Batman (1966–1968)
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The Joker Is Wild 

The Joker decides to fight fire with fire against Batman with a utility belt of his own.



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The Joker escapes from prison and begins another crime wave on Gotham City. After being foiled by Batman and Robin, thanks to Batman's utility belt, the Joker decides to make his own utility belt. The Joker eventually traps Batman and Robin and, on live television, he intends to unmask them. Written by Bill Koenig

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26 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Multiple references and allusions to Ernie Kovacs throughout this episode. Ernie Kovacs is one of the famed comedians honored with a bust in the museum scene. There is also an allusion to Sandy Koufax, the baseball player, in a quote by Dick Grayson early in the program. And the Joker's assistant is played by actress Nancy Kovack. One final note that may be just coincidence is that this episode aired within three days of Ernie Kovacs' birthday. See more »


In one shot, as the Joker drops through the trap door to escape the museum of modern art, his hair is brown, not green. See more »


Commissioner Gordon: [on phone with Chief O'Hara] In the meantime, if it is the Joker that we're up against, that clown prince of crime, there's only one man who can handle this. I don't have to tell you who.
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Referenced in The Dark Knight (2008) See more »


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I Am Wild About This Two-Parter
28 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

I have reviewed many Batman episodes on the IMDb and this two-parter is probably the second best two-parter (after the pilot) in the whole Batman series. I tell it like it is, and with that in mind, let me say that there is nothing I can point out as being wrong with this two-parter: it just goes from one great scene to the next!

Amazing film-like television with amazing characters and amazing images. Even narrator William Dozier sounds more thrilling than usual. In this first season, Batman was an adventure series first and a comedy second. The Joker Is Wild features some Joker moments in act one that are not too unlike some of The Joker moments in the Warner Brothers Batman motion picture of 1989.

So here it is, some totally wild film-like television that you will never forget!

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