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Writers:
Bob Kane (characters)
Joe Shuster (Superman character)
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Release Date:
14 September 1968 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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Cast

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Casey Kasem ... Dick Grayson / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)

Ted Knight ... Commissioner Gordon / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)

Olan Soule ... Batman / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jane Webb ... Barbara Gordon / ... (12 episodes, 1968-1969)

Larry Storch ... Joker (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
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Series Directed by
Anatole Kirsanoff (3 episodes, 1968)
Hal Sutherland (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Writing credits
Dennis Marks (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
George Kashdan (5 episodes, 1968)
William J. Keenan (5 episodes, 1968)
Oscar Bensol (4 episodes, 1968)
Bob Haney (4 episodes, 1968)
Bill Butler (2 episodes, 1968)

Bob Kane (unknown episodes)
Jerry Robinson (unknown episodes)
Joe Shuster (unknown episodes)
Jerry Siegel (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Allen Ducovny .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1968)
Norm Prescott .... producer (3 episodes, 1968)
Lou Scheimer .... producer (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Original Music by
John Gart (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Art Direction by
Don Christensen (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rudy Larriva .... associate director (3 episodes, 1968)
Amby Paliwoda .... associate director (3 episodes, 1968)
Don Towsley .... associate director (3 episodes, 1968)
Lou Zukor .... associate director (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Art Department
Oscar Dufau .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Jan Green .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Sherman Labby .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Gary Lund .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Michael O'Connor .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Sergio Antonio Alcázar .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1968)
Roger Brown .... camera supervisor (3 episodes, 1968)
Ron Lapeer .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1968)
Ray Lee .... camera supervisor (3 episodes, 1968)
Gary Milton .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1968)
Roger Sims .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Animation Department
Robert Bentley .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Bob Bransford .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Jim Brummett .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Martha Buckley .... ink and paint supervisor (3 episodes, 1968)
Bob Carr .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Butch Davis .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Alberto De Mello .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Judy Drake .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Venetia Epler .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Otto Feuer .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Martin Forte .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Jack Foster .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Ed Friedman .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill Geach .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Frank Gonzales .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
George Grandpré .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Ann Guenther .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill Hajee .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Dick Hall .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
C.L. Hartman .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Maurice Harvey .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Herb Hazelton .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Jack Healey .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Marilee Heyer .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill Hutten .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Raymond Jacobs .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Jim Jones .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Les Kaluza .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Ervin L. Kaplan .... background director (3 episodes, 1968)
Mel Keefer .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Pat Keppler .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Paul Krukowski .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Marsh Lamore .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill Lignante .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Ted Littlefield .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Art Lozzi .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Lorraine Marue .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Sylvia Mattinson .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Bob Matz .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill McArdle .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Norm McCabe .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Murray McClellan .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Tom McDonald .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Dan Noonan .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Joan Orbison .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Chic Otterstrom .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Jack Ozark .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Michael G. Ploog .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill Pratt .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Dick Preisen .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Virgil Raddatz .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Lenn Redman .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Bill Reed .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Len Rogers .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Virgil Ross .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Jacques Rupp .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Louise Sandoval .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Barbara Smith .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Ralph Somerville .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Ken Southworth .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Takashi .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Dave Tendlar .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Reuben Timmins .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Bob Trochim .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Marion Turk .... checking supervisor (3 episodes, 1968)
Ray Vinella .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Russ von Neida .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
Kay Wright .... layout artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Paul Xander .... background artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Xenia .... animator (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Editorial Department
June Gilham .... negative cutter (3 episodes, 1968)
Joseph Simon .... editorial (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Other crew
Rock Benedetto .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1968)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Batman" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
60 min | 30 min (17 episodes)
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After production ended on the Batman/Superman Hour in 1969, Filmation was asked to produce two new spots featuring Superman and three featuring Batman that were incorporated into early episodes of "Sesame Street" (1969).See more »
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Fine for its time., 13 April 2010
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

The Batman/Superman Hour, and its various incarnations filled many a Saturday morning for children of the late 60's and early 70's. This was the second animated incarnation of Superman and the first for Batman. Superman was a pale shadow of the Fleischer cartoons, but a decent adventure show for Saturday mornings. It featured voice work from Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander, the voices from the Fleischer cartoons and Superman radio show. Batman featured Olan Soule and Kasey Kasem, who would voice the Dynamic Duo in the various versions of the Super Friends. Ted Knight provided the voice of the narrator and various Batman villains.

The studio producing the show was Filmation, who tended to be more low budget than rivals at Hanna-Barbera. As such, stock footage was reused across the series. However, the models were generally good and the plots were often inventive. The heroes were allowed to lay their hands on the villains and the series was quite violent, compared to shows from the 70's onward. This allowed for greater jeopardy and a closer connection to the comics.

I haven't see Superman in quite a while, but Batman was a fairly decent show, especially compared to the more lackluster New Adventures of Batman. These episodes were fast paced and made good use of the villains. Soule and Kasem weren't as good as West and Ward, but the show was more fun.

This series has two unique distinctions. One, Filmation also produced animated Superman and Batman segments for Sesame Street, in their earliest days. The second was the ire raised by the series with parental watchdog groups (who did more watchdogging than parenting). They placed pressure on the networks to reduce the level of violence in cartoons. As such, series made after this show were forced to tone down the violence and provide more educational material. this led to the rather bland Super Friends shows, and other watered down cartoons. it also caused both Filmation and Hanna-Barbera to focus more on comedy, rather than adventure. When they swung back to adventure shows, there were pale shadows of their earlier efforts and tended to be overwhelmed by comedic elements.

The Superman cartoons have been released on DVD (without the Superboy segments, due to ongoing legal issues with the estate of Jerry Siegel) but Batman has not. Warner Home Video has stated they are interested in releasing more DC related material, so here's hoping that Batman will soon see the light of day. Aside from the live action series (which has more hurdles in front of it than an Olympic race), this is the only Batman series not available on home video.

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