Monday, November 10, 2014

Who was the Best Baddie on ‘Batman?’

(L-R) David Wayne, Julie Newmar, John Astin, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, 
Tallulah Bankhead, Vincent Price (Warner Archive)

Before Affleck, Bale, Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton, there was West. The “real” Batman, at least in some fan’s eyes. The TV series went off the air (except for reruns) back in 1968 but it is just now getting a release on DVD and Blu-Ray available in stores on November 11, 2014.

The “Complete Television Series Limited Edition” on Blu-Ray will go for $269.97, the DVD set for $199.70 and “Batman: The Complete First Season” will go for $39.98. The complete set features three hours of additional never-before-seen content that includes interviews with Adam West and Burt Ward, a Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile, 44 trading cards and more Bat-fun.
But who do you think was the best baddie of the three seasons? Here is a list of villains who appeared. Let the debates begin! Here are some clips of the show to help you decide:

  • Catwoman - Eartha Kitt/Julie Newmar
  • The Joker - Cesar Romero
  • The Penguin - Burgess Meredith
  • The Riddler - Frank Gorshin/John Astin
  • King Tut - Victor Buono
  • Egghead - Vincent Price
  • Mr. Freeze - George Sanders/Otto Preminger/Eli Wallach
  • Marsha, Queen of Diamonds - Carolyn Jones
  • The Archer - Art Carney
  • The Siren - Joan Collins
  • The Bookworm - Roddy McDowall
  • False Face - Malachi Throne
  • The Minstrel - Van Johnson
  • Ma Parker - Shelley Winters
  • Zelda The Great - Anne Baxter
  • Louie The Lilac - Milton Berle
  • Lola Lasagne - Ethel Merman
  • Lord Pfogg & Lady Peasoup - Rudy Vallee and Glynis Johns
  • Shame - Cliff Robertson
  • The Puzzler - Maurice Evans
  • Chandell – Liberace
  • The Sandman - Michael Rennie
  • The Clock King - Walter Slezak
  • The Black Widow - Tallulah Bankhead
  • The Mad Hatter - David Wayne
  • Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft and Cabala - Ida Lupino and Howard Duff
  • Minerva - Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Nora Clavicle - Barbara Rush