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  • This was Reginald Denny's final film before his death on June 16, 1967 at the age of 75.
  • (at around 1h 40 mins) At the end of the film, one of the United World delegates is seen banging his shoe on the table while yelling. This is a parody of Nikita Khrushchev's famous behavior during a debate in the United Nations General Assembly on October 12, 1960.
  • The BatBoat was built especially for the film by the Glastron boat company. In exchange for their cooperation, the producers agreed to hold the film's world premiere in Austin, Texas, Glastron's headquarters.
  • The supporting character Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake) does not have a single line in the picture.
  • The faking of sea outside a phony yacht window was a clever ruse inspiring a Hogan's Heroes (1965) scene in which a kidnapped general is tricked into thinking he is aboard a plane flying at night to England.
  • (at around 15 mins) The Penguin's line "We shall hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately" was a humorous phrase spoken by Benjamin Franklin when he was in danger of being accused of high treason by his fellow delegates.
  • (at around 46 mins) During his date with Miss Kitka, Bruce quotes the first stanza of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "To One in Paradise".
  • (at around 12 mins) The original trailer includes specially-shot footage of the 4 supervillains outlining their plans for the Dynamic Duo. Still frames from these sequences are visible when Batman and Commissioner Gordon watch a closed-circuit TV update on villains at large. The trailer also includes specially-shot footage of Batman and Robin addressing the audience about their first motion picture.
  • In the final fight scene, a stuntman playing one of the villains' henchmen dove into the water and hit his head on a metal stud at the bottom of the pond. He was knocked unconscious and had to be rushed to the hospital.
  • (at around 39 mins) "Plaisir D'Amour" by Johann Martini, is sung by a chanteuse in the cabaret scene, but neither the song nor the singer are listed in the credits. The actress playing the singer was Julie Gregg, who had just played The Penguin's moll in the final two part episode of the first season.
  • Julie Newmar (Catwoman in the TV series) does not appear in this film because she did not know about it and had signed to film the racy comedy Monsieur Lecoq in the U.K. By the time she was informed, she could not get out of the other commitment in time to do this movie. Then Monsieur Lecoq was abandoned and left unfinished, so she missed doing Batman for nothing.
  • Lee Meriwether was Miss America in 1955.
  • (at around 1h 27 mins) Burgess Meredith's line, "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a reference to Run Silent Run Deep (1958) in which Frank Gorshin might have played a role had he been able to make it to the screen test.
  • Scenes shot in the arch-criminals' headquarters lair were filmed in a dutch angle. This was intentional and was meant to show that the four villains (Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, and Riddler) were crooked.
  • Originally planned as the pilot film for the Batman (1966) TV series, the movie was instead produced between the show's first and second seasons. The producers took advantage of the larger budget to have a number of new Bat-gadgets constructed, such as the BatBoat.
  • First movie project of Burt Ward.
  • Bruce Wayne drives a Chrysler Imperial convertible, while the Batmobile is a 1955 Lincoln Futura prototype car customized by George Barris Inc.
  • The opening criminal lair, "Ye Olde Benbow Tavern" is an allusion to name of the tavern in which the the Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island" begins, "Admiral Benbow Inn". Commodore Schmidlapp is abducted by the fiendish foursome. The next novel by R. L. Stevenson is "Kidnapped".
  • Filming of the movie began before Lee Meriwether was cast for the movie. As a result, Catwoman does not appear with the other villains in the first scene aboard the Penguin's submarine.
  • The movie was originally intended to be an introduction to the TV series. When the series wound up being produced and aired months ahead of schedule, the movie was made to cash in on the show's popularity.
  • A follow up film was at one point considered. The film would have been released between seasons two and three, and would have been used to introduce Barbara Gordon/Bat Girl, and make use of a Batplane. Due to waning interest in the series during season two, which resulted in budget cuts, plans for a second film were scratched.
  • (at around 59 mins) The Penguin's line "Every one of them has a mother," said as he and Catwoman swept up and collected the dehydrated pirates, was ad-libbed by Burgess Meredith.
  • Adam West agreed to do the film partly with a stipulation to have more screen time as Bruce Wayne.
  • Dick Grayson appears outside of his Robin persona only twice and very briefly in the film: first, at the very beginning, and later when Bruce returns to Wayne Manor after being abducted. Dick's only spoken lines are in the latter scene.
  • Frank Gorshin's last appearance as The Riddler for well over a year. Gorshin sat out of the TV series during the show's entire second season but returned to the role in the third season.
  • Reginald Denny previously played King Boris in A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away (1966) and When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play (1966). Lee Meriwether, Milton Frome and Maurice Dallimore would later play guest roles on the series.
  • The film was first shown on American television on July 4, 1971.
  • Adam West was initially reluctant about making the movie. He decided to do it when told by producers that without his involvement in the film, the part of Batman/Bruce Wayne would be recast.
  • (at around 1h 2 mins) The song played by the Salvation Army Band as Batman tries to dispose of the bomb is "Bringing in the Sheaves", a popular Protestant Hymn. Various versions of the song can be heard in several other films and TV episodes.
  • At 105 minutes long, this is the shortest live-action "Batman" film as well as the only live-action "Batman" film to run under two hours.
  • Adam West and Burt Ward did not actually fly in the Batcopter as neither were licensed helicopter pilots. The copter was flown by costumed pilots.
