To channel Dr. Zachary Smith..."Oh, the pain...the pain!"
You would have thought Dozier learned a lesson that villain team-ups were not such a grand idea, since the movie--with four of the Rogue's Gallery--failed to be a runaway hit with audiences. While there were other factors leading to the disappointing performance of the movie, the big hook--the first time the biggest Bat-villains teamed-up--was anything but a smashing success.
Regarding The Reactor car, in the Bewitched
episode, Darrin said the car "makes the Batmobile look like a skateboard!"
. So I guess referring to the Batmobile--at the time when its best known for its use on the TV series--meant *sniff-sniff* Batman
was just a TV series??
While the Greenway crew turned the Reactor into a preschool craft project with the giant tail, eyes, and ears, Filmation--obviously inspired by the Reactor--created their own cat-car for 1968's The Adventures of Batman
but integrated cat features to an arguably more successful degree:
About Romero getting top billing--that's not really an issue: he was arguably the most famous guest star in the series' history, playing THE Batman villain, and with Kitt was new, I would not expect her to get top billing, no matter how much her character was the lead of the story.
I've never thought Batgirl referring to tea leaves, stars & crystal ball being part of woman crime-fighter's arsenal to be sarcasm on her part. From her first appearance, she was never portrayed as working out crimes/problems in the way Batman and Robin did in many a season one Batcave episode--in other words, acting as a detective. She was always sold as this sassy, teasing character that would prance into a room, rest her hands on her hips and out came the sass, with a "well, I"M doing this the FEMALE WAY! So there!"
vibe. As I've said before on this board, Batgirl was already a cultural dinosaur by 1967 when compared to other female action characters on TV of the day.
The courtroom scene....hard evidence that Batman was not good at the kind of ribbing/satire of the legal system and/or politics. Its heavy-handed and childish, as opposed to the kind of low-blow commentary used on series such as The Monkees
, or even Gilligan's Island
(when coming out of super-capitalist Republican Mr. Howell's mouth).
Further, you guys mention how Batman's "civic responsibility" type comments seems more like Legends of the Superheroes
, and that's a solid observation, because season three was such a watered down, kiddie version of what the show used to be, that it was more like the "Batman is all a joke" perception of the series that was so prevalent in the decade to follow.