Batman (1966–1968)
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The Joker's Flying Saucer 

The Joker is back in Gotham City, this time with his sights set on worldwide domination. He plants rumors of an invasion from outer space, then sets out to gather the Beryllium metal needed... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Green
Tony Gardner ...
Prof. Greenleaf


The Joker is back in Gotham City, this time with his sights set on worldwide domination. He plants rumors of an invasion from outer space, then sets out to gather the Beryllium metal needed to build an actual flying saucer. Batman picks up on his scheme and sends Alfred to check up on a stash of the metal. But when Alfred is mistaken for a mad scientist by the Joker, he is hauled off to the villain's lair along with Batgirl. The Dynamic Duo are on their way when a bomb planted by one of the Joker's henchmen goes off, leaving them unconscious, and their Batcave cut off from the rest of the world. Written by Twenty Penguins

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29 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Final appearance of Cesar Romero as the Joker. See more »


During the final fight a henchman tumbles down the stairs of the saucer to the floor then after a cut the floor is clear and the henchman tumbles down again. See more »


Batman: Every receiving device around here has been broken. And by all rights, so should we have been.
Robin: Sure, Batman. If it hadn't been for our anti-thermal Bat-T-shirts we've been wearing lately.
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Edited from Invaders from Mars (1953) See more »

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Cesar Romero is out of this world
1 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Having seen the last of Burgess Meredith's Penguin, "The Joker's Flying Saucer" marked the finale for Cesar Romero's fun filled Joker, his last appearance, like Meredith's, the best from this dreary season. A great deal gets crammed into this half hour, as Gotham City is gripped by a Martian invasion invented by The Joker, with Ellen Corby's Mrs. Green claiming to have had a conversation with a little green man just three feet tall, while Fritz Feld's Prof. Greenleaf spots another while conversing with Barbara Gordon at the public library. Even Byron Keith's Mayor Linseed nearly falls to pieces when it appears that the Dynamic Duo may have fallen victim to a time bomb planted by an actual green skinned accomplice of The Joker (Richard Bakalyan). Designing plans to build a flying saucer from beryllium stolen from the Wayne Foundation, inspired by a former cellmate who just happened to double as a mad scientist, The Joker kidnaps the ever present Alfred to build the contraption in a matter of hours (!), actually taking off from its abandoned launching pad factory on Flying Circus Hill, the Clown Prince of Crime seeking to make his demands for total capitulation by swooping down from outer space (stock footage lifted from the 1953 "Invaders from Mars"). For the sixth and last time, both the Batcycle and Batcopter are seen briefly in more stock footage from the feature film. Richard Bakalyan was one of the most frequent henchmen, in support of Frank Gorshin's Riddler, Victor Buono's King Tut, and Milton Berle's Louie the Lilac, while Fritz Feld had previously featured in "Pop Goes the Joker." This was also the tenth and final outing for Byron Keith as Gotham City's Mayor Linseed, a play on then-mayor of New York City John Lindsay. French sex kitten Corinne Calvet hasn't much to do as this episode's moll Emerald, but with her once busy TV career slowing to a crawl she was one of its more delightful surprises. Cesar Romero's familiar laugh would be heard no more after this broadcast from February 1968, but he was able to bow out gracefully knowing that his was the most popular villain in the show's two year history (along with Burgess Meredith's identical number of entries).

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