Podcast Episode 135: Batman ‘66 Exhibit
Revisiting Batmania with Burt Ward and fans of the 1960s TV show
Friday, February 2, 2018
Episode 135: Holy Nostalgia! Batman '66 Exhibit and Tribute
Take a tour of the Batman '66 Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum with exhibit organizer Roger Neal. Then celebrate the "Batman" '66 TV show with fan and guest curator Wally Wingert and collector Alex Zsolt, who loaned items from his personal collection to the exhibit. I'll also talk with fans David Glanzer, Dan Bois, and Batton Lash, about the impact the show had on them as kids, and finally, I interview Burt Ward who created the character of Robin, the Boy Wonder, on the TV show opposite Adam West's Batman.
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ABC launched the TV show "Batman" 52 years ago and forever changed the pop culture landscape.
"Batman" debuted on network television on Jan. 12, 1966 and became an immediate hit. The show was so popular that in between seasons one and two, a feature film, "Batman The Movie," was made.
The show has remained in syndication for decades, winning over new fans with every generation. The show's amazing longevity prompted Roger Neal to suggest a Batman '66 exhibit to the Hollywood Museum. When they approved his proposal he tapped Wally Wingert, a Batman fan and a voice actor in the Batman video games and recent animated films, to serve as guest curator.
For the exhibit, Wingert dedicates sections to Wayne Manor, the Bat Cave, a Rogue's Gallery and rare collectibles. The exhibit pops with the same colors and sensory overload as the TV show.
For this podcast, I will take you on a tour of the Batman '66 Exhibit with exhibit organizer Neal as well as speak with guest curator Wingert and collector Alex Zsolt, who loaned items from his personal collection to the exhibit. I'll also talk with David Glanzer, spokesperson for Comic-Con International as well as artists Dan Bois and Batton Lash about the impact the show had on them as kids, and finally, I interview Burt Ward who created the character of Robin, the Boy Wonder on the TV show opposite Adam West's Batman.
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Check out a video of the exhibit.
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