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Adam West agreed to do the film partly with a stipulation to have more screen time as Bruce Wayne.
Cesar Romero (The Joker) refused to shave his mustache during filming so they covered it with makeup instead.
Filming of the movie began before Lee Meriwether was cast for the movie. As a result, Catwoman does not appear with the other villains in the first scene aboard the Penguin's submarine.
The BatBoat was built especially for the film by the Glastron boat company. In exchange for their cooperation, the producers agreed to hold the film's world premiere in Austin, Texas, Glastron's headquarters.
The Penguin's line "We shall hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately" was a humorous phrase spoken by Benjamin Franklin when he was in danger of being accused of high treason by his fellow delegates.
Julie Newmar (Catwoman in the TV series) does not appear in this film because she did not know about it and had signed to do another project. By the time she was informed, she could not get out of the other commitment in time to do this movie.
A follow up film was at one point considered. The film would have been released between seasons two and three, and would have been used to introduce Barbara Gordon/Bat Girl, and make use of a Batplane. Due to waning interest in the series during season two, which resulted in budget cuts, plans for a second film were scratched.
Originally planned as the pilot film for the Batman (1966) TV series, the movie was instead produced between the show's first and second seasons. The producers took advantage of the larger budget to have a number of new Bat-gadgets constructed, such as the BatBoat.
At the end of the film, one of the United World delegates is seen banging his shoe on the table while yelling. This is a parody of Nikita Khrushchev's famous behavior during a debate in the United Nations General Assembly on October 12, 1960.
Scenes shot in the arch-criminals' headquarters lair were filmed in a dutch angle. This was intentional and was meant to show that the four villains (Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, and Riddler) were crooked.
The Penguin's line "Every one of them has a mother," said as he and Catwoman swept up and collected the dehydrated pirates, was ad-libbed by Burgess Meredith.
The movie was scheduled to premiere in Austin, Texas, on August 1st, 1966. The premiere was postponed, however, because earlier that same day a disturbed University of Texas student and former marine named Charles Whitman went to the observation deck of the school's clock tower and opened fire on the campus, killing 16 people and wounding 32 others before being shot to death himself by police.
In the final fight scene, a stuntman playing one of the villains' henchmen dove into the water and hit his head on a metal stud at the bottom of the pond. He was knocked unconscious and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Adam West was initially reluctant about making the movie. He decided to do it when told by producers that without his involvement in the film, the part of Batman/Bruce Wayne would be recast.
Bruce Wayne drives a Chrysler Imperial convertible, while the Batmobile is a 1955 Lincoln Futura prototype car customized by George Barris Inc.
Frank Gorshin's last appearance as The Riddler for well over a year. Gorshin sat out of the TV series during the show's entire second season but returned to the role in the third season.
The original trailer includes specially-shot footage of the 4 supervillains outlining their plans for the Dynamic Duo. Still frames from these sequences are visible when Batman and Commissioner Gordon watch a closed-circuit TV update on villains at large. The trailer also includes specially-shot footage of Batman and Robin addressing the audience about their first motion picture.
The faking of sea outside a phony yacht window was a clever ruse inspiring a Hogan's Heroes (1965) scene in which a kidnapped general is tricked into thinking he is aboard a plane flying at night to England.
The promotional poster features Batman involved in a different costume from the TV series, with black mask, cape, gloves, boots and outerwear briefs but red tights instead gray. This is not an error, but a tribute to the original costume designed by Bob Kane to create Batman. Later it was revised by cartoonist Bill Finger, who changed the color of the tights from red to gray, giving him his definitive appearance for its first issue in Detective Comics dated in May, 1939.
The Penguin's submarine interiors are the Seaview sets from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) redressed.
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Lee Meriwether was Miss America in 1955.
Burgess Meredith's line, "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a reference to Run Silent Run Deep (1958) in which Frank Gorshin might have played a role had he been able to make it to the screen test.
The opening criminal lair, "Ye Olde Benbow Tavern" is an allusion to name of the tavern in which the the Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island" begins, "Admiral Benbow Inn". Commodore Schmidlapp is abducted by the fiendish foursome. The next novel by R. L. Stevenson is "Kidnapped".
First movie project of Burt Ward.
The voice of The President (Lyndon Johnson) was performed by Van Williams (uncredited), who would soon after star in The Green Hornet TV series, which was also produced by members of the Batman creative team.
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Lee Meriwether makes her first appearance in Catwoman's identity of 'Kitanya Irenya Tatanya Karenska Alisoff,' Moscow Bugle reporter, referred to by her initials as 'Miss Kitka.'
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Dick Grayson appears outside of his Robin persona only twice and very briefly in the film: first, at the very beginning, and later when Bruce returns to Wayne Manor after being abducted. Dick's only spoken lines are in the latter scene.
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Reginald Denny previously played King Boris in Batman: A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away (1966) and Batman: When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play (1966). Lee Meriwether, Milton Frome and Maurice Dallimore would later play guest roles on the series.
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The supporting character Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake) does not have a single line in the picture.
The film was not theatrically released in Spain until 1979, 13 years after its premiere.
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At 105 minutes long, this is the shortest live-action "Batman" film as well as the only live-action "Batman" film to run under two hours.
This was Reginald Denny's final film before his death on June 16, 1967 at the age of 75.
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The movie was originally intended to be an introduction to the TV series. When the series wound up being produced and aired months ahead of schedule, the movie was made to cash in on the show's popularity.
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The film was first shown on American television on July 4, 1971.
"Plaisir D'Amour" by Johann Martini, is sung by a chanteuse in the cabaret scene, but neither the song nor the singer are listed in the credits. The actress playing the singer was Julie Gregg, who had just played The Penguin's moll in the final two part episode of the first season.
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This is the only live-action "Batman" film which was not distributed by Warner Bros.
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The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) says to Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), "You cowardly kitten! You want to live forever?" This is highly similar to the line, "Who wants to live forever?" spoken by Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) in Flash Gordon (1980). Both films were written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.. The Flash Gordon (1980) line later inspired the title of the Queen song "Who Wants to Live Forever" which was featured on the soundtrack of Highlander (1986).
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During his date with Miss Kitka, Bruce quotes the first stanza of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "To One in Paradise".
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Adam West and Burt Ward did not actually fly in the Batcopter as neither were licensed helicopter pilots. The copter was flown by costumed pilots.
The song played by the Salvation Army Band as Batman tries to dispose of the bomb is Bringing In The Sheaves, a popular Protestant Hymn. Various versions of the song can be heard in several other films and TV episodes.
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The Penguin's line, "I have not yet begun to fight!" is a reference to John Paul Jones' famous response during the early phase of the Battle of Flamborough Head on September 23, 1779 to an inquiry by his opponent, Captain Richard Pearson of the Royal Navy ship HMS Serapis, as to whether he was surrendering his ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard.
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The car in which Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne are taking their afternoon motor ride is a 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible.
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This was Alan Napier's final film before his death on August 8, 1988 at the age of 85.
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This movie was released on VHS, while the series it was based on was not.
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Batman is shown wearing a red costume with a blue cape on the movie poster, although in the movie, his costume is gray and his cape is blue.
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