The Joker and the Penguin team up on a crime wave based on signs of the zodiac. The pair, aided and abetted by a woman known as Venus, keep Batman and Robin on the run. The Dynamic Duo ... See full summary »



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The Joker and the Penguin team up on a crime wave based on signs of the zodiac. The pair, aided and abetted by a woman known as Venus, keep Batman and Robin on the run. The Dynamic Duo manage to capture the Penguin but the Joker remains on the loose. Batman and Robin figure the Joker's next caper will take place at a museum and lay a trap. But the heroes are captured instead. Now, Batman and Robin face almost certain death; the heroes are to be crushed beneath a giant asteroid on display at the museum. Written by Bill Koenig

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11 January 1967 (USA)  »

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According to Adam West's "Back to the Batcave", the three-part episodes featuring The Joker and The Penguin, and The Penguin and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, were each planned to be edited together as theatrical films for overseas releases. See more »


Venus: Couldn't we call it off, Joker? "Mercy to a brave foe", and all that?
The Joker: You're losing your nerve, Venus. Which is a shame. But you're also losing your senses, which is criminal! Hold her.
[laughs as his goons grab Venus by the arms]
Venus: [turns to the imperiled Batman] Batman, I realize right now: I've made a terrible mistake.
Batman: Repence is better late than never, Venus.
The Joker: [pulls a face of disgust] Eew! You're making me ill! Ech.
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First three parter teams The Joker and The Penguin
7 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Zodiac Crimes" kicks off the series' first of 3 three part episodes, and the only one to justify the third chapter. Cesar Romero's Joker enjoys his most elaborate outing, easily the best from this second season, outlining a crime wave based upon the 12 signs of the Zodiac, beginning in Commissioner Gordon's office, where a Rare Art Map signifies Aries the Ram, intentionally putting Batman on his trail. The unexpected arrival of a jack in the box reveals a certain feathered fiend, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, his amusing banter with The Joker all too brief, their only teaming since the feature film. Gemini the Twins lead the Caped Crusaders to the singing duo The Twins, meeting The Joker's attractive moll Venus (Terry Moore), while the Clown Prince of Crime is in the process of pilfering a pair of diamonds also known as the Twins. The Penguin is present for the kidnapping of opera star Leo Crustash (Charles Fredericks), which covers both Leo the Lion and Cancer the Crustacean, but in being pinned to the wall is unable to escape with The Joker, already off to the museum to find Virgo, the Virgin Bereaved, a priceless statue worth 'a cool million.' Unbeknownst to the Dynamic Duo, Virgo turns out to be Venus, a reluctant pawn in The Joker's game, rendering them helpless for the cliffhanger, lying below an 8 ton meteorite which will crush their skulls after Saturn rotates around the universe. The henchmen have colorful names: only two are credited, Joe Di Reda as Mars and Hal Baylor as Mercury, unbilled are Eddie Saenz as Saturn, Charles Picerni as Uranus, and Guy Way as Jupiter.

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