The Adventures of Batman

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The Adventures of Batman
Filmation Batman+Robin Title 1960s.jpg
Title card from The Batman/Superman Hour
Also known as Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Created by Bob Kane (characters)
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Voices of Olan Soule, Casey Kasem
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 34 shorts
Production
Executive producer(s) Allen Ducovny
Producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Production company(s) Filmation
Ducovny Productions
National Periodical Publications
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 14, 1968 – January 4, 1969
Chronology
Followed by The New Adventures of Batman
Related shows The Batman/Superman Hour,The New Scooby-Doo Movies

The Adventures of Batman is an animated television series produced by Lou Schiemer's Filmation studios. It showcased the 12-minute Batman segments from The Batman/Superman Hour, sometimes broken up by and surrounding another cartoon from Filmation's fast growing stream of superhero stars. A re-branded 30-minute version premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969 as Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder. This version was repackaged without the Superman and Superboy segments.

Olan Soule was the voice of Batman and is most likely best remembered for his work on that show, and many others in the Filmation stable. Casey Kasem, the popular radio countdown man in the 1980s, was the voice of Robin the Boy Wonder.

Batman and Robin would next appear in a The New Scooby-Doo Movies crossover, various versions of Super Friends and The New Adventures of Batman in 1977.[1]

Episode list[edit]

The Batman half of The Batman/Superman Hour consisted of one story presented in two 6 1/2 minute segments and one story in a single 6 1/2 minute segment. Thirty-four stories were produced:

Two-segment stories
Episode Title Original Airdate Summary
01 My Crime Is Your Crime 9/14/1968 Batman and Robin are thrown for a loop when they arrest Joker and Penguin for crimes they didn't commit.
02 The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze 9/21/1968 Mr. Freeze causes havoc in his quest to ransom $1 billion from the city and he uses a captured whale for his caper.
03 How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow? 9/28/1968 Joker raids technology firms to build a powerful solar mirror he can use as a laser weapon.
04 The Nine Lives of Batman 10/5/1968 Catwoman traps Batman and exposes him to a radioactive gas that will allow her to identify him in his secret identity.
05 Bubi, Bubi, Who's Got the Ruby? 10/12/1968 Bruce Wayne is captured by Penguin in the robbery of a valuable ruby. Unfortunately for Penguin, Catwoman is also after the ruby.
06 The Big Birthday Caper 10/19/1968 Riddler and Penguin try to expose Batman by staging a mammoth birthday party for him and wealthy businessman Bruce Wayne.
07 Partners in Peril 10/26/1968 A deadly contest is staged by Joker, Penguin, and Riddler to one up each other and gain control of Gotham City's criminal empire. Soon catwojan gets involved.
08 Hizzoner the Joker 11/2/1968 Joker runs for Gotham mayor and is able to win.
09 The Crime Computer 11/9/1968 Penguin seizes a mammoth computer to use to outwit Batman.
10 A Game of Cat and Mouse 11/16/1968 Catwoman steals the Crown Jewels.
11 Will the Real Robin Please Stand Up? 11/23/1968 A youth who bears a stunning resemblance to Robin is used by Catwoman when he ends up with amnesia.
12 Simon the Pieman 11/30/1968 A flamboyant criminal pastry chef named Simon the Pieman and his gang steal valuables under the cover of a carnival after they had disposed of Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze.
13 From Catwoman with Love 12/7/1968 Catwoman sends Batman a cat for Valentine's Day, a cat whose fur gives off radio waves.
14 A Perfidious Pieman Is Simon 12/14/1968 Simon the Pieman steals four million Turkish coins.
15 The Fiendishly Frigid Fraud 12/21/1968 A freak bombardment of meteors made of pure ice allows Mr. Freeze to stage a mammoth hoax.
16 The Jigsaw Jeopardy 12/28/1968 Riddler plans to blow up Gotham's art gallery.
17 It Takes Two to Make a Team 1/4/1969 Joker, Penguin, and Riddler are after an Incan Treasure Map. They plan to break up the Dynamic Duo by making Robin jealous of Batgirl.
One-segment stories
Episode Title Original Airdate Summary
18 A Bird Out of Hand 9/14/1968 Penguin unexpectedly goes straight.
19 The Joke's on Robin 9/21/1968 Robin seems to lose his skills after he rescues a man from drowning thanks to the Joker.
20 In Again, Out Again Penguin 9/28/1968 Penguin commits crimes and frames them on Batman even though he's supposedly incarcerated.
21 Long John Joker 10/5/1968 Joker makes a movie about pirates - cover to find the haul from a long-forgotten armored car theft.
22 1001 Faces of the Riddler 10/12/1968 Riddler becomes an expert at disguises.
23 Two Penguins Too Many 10/19/1968 Real penguins wind up helping Penguin and Joker.
24 The Underworld Underground Caper 10/26/1968 Riddler and Catwoman use an underground drill to commit robberies.
25 Freeze's Frozen Vikings 11/2/1968 Mr. Freeze uses a Viking hoax to commit robberies.
26 The Great Scarecrow Scare 11/9/1968 Scarecrow steals a painting and captures Batgirl as part of his plot to dispose of the Dynamic Duo.
27 Beware of Living Dolls 11/16/1968 Dollman uses his dolls to pull off a crime spree.
28 He Who Swipes the Ice, Goes to the Cooler 11/23/1968 Mr. Freeze's diamond heist goes wrong.
29 A Mad, Mad Tea Party 11/30/1968 Mad Hatter starts an Alice in Wonderland-based gang in a plot to steal a priceless antique teapot to use as part of his mad tea party.
30 Perilous Playthings 12/7/1968 Catwoman and her henchman crash the production of "Tom Thumb in Toyland" and use toy-based plots to defeat the Dynamic Duo.
31 Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper 12/14/1968 Mr. Freeze disguises himself as Santa Claus.
32 Enter the Judge 12/21/1968 An international criminal who is incarcerated on the island prison Satan Island ends up escaping disguised as a judge when his pardon is denied. Now he is going around crashing criminal trials gaining the Cosgrove Gang and other low-level crooks as his jury henchmen in a plot to eliminate all crimefighters.
33 Wrath of the Riddler 12/28/1968 Riddler uses a construction site as his hideout.
34 Opera Buffa 1/4/1969 Joker seemingly traps Batman, but is haunted by his apparent ghost when he tries to steal a valuable tiara at an opera.

Media[edit]

In 1985, Warner Home Video released five selected episodes of the series on VHS in the "Super Powers" video collection along with Aquaman, Superboy and Superman. These videos were rereleased in 1996 and are out of print.

In 1993, in Australia only, Warner Home Video released a 4 volume VHS collection with 4 stories per volume.

In 2008, episodes were released as digital downloads on iTunes,[2] and streaming on Amazon Instant Video.[3]

On June 3, 2014, Warner Home Video will release all 34 episodes on DVD in Region 1 in a 2-disc set entitled The Adventures of Batman.[4]

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