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Feb 012010

It wasn’t until a few years ago when I found out about this animated version of Batman. Adam West and Burt Ward reprise their roles as the voices of the dynamic duo in The New Adventures of Batman – (DC Comics Classic Collection) (1977-1978), who do what they do best. Fight crime in the city of Gotham.

The crime fighting action is very minimal around to the level of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but the story lines and capers are creative and adventurous.

Bat Girl even helps out on occasion, but what really makes this show different is the little magical hero Bat-Mite. He’s always so eager to help the team fight crime, but only ends up getting in the way. I guess you could say that Bat-Mite is like the Orko of the group. He’s magical, but his powers are limited. “Oh, bat baloney.”

Quite a few of the same colorful villains are on this series. Ones like the Joker, the Penguin, Cat Woman, Mr. Freeze, and Clay Face. Along with some other different villains. It’s strange that even though the Riddler is also featured among the villains in the theme, he hasn’t made any appearances on this show. Not one. A little disappointing, don’t you think? In a way, the Joker makes up for it by using jokes in the form of riddles. He also does very good impressions, but Batman knows better.

And let’s not forget Zarbor, the biggest villain from Bat-Mite’s home world Ergo. He’s more powerful than the other villains combined, even on Earth. Zarbor can shrink buildings with only one finger. That’s amazing.

I really enjoyed this series. Despite how many times Bat-Mite has messed up, he’s still a devoted ally, just like Orko.

  2 Responses to “Batman 1977 Cartoon Series”

  1. The reason the Riddler was not used is that he was being used on the “Challenge of the Superfriends” at the time. I think the reason he appears in the opening credits, is that the producers probably thought it was OK to use him if the colors in his costume were reversed. (notice the purple suit instead of green?) But the powers that be, said no.

  2. That’s an interesting concept. Thanks for the info.

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