Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
As a lifelong fan of both Superman and Batman, I can’t help but notice the balance between them when it comes to their adventures outside the comic book medium. In the case of the Dark Knight, he’s been cock of the walk in live action cinema and animation, but Big Blue has had the market cornered when it comes to live action television.
Really, even though it’s been quite some time since Adventures of Superman graced airwaves, Kryptonians have dominated the small screen since the late 1980’s, with Superboy, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Smallville and Supergirl all following each other in relatively quick succession.
Only now, there’s some serious overlap, as Metropolis is on the way and the long-gestating Krypton has finally arrived. But was it worth the wait? My short answer is “it depends on who you ask,
The world would be a much better place if Bruce Campbell had been allowed to develop and star in a Dick Tracy TV series.
In the late 1990s, the great Bruce Campbell found himself in Disney's orbit, appearing in the 1997 TV movie version of The Love Bug and seven episodes of Ellen on Disney's ABC network.
During this period, Campbell landed a development deal with Disney, which unfortunately didn't lead to any major starring roles or projects, but one property under Disney's control caught his eye as he was browsing through a list of properties under their control: the most famous comic strip detective in history, Dick Tracy.
This story comes to light in Bruce Campbell's latest book, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, the delightful sequel to his equally delightful If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor.
..."Batman" in the 1960's...
...and "Wonder Woman" in the 1970's:
Superheroes now seem to be everywhere in the popular media, from slotmachines at Casino Sans Depot to video games, mobile apps and product packaging.
But TV is getting the most action, with several superheroes, based on comic books lighting up the small screen including Netflix' solo series for Marvel's "Jessica Jones", "Iron Fist", "Luke Cage" and "Daredevil", as well as their upcoming team-up in "The Defenders".
This September Marvel's "Inhumans" will also hit the airwaves, as well as "The Gifted", spinning-off from the "X-Men", "The Runaways" gang of super-powered teens, the action romance "Cloak & Dagger" and the "New Warriors'.
Superheroes will also continue to be
Burt Ward, who co-starred as the Caped Crusader’s teen sidekick Robin alongside West on on the phenomenally popular and slyly campy 1960s TV series, was on hand to celebrate the life of his longtime friend along with West’s wife Marcelle, his children and other members of his family.
West passed away June 9 at age 88 following a brief battle with leukemia.
Adam West loved playing Batman. Beginning with the Batman Tv show (1966-1969), he continued being involved with DC Batman projects, including Batman: the Movie (1966), The Super Friends (or Super Powers Team), the New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super Seven, The Legends of the Super heroes, Batman: the Animated Series, the Batman: New Times video game, The 2004-2006 Batman cartoon, Batman: the Brave & the Bold, Robot Chicken, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Through all these projects, for over five decades, West voiced either the Batman or one of his supporting cast.
Adam West Remembered on Social Media: ‘You Were My Batman’
The actor was the third iteration of live action Batmen back in 1966, and now one of his most famous Caped Crusader successors is speaking out about his passing.
Ben Affleck joined in on the chorus of Hollywood voices remembering West on social media on Saturday. The “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” hero referred to his Bright Knight predecessor as the exemplification of heroism on Twitter.
“Kind, funny, and an all around great guy,” wrote Affleck. “Thank you for showing us all how it’s done.”
Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it's done. @therealadamwest
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 10, 2017
According to Deadline, Superman Vs. the Kkk will be adapting Rick Bowers' 2012 novel, Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate. The book chronicles the real-life story of a 1946 radio drama that pitted Superman against the Kkk. The play was originally performed over several episodes during the Adventures of Superman radio drama, which led to the Klan officially denouncing the show. Here is
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1955 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame (originally widescreen) / 168 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95
Starring: Phyllis Coates, Myron Healey, Arthur Space, John Day, Mike Ragan, Morris Buchanan, Roy Glenn, Archie Savage, Ramsay Hill, Naaman Brown, Dan Ferniel, James Logan, Steve Calvert.
Cinematography: Bud Thackery
Film Editor: Cliff Bell
Original Music: R. Dale Butts
Written by Ronald Davidson
Produced and Directed by Franklin Adreon
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Wow. I never thought I’d miss that little ditty. Granted, whenever that tune consumes my brainpan it’s the version recorded by The Who and not the one from the ancient teevee series. I find myself humming Neal Hefti’s remarkably enduring theme song every time a new Batman movie screws up. Yup, this means I’ve been humming it a lot lately.
The latest batastrophe – as of this writing – came down last week when the director of the upcoming release The Batman quit the picture. That’s a big problem, as he is also the co-writer of the movie… and, oh yeah, also its star.
Arguably worse, the top choice for replacing director Ben Affleck, Matthew George Reeves (no relation to anybody who starred as Superman), quickly dropped out of the negotiations. One is reminded their March 16, 2018 release,
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Frankly, Team TVLine has had Lois Lane on the brain all week, ever since it was announced that Teri Hatcher — who played the title role on ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997 — will be joining The CW’s Supergirl for a multi-episode arc later this season.
And executive producer Andrew Kreisberg’s statement, in which he declared Hatcher his “all-time favorite Lois Lane,” really got us thinking: Who’s our favorite?
There’s no shortage of options,
The Batman solo movie needs a new director, as Ben Affleck has stepped down as director.
Ben Affleck will not be directing The Batman solo movie for Warner Bros. Affleck will still be playing billionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter ego in the upcoming film.
"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement.
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this
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"Supergirl", developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg originally aired on CBS, premiering October 26, 2015, based on the DC Comics character 'Supergirl', aka 'Kara Zor-El', created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, starring Melissa Benoist as a costumed superheroine who is the biological cousin to 'Superman' and one of the last surviving 'Kryptonians'.
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"...'Pamela Poodle' is the victim of evil 'Professor Sheepdip', who has tied her to a rocket that will be launched into space. Only 'Super Pup can save the day..."
Television producer Whitney Ellsworth created a pilot that placed the 'Superman' mythos into a fictional universe populated by dogs instead of human beings.
The live-action actors were placed in dog-head suits to portray the canine versions of the characters.
The pilot was filmed on the same sets/locations as "The Adventures of Superman", with all roles portrayed by 'little people'.
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