  • The voice of The President (Lyndon Johnson) was performed by Van Williams (uncredited), who would soon after star in The Green Hornet (1966) TV series, which was also produced by members of the Batman creative team.
  • Cesar Romero (The Joker) refused to shave his mustache during filming so they covered it with makeup instead.
  • The promotional poster features Batman involved in a different costume from the TV series, with black mask, cape, gloves, boots and outerwear briefs but red tights instead gray. This is not an error, but a tribute to the original costume designed by Bob Kane to create Batman. Later it was revised by cartoonist Bill Finger, who changed the color of the tights from red to gray, giving him his definitive appearance for its first issue in Detective Comics dated in May, 1939.
  • The film was not theatrically released in Spain until 1979, 13 years after its premiere.
  • (at around 10 mins) Lee Meriwether makes her first appearance in Catwoman's identity of 'Kitanya Irenya Tatanya Karenska Alisoff,' Moscow Bugle reporter, referred to by her initials as 'Miss Kitka.'
  • The car in which Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne are taking their afternoon motor ride is a 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible.
  • The Penguin's submarine interiors are the Seaview sets from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) redressed.
  • The movie was scheduled to premiere in Austin, Texas, on August 1st, 1966. The premiere was postponed, however, because earlier that same day a disturbed University of Texas student and former marine named Charles Whitman went to the observation deck of the school's clock tower and opened fire on the campus, killing 16 people and wounding 32 others before being shot to death himself by police.
  • Batman is shown wearing a red costume with a blue cape on the movie poster, although in the movie, his costume is gray and his cape is blue.
  • This is the only live-action "Batman" film which was not distributed by Warner Bros.
  • This was Alan Napier's final film before his death on August 8, 1988 at the age of 85.
  • The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) says to Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), "You cowardly kitten! You want to live forever?" This is highly similar to the line, "Who wants to live forever?" spoken by Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) in Flash Gordon (1980). Both films were written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.. The Flash Gordon (1980) line later inspired the title of the Queen song "Who Wants to Live Forever" which was featured on the soundtrack of Highlander (1986).
  • The Penguin's line, "We have not yet begun to fight!" is a reference to John Paul Jones' famous response during the early phase of the Battle of Flamborough Head on September 23, 1779 to an inquiry by his opponent, Captain Richard Pearson of the Royal Navy ship HMS Serapis, as to whether he was surrendering his ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard.
  • This movie was released on VHS, while the series it was based on was not.
  • The 1964 Bell 47G-3B-1 helicopter (N3079G) used as the Batcopter has been restored almost to its appearance in the film (minus the wings) and makes appearances at airshows and other events. It was also used in other productions including Eat, Drink, and Be Dead (1966) and Trek (1967).
  • Produced by Twentieth Century Fox, which owned the film rights to Batman before DC was purchased by Warner Bros. Ironically, Fox would later release films based on Marvel Comics; such as X-Men, Deadpool, Daredevil, and The Fantastic Four; before both they and Marvel were purchased by Disney. That makes this film possibly the only DC adaptation now owned by Disney.
  • The plot for this movie was taken from the movie The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus (1962).
  • The Jetpack Umbrellas were intended to be smaller in design and worn like backpacks. This was changed likely due to budgetary and practical issues.
  • The script included an unfilmed scene in which the flight of the villains on the Jetpack Umbrellas was picked up on radar by the Air Force, who sent out a squadron to intercept. Sterling Holloway was actually cast as the commanding Air Force officer before it was decided not to film the scenes.
  • The role of Catwoman is played by Lee Meriwether. A former miss america winner in 1955. She was cast in the role because no one had informed Julie Newmar (Catwoman in series 1) that there was a movie, and when it came to shoot, she was already contracted and obligated to a different movie (Unavailable). Meriwether had a similar look to Newmar and was cast as the films Catwoman. Lee did not portray Catwoman anytime during the tv series, but did appear in season 2, episodes 54 and 55 titled "King Tut's Coup/Batman's Waterloo" as Lisa Carson whom King Tut believes is a reincarnation of Cleopatra. Later neither actress where available in season 3 and the role was taken by Eartha Kitt. Lee later went on to play Lilly Munster in the 1987 reboot of The Munsters. She made a return to the Batman universe in 2003, playing a waitress in Return To The Barcave then again in 2017 by lending her voice as Lucille Diamond in the animated movie Batman vs Two Face (2017) and then in a live action role in 2018 as Ma Kyle/Nana in the Catwoman series Rise of the Catwoman!
  • A sequel idea was thrown around during the second and third season. No script or working title was made, but the idea was to introduce Barbra Gordon/Bat Girl, Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Poison Ivy and an array of new gadgets and vehicles. However FOX where not interested, and not on board, partly due to racial concerns that Eartha Kitt was chosen to portray Catwoman, and it was unknown if Frank Gorshin would be on board to play The Riddler. With too many returning characters portrayed by new actors and a gamble on a new female co-lead FOX passed on the idea and instead only a short pilot was created to introduce Batgirl.
  • When Batman and Robin re-hydrate the Security Council members, each one is speaking an entirely different language: the United States councilor speaks Japanese; United Kingdom - Russian; Japan and France - English; Germany - Israeli Hebrew; USSR - German; Spain - Nigerian; Nigeria - Spanish; Israel - French.
  • The dehydrate/rehydrate plot was taken from The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus (1962).
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