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In the original DC comics, this series and the Batman movie that came along between the first and second seasons, it was millionaire Bruce Wayne and his young ward, Dick Grayson. Since the mid 90's, Bruce Wayne has been portrayed as a BILLIONAIRE in DC comics.

Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal and faithful butler. In the comic book, his last name is Pennyworth, but it is not mentioned in the television series or in this film.

Batman's base of operations.

Beneath stately Wayne Manor.

They gain access to the Batcave via Batpoles hidden in Bruce's study. There is a hidden switch inside a bust of William Shakespeare that, once flipped, causes a false bookcase to slide open, revealing the poles.

In the first season, by elevator. Starting in the second season (and something else shown in the 1966 feature film), compressed steam causes a platform at the base of the Batpoles to go back up.

Midway down the Batpoles, there is an "Instant Costume-Change Lever." This was depicted in the 1966 feature film that came out in between the first and second seasons of the television show.

The Batmobile, an atomic reactor, the Batcomputer and other devices.

Two primary methods: the "hot line," apparently a dedicated telephone line, and the Bat Signal, a spot light with a bat logo on the top of Gotham City hall.

If that's attempted, Batman has an alarm that goes off. He then can flip switches that send the trace to other telephone lines. This is shown during the second season when Gordon attempts a trace after it appears Batman has gone bad.

Gotham City is a fictional U.S. port city located on the north-eastern Atlantic coast. It was originally a stand-in for New York City, but has also been likened to other crime-ridden urban centers such as Chicago and Detroit. Some sources have placed Gotham City in the state of New Jersey; however, this cannot be considered definitive. The Gotham City of "Batman" (1966) seems to be a direct analog for New York City.

The current DC Universe version of Gotham City is actually a small island connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and tunnels. The east and south sides of Gotham face the Atlantic Ocean. The city is further divided by the Sprang River (named for Dick Sprang) on the northern end and the Finger River (for Bill Finger) to the south. Tiny Blackgate Isle to the south-east is home to Blackgate Maximum Security Penitentiary. Blackgate is replaced by Stonegate Peniteniary in the animated series "Batman" (1992) and its spin-offs.

His parents were "murdered by dastardly criminals," as he states in the pre-credits sequence of "Hi Diddle Riddle," the first episode. This fits in with the DC comics. In the DC comics from the 80's, the shooter of Bruce's parents was identified as Joe Chill, although, the Batman movie (1989) with Michael Keaton tried to state that it was a young Jack Napier long before he became the Joker.

The "big four" are the Riddler, the Penguin, the Joker and Catwoman. In the comic books the Riddler's real name was Edward Nygma (or E. Nigma). The Penguin's real name was Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. Catwoman's real name was Selina Kyle. The Joker's real identity is uncertain. The television show and spin-off theatrical film did not make use of any of their real identities in any capacity, including flashbacks.

Yes. The Green Hornet is mentioned three times on the show. On one occasion, the Hornet (Van Williams) and Kato (Bruce Lee) appear in a cameo as Batman and Robin walk up a wall. During this encounter, Batman and Robin seem aware that the Green Hornet and Kato are crime fighters. The Hornet even says he is on "special assignment" from the Daily Sentinel, the newspaper owned by Brit Reid (the Green Hornet's true identity). On another, Bruce and Dick are watching the Green Hornet television show but are interrupted. Finally, they meet again, except this time Batman is unaware the Green Hornet is a crime fighter (he poses as a criminal). In reality, the executive producer of both shows was William Dozier.

Yes. Among them: Jerry Lewis, Edward G. Robinson and Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer in the role he played on "Hogan's Heroes." Dick Clark also asked them if they were part of a band.

Although it is a popular rumor that is often taken as fact, in truth, Aunt Harriet was introduced into the Batman stories in Detecive Comics #328 in 1964 -- a full two years before the show hit the air. Aunt Harriet was introduced as a replacement for Alfred Pennyworth, who had died and would later be resurrected as the supervillain The Outsider, not realizing his true identity because of amnesia (Don't worry -- he eventually got better).

The role of the villain Two Face was Offered to Clint Eastwood, but producers felt that The Character would appear too frightening for children.

No, you are confusing two separate, different pieces of information.

-Clint Eastwood was considered as a special guest villain, but would have portrayed Two-Face (see the entry above.) The character of False Face (played by Malachi Throne) is believed to have been a "replacement" for this possible Two-Face incarnation.

-There was an entirely separate Western-themed villain named Shame, portrayed by Cliff Robertson.

As of June 2015: Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Glynis Johns (Lady Penelope Peasoup), Joan Collins (The Siren), and John Astin (Riddler- season 2). Van Williams (The Green Hornet) was billed as a "Special Guest Hero".

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