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Batman: Win the Legends of the SuperHeroes Specials on DVD!

8 December 2010 8:31 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The classic Batman series still isn't available on DVD so fans have had to be satisfied with the 1966 feature film. Now, it's possible to purchase another product that features Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, as well as Frank Gorshin as The Riddler.

Back in 1978, Hanna-Barbera produced a pair of live-action comedy specials called Legends Of The Super Heroes. In "The Challenge," the dynamic duo, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkman, Black Canary, and The Huntress must work to stop a band of villains from destroying the world. In the second special, the heroes are the target of a good-natured roast that's hosted by Ed McMahon.

This is the first time that these specials have been released on DVD and the quality is quite good for projects that were video-taped. The Warner Bros. Archives DVD also contains »


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Interviews: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar at 2010 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

16 November 2010 3:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con was another huge success this past summer, gathering together comic and pop culture fans. One of the highlights of the event was the reunion of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) from the 1960s Batman TV show.

West and Ward did a special Q&A with attendees in a huge ball room (highlights below) and Julie Newmar sat down with for an in-depth interview of her long career. All sat for photographs with Joe Arce.

Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman

Adam West and Burt Ward will always be the legendary crime fighting duo, Batman and Robin. The original run of the ABC-tv series was from 1966-68, beginning with the unique two episode a week run. Batmania exploded in the U.S. during the time, reviving the Dark Knight for future incarnations. Ward is currently retired from acting, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Legends Of The Superheroes DVD Review

12 November 2010 10:25 AM, PST | | See recent news »

At least now we know why they wear masks.

Take another look at The Dark Knight before you watch Legends of the Superheroes. Revel in its thematic complexity,  expertly plotted action,  narrative sophistication and performances from the best actors in the world. It will help you appreciate just how far comic book adaptations have come from… well, from this. Hit the jump for my complete review.

Legends of the Superheroes exists in the same circle of hell as The Star Wars Holiday Special: a perverse curiosity so mind-numbingly awful that  it achieves a bizarre sort of perfection. To look upon it is to flirt with madness; you don’t so much watch as gape in saucer-eyed disbelief that real, actual grown-ups signed off on such a mess. It stems from an era when “children’s entertainment” served as an excuse for all matter of creative sins, from shoddy production »

- Rob Vaux

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Review: 'Legends of the Superheroes'

3 November 2010 7:02 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

The 1970s was not a kind decade for live-action television based on comic book heroes. First there was the Cathy lee Crosby misfire of a Wonder Woman telefilm then there were the Reb Brown Captain America telefilms. Spider-Man made it to prime time as a series but it didn’t resemble the comic in tone or style and died a swift death.  But the absolute most mind-numbing and cringe worthy hours featured DC Comics’ stalwart heroes and villains.

I’ve never seen an NBC executive explain what made them think the two specials that aired in January 1979. The Challenge and The Roast, aired as Legends of the Superheroes, were probably the first time mass audiences were introduced to Green Lantern or Flash or Hawkman but they certainly knew Adam West’s Batman, Burt Ward’s Robin and Frank Gorshin’s delightful Riddler. As a result, the aging trio donned the »

- Robert Greenberger

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Legends of the Super Heroes DVD Review

29 October 2010 9:55 AM, PDT | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

Legends of the Super Heroes DVD Reviewcourtesy of our network site

Starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin

Available for the First Time Ever On DVD, exclusively from the 

Synopsis: Heroes and villains of DC Comics square off in the two-part, live-action, made-for-tv (with a laugh track!) smackdowns of Legends of the Super Heroes. The Challenge: Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward of the live-action Batman TV series) lead The Flash, Green Lantern and more Jla members against The Riddler (Frank Gorshin reprising his TV role), Mordru, Weather Wizard and other Doom-dealers. The Legion’s ultimate gambit: trick the heroes into downing a diabolical depowering drink! The Roast: Poking fun beats swapping punches when celebrity host Ed McMahon emcees a rowdy rave-up. Who knew DC Super Heroes and villains packed as much verbal wit as »

- THE LEGION fan network

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Batman & Robin Get Ambushed By Solomon Grundy In This Rare 'Legends Of The Super Heroes' Clip!

26 October 2010 8:14 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

More than a decade after the campy "Batman" series left the airwaves, Adam West and Burt Ward reprised their roles in 1979's "Legends of the Super Heroes," a two-part miniseries (emphasis on "mini"). The special saw the dynamic duo teaming up with costumed colleagues like the Flash and Green Lantern to face against the Riddler (once again portrayed by Frank Gorshin), Mordru, Weather Wizard, and other villains.

The episodes are now available on DVD through the Warner Archive site, and we have an exclusive taste of the retro excellence. In the clip below, Batman and Robin run into a bit of car trouble, but manage to make it to a garage. However, their luck turns when they discover who their mechanic is...

"Legends of the Super Heroes" is available now.

Let us know what you think of the clip in the comment section or on Twitter! »

- Brian Jacks

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Favourite Fashions From Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

3 October 2010 6:06 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Less a costume movie and more a fashion one, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) is typical of its celebrated naughty director Russ Meyer in all the best possible ways.

Meyer fills the screen with a beautiful cast in cute outfits and expects us to take it all seriously. Thing is, he actually has something serious to say. Emphatically not a sequel to Valley of the Dolls made in 1967 (although that was its original intention), this softcore send-up was filmed soon after the tragic murder of actress Sharon Tate – star of Valley of the Dolls. Here Myer admonishes not only the perils of fame itself, but of believing it.

