For many later-era Baby Boomers and early Generation Xers out there, the only Batman available for them to admire was the 1960s TV show, a fabulously campy (although we probably didn't realize it at the time) superhero saga starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader, and Burt Ward as Robin, the Boy Wonder.
For me, a latch-key kid growing up in the 1970s, this TV show was on every afternoon (it had been syndicated by then) after school, so my first exposure to the Joker was Cesar Romero's performance (I never realized until later that he was famous for other things, and that he refused to shave his trademark mustache), as well as Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, and Frank Gorshin as the Riddler.
While other generations have their own favorite Batman saga (the late '80s/early '90s saw the Tim Burton-directed movies and the Val Kilmer/George Clooney era; the 2000s saw the Christian Bale-led films), us Xers still have a soft spot for West and Ward.
That's why it's cool to see these new videos pop up on YouTube. In the first one, courtesy of Kyle Roberts, we see a stop-motion version of the intro sequence, courtesy of action figures. I'm not really sure why they felt the need to bookend the video with some live-action footage with Catwoman and a non-Ben Affleck Batman, but the stop-motion part is cool.
Next we have the folks at CineFix, which creates "homemade movies" every Tuesday, has done this version of the intro as part of its "Batman month" of videos (stay tuned for other Batman-themed homemade versions).
If Lego is your preferred medium, you'll want to watch this one - it's a bit older (November 2011), but still worth another view:
Which one of these is your favorite? Lego, stop-motion or "homemade"? Let me know in the comments.
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