running a series with them now. Same reason we've seen Conan and Tarzan and others in various companies books at times. They buy the rights to do a run but the copyright holder maintains the "ownership." It's a shame cause it does keep us from getting some really cool clix!

Posted by: Tom730 on 8/20/2010 9:56:37 AM
Really? I don't know that Green Hornet in Batman tv show?! Seem I miss it! Hope I can get Batman season dvd and I can watch with subtitle. Thanks for share with us! Bruce Lee can kick Robin's butt! lol

Posted by: Caleb on 8/20/2010 1:16:32 AM