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Batman’s 10 Most Dastardly Celebrity Guest Villains

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The 1960s Batman TV series is famous for its colorful rogues gallery. Part of the fun was seeing which celebrity guest star would stop by each week to ensnare Batman and Robin in some nutty deathtrap. Grab your trusty Batarang and join us for a look at 10 of Batman‘s most dastardly celebrity guest villains.

Will the Dynamic Duo survive this perilous predicament? Read below to find out!

10. Liberace, The Great Chandell

Flamboyant piano great Liberace played this equally over-the-top crooner (and his evil twin) who tried to steal the Wayne family fortune by wooing poor trusting Aunt Harriet.


9. Milton Berle, Louie the Lilac

Uncle Milty himself starred as a gangster with a fondness for (you guessed it) purple flowers. Louie even goes so far as to create mind-controlling flowers. (The villains on Batman were pretty into mind control.)


8. Maurice Evans, The Puzzler

Any similarities between the Puzzler’s puzzles and The Riddler’s nefarious brain-teasers wasn’t coincidental — The Puzzler appeared in an episode originally intend to be a Riddler caper while Frank Gorshin was on strike over salary negotiations.

The Puzzler


7. Ethel Merman, Lola Lasagne

Merman brought her Broadway belt to the part of Penguin’s brassy partner in crime, Senora Lola Lasagne. Like her childhood pal Penguin, she’s a fan of parasols and convoluted schemes involving horse races.

Lola Lasagne


6. Tallulah Bankhead, Black Widow

Not to be confused with the far more popular Marvel Comics character, Black Widow was a vixen who (like a lot of Batman villainesses) could bend men to her will. In case you’re wondering — yes, she tried to feed Batman and Robin to her pet man-eating spiders.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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