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With: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp, Madge Blake, Yvonne Craig, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin, Joan Collins, Ethel Merman, Victor Buono, Milton Berle, Vincent Price, Anne Baxter, Rudy Vallee, Glynis Johns, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Rush, Cliff Robertson, Dina Merrill, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Written by: Stanford Sherman, Charles Hoffman, Stanley Ralph Ross, Dwight Taylor, Elkan Allan
Directed by: Oscar Rudolph, Sam Strangis, George Waggner
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 655
Date: 11/12/2015

Batman: The Complete Third Season (1967)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Last year, Warner Home Video released the entire 1960s "Batman" TV series on a huge Blu-ray box set, but for those of us who couldn't afford such an investment, they have been releasing the series in smaller chunks on very fine DVDs (the picture is remastered and looks amazing either way). Finally, the complete third season makes its debut, with 26 episodes on four discs, plus a fifth disc full of nifty bonus features.

Many fans are against this series for the way it took the Dark Knight into colorful camp territory, but watching the shows again reveals a deep affection for the character, and a kind of respect amongst all the silliness. Indeed, the writing in most of the episodes is much smarter than it may seem. The show also has a carefree attitude, as if the makers could try just about anything and get away with it. I used to love watching reruns of this show as a kid, and it's safe to say that I'm having just as much fun with them now.

This third season brought the very welcome introduction of Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), an appealing sex symbol for boys and a symbol of female power for girls. The rest of the beloved rogue's gallery returns, with Eartha Kitt taking over as Catwoman, plus Joan Collins ("Siren"), Ethel Merman ("Lola Lasagne"), Milton Berle, Anne Baxter, Rudy Vallee, Glynis Johns, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, and Zsa Zsa Gabor joining in. The series ended too soon, but perhaps if it had gone on longer, it might have worn out its silly welcome.

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