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« on: July 13, 2007, 04:32:51 PM »

Evidently a noirish non-camp screen test with shadows and a pre-New Look Batman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOVoxnlfxHw&NR=1

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2007, 05:17:02 PM »

This footage has been making the rounds the last few years.   There's also versions of the same scenes with alternate actors (Lyle Waggoner as Batman and I forget who was Robin).  There are some very clean, good-looking versions on the recent "Holy Batmania" DVD.

I'm not so sure they were going for "noirish" and "non-camp" here.  The dialog is still campy depending on how you read the lines (and many of them ended up in the pilot episode, "Hey Diddle Riddle" exactly as they're heard here).  What makes it "noirish", I guess, is how dark everything is, but I don't see that so much as a matter of establishing mood as it is a reflection of where they were in terms of development and budget when this thing was shot.  The "Batcave" is heavily shadowed not, I think , to make it "creepy" but rather to hide just how small the set is (especially compared to the huge version we'd get in the final product).  Basically they just rolled in a bunch of computers from the Lost in Space set and probabaly used a "cave" left over from same.

I do dig the pre-"New Look" chest insignia, though.  But I'm not so sure about the cowl.  Fun to see how it goes on, however, and you'll note that in the actual series we never got this kind of shot of Bruce and Dick in the cave sans masks.

Cool stuff.  You can find the alternate screen tests and lots of other goodies over at Scott Sebring's "Batfriend" site: www.batfriend.com

 
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007, 05:28:23 PM »

Kind of a mixed bag for me.  Even in this test, West and Ward have voices that tend to take things over the top. I loved the Riddler's riddles, seems even in this test that the answers are pretty arcane though.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007, 06:19:47 PM »

The dialog and riddles are pretty much verbatim from the story "The Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler".

It's all in the line delivery.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007, 07:05:31 PM »

Its been awhile since I've seen the episodes.  I'm assuming Bruce's line about his dead father was never used. Still, the readings of the lines are still very dramatic and tending to camp, despite the look of the sets.

I kind of like the looser fitting costume.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007, 08:43:44 PM »

Bruce's line was a bit different in "Hey Diddle Riddle."  We first meet him at the manor, chairing some citizen's committee or other devoted to the eradication of crime in Gotham.  He says a line that begins, "Perhaps if my own parent's hadn't been killed by dastardly criminals..."  and I forget how it ended.

Anyway, it's the closest to an "origin" the Adam West Batman gets and the only reference to Bruce's parents in any context (aside from a moment in a Penguin episode when Bruce pulls out an umbrella that "belonged to my father").  This episode is also the only one to feature an on-screen death, when Molly (Jill St John) falls into the Batcave's atomic reactor ("What a way to go-go!").
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2007, 12:44:26 AM »

It's funny how everything seems a lot more serious.
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2007, 03:38:19 AM »

In that last scene, Batman in his cowl with the lopsided ears looks almost identical to the Batman from those old movie serials.

Great stuff!  I hope this and other similar material makes it to the series DVD set when it finally comes out.
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