Bursting with hedonistic fun before a shockingly violent conclusion, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is simply alive with colourful sixties outfits. Mainly designed by David Hayes (as ‘De Graff of California’), it does help that his ensembles are worn by »

- Chris Laverty

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Slideshow: 28 Celebrity Portraits From Wizard World’s 2010 Chicago Comic Con

30 August 2010 7:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It was Chicago’s turn for Comic Con action the weekend of August 20th-22th, and even ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich showed up to greet fans and sign autographs. Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lindsay Wagner, Mickey Dolenz, John Savage and Linda Blair were also among the celebrities gracing the show.

Click “Next” and “Previous to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Comicon1: Claudia Wells, the original Jennifer in ‘Back to the Future,’ poses with an old friend at the Chicago Comic Con.

Comicon2: Claudia Wells (Jennifer) and James Tolkan (Principal Strickland) celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ‘Back to the Future.’ Comicon3: The Caped Crusader and ‘Family Guy’ Mayor, the great Adam West. Comicon4: Robin the Boy Wonder, Mr. Burt Ward. Comicon5: The Purrrr-fect Catwoman, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Would You Wear These Batman & Robin Shoes Out in Public?

29 August 2010 1:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Batman and Robin still haven't gotten the stink of Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin off of their dynamic duo, even after 13 years. I'd imagine there's little chance of Christopher Nolan using Robin in his next Batman film, and Batman himself has a notoriously high turnover rate for boy wonder sidekicks (he's now on his fourth).

So, is there a market for Batman and Robin sneakers? Probably so, since Adam West and Burt Ward are both still alive and kicking. That's at least two customers right there if the shoes ever come to market (the comic book-inspired shoes are strictly prototypes right now). But what about you? Do you own the perfect pair of green-scaled underwear that would go great, bare-legged, with a pair of Robin shoes from Brass Monki?

(via Dangerous Minds)

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- John Gholson

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"FanExpo Canada" - August 27, 28, 29

24 August 2010 3:46 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

This year's "FanExpo Canada", presented by Rogers, runs August 27, 28 and 29 @ the Metro Toronto Convention Centre .

The history of the event started with the launch of the 'Canadian National Comic Book Expo' in 1995. In 1998 the 'Canadian National Anime Expo' joined the Comic Book Expo to provide fans with a diverse range of entertainment, followed by the 'Science Fiction Expo' in 1999.

Rue Morgue, who sponsors the 'Festival of Fear', aka 'Horror Expo', joined in 2004, followed by the 'Gaming Expo' in 2005.

The five genres (Comic, Anime, Science Fiction, Horror and Gaming) were re-branded and merged to become Fan Expo Canada, now entering its 16th year.

This year's event will showcase 600 exhibits covering 250,000 square feet.

Each year the Expo has a celebrity guest list who sign autographs, host presentations and conduct question/answer sessions with their fans.

This year's celebrity attendees include Marvel Comics creator Stan "The Man" Lee, artists Andy Kubert, Adam Kubert, »

- Michael Stevens

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What happens after Nolan? The future of the Batman franchise

9 July 2010 5:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

If Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie really is his last, what's next for the franchise? We break down a few possibilities...

With the release of Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated Inception upon us, and the auteur's attention about to turn toward his third (and most likely) final trip to Gotham City, we ask the question that Bat-fans everywhere are pondering: what happens after Nolan?

1. Take a break

The big question many people have is: how can anyone successfully follow on from Chris Nolan?

Assuming his third and final entry is of comparable quality to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Nolan will have crafted the definitive multi-movie superhero cycle with a definable beginning, middle and end. It can be argued that his interpretation of the Dark Knight is now the definitive version in terms of the wider culture, and that any subsequent iteration will suffer by comparison.

With that in mind, »

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Porn Goes Retro; Turns To Legendary Super Heroes

12 May 2010 3:43 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


It might be Batgirl who shouts "To the Batpole!" in the X version of the classic TV series.

By Lee Pfeiffer

It might give new meaning to the term "Coming Soon!" The porn industry is feeling the heat from all those free dirty movies that are omnipresent on the web. Consequently, revenues have declined for X-rated DVDs and downloads. However, the industry is quite adept at renewing itself with clever concepts and it looks like the latest plan may result in a temporary surge in profits. The porn company Vivid is unleashing a series of X-rated retro spoofs of legendary pop culture heroes beginning with Batman XXX. The video will be based on the classic 1960s spoof TV series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. In the works are X-rated versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and The Hulk. Unlike low-budget porn spoofs of the past, these will have considerable production values. »

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Holy highway code! A flashback to the vehicles of the Batman TV show

5 March 2010 10:13 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

When you're a hero or villain without the superpowers of flight or superspeed, you have to get around by adapting traditional modes of transport.

Arguably the most famous superhero vehicle is the Batmobile, as seen in the 60s TV show and its film spin-off as well as in various redesigns in the Batman movies of recent years. And who can forget Danny DeVito's Penguin in his Duckmobile.

The Breakdown Cover website has revisited the 60s Batman TV show, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, to compile a list of the vehicles used by the dynamic duo and their villainous opponents.

It's an hilarious reminder of the camp and cartoonish colourfulness of the comic book era before it was taken much more seriously.

Among the most purrfectly preposterous and comical is the Cat-illac (pictured right) which was Catwoman's 'kitty car' complete with ears, whiskers, eyes and a tail.

Without a hint of secrecy or subtlety, »

- David Bentley

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Sundance docs: A riveting look at the man who sold Washington, plus the Picasso of paparazzi and combat shock

24 January 2010 1:47 PM, PST | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

The director Alex Gibney now sets the gold standard for documentary muckraking. His movies, like Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) and the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), are electrifying investigations that probe deep beneath the surface of contemporary events; after you've seen one, you feel you know something essential about what's happened in America that you didn't grasp before. When Gibney got up at Sundance to introduce his powerful new movie, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, he noted that the recent Supreme Court decision knocking down any and all restrictions on campaign finance had made the film "rivetingly relevant. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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