Long before Tim Burton’s Batman or Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, there was the Batman television series. It was everything you’d expect from a superhero show in the ‘60s: campy, goofy, and chock-full of cameos from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Here are 12 facts to help you truly appreciate the ‘60s Batman series to the fullest.
12. Batgirl Was Supposed to Have Her Own Show
Originally, Batgirl was going to be a stand alone show. Instead she became a main character in the third and final season of Batman. Here’s a clip of the unaired pilot.
11. Egghead Started on the Series But Was Written Into the Comics
Egghead was known for 3 things: he was super smart, he threw tricked-out eggs and made egg puns like it was his job. The character (played by Vincent Price) eventually found his way into the comics, which certainly wasn’t un-eggs-pected. (Please forgive us.)
Without a doubt one of the sexiest and infamous female characters in comic book history, Catwoman was originally played by the iconic Julie Newmar. When Newmar was unable to return to the role during season 3, Eartha Kitt stepped in as her replacement. (Source)
9. The Riddler Was Nominated for an Emmy
Frank Gorshin was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy for his portrayal as The Riddler. Random Fact: Gorshin also voiced Hugo Strange in 2004’s animated series The Batman, while Adam West voiced Mayor Grange.
Are you ready for Gigi Rotblum? Armed with a hefty bank account left to her by her late hubby, the 76-year-old yenta is grabbing life by the balls and shocking everyone within earshot with her no-nonsense attitude.
But it turns out there’s a man behind the granny — Yes, the star of the new IFC series Gigi Does It is actually actor David Krumholtz, who you probably know from shows like Numb3rs and movies like Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Krumholtz causes all kinds of trouble when he encounters people while undercover as his prosthetically enhanced alter ego.
In honor of the premiere of Gigi Does It, join us for a look at a long line of celebrities who’ve gone undercover for laughs.
Krumholtz isn’t the first big-name celeb to become unrecognizable for a good, old-fashioned prank, but he’s definitely our new favorite. Accompanied by her trusty male nurse, Gigi isn’t afraid to give an art gallery curator her creative opinion on the works in his collection, or to tell a bunch of grannies how she slipped a nip in front of her grandkids. (Click here to watch a free episode of Gigi Does It.)
Despite his immense stardom, Drake is a polarizing figure. There are many people who have no patience for him or his music, and to weed these people out for himself, the hip hop star went undercover on the street in California. Thankfully, Jimmy Kimmel and his “I Witness News” team were on hand to watch the whole thing play out.
3. Channing Tatum
Everyone loves Channing Tatum. It’s not rocket science. But add in a special early screening of Magic Mike XXL, male strippers, and an added surprise, and it’s no wonder people couldn’t contain themselves. The added surprise was Tatum going undercover as an old man conducting a survey with the attendees. People laughed when he later gyrated on the lap of a woman in the front row, but the party really took off when he revealed his true identity.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Ah-nuld can’t really go anywhere without getting noticed. So in order to promote the After School All-Stars charity, the Terminator star disguised himself as a trainer at a Gold’s Gym who just happened to sound exactly like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thankfully his intense mustache didn’t scare folks off from ever setting foot inside a gym again.
5. David Beckham
Ellen DeGeneres likes to use her powers for good, making some of the celebrity guests on her talk show go in disguise to prank regular folks. For David Beckham, the comedienne had him pose as a Target employee and say and do ridiculous things to get customers to smell his cologne. Like Schwarzenegger, however, people caught on pretty quickly that it was really the soccer star under that fake mustache and glasses.
6. Ashton Kutcher
The That ’70s Show star made a career out of pranking people with Punk’d, so he decided to use his skills in this arena to sell some tablets. The actor became Coordrey, a product engineer for Lenovo, in order to get customers to purchase their new product. Normally we would denounce those who would shamelessly use their powers for commercial purposes, but this is pretty amusing.
7. Kim Kardashian
Raise your hand if you would like to tell Kim Kardashian what you really think of her — to her face, no less. Some people inadvertently got to do that when the princess of the Kardashian clan went undercover on an episode of Celebrity Undercover. The premise was that candidates were being interviewed for a job as Kim’s assistant, while the reality star herself got to hear what everyone was saying about her.
8. Bryan Cranston
Cranston pulled the perfect prank at Comic Con 2013 by walking around the show floor as his Breaking Bad alter ego Walter White. The mask was so spot-on, no one realized it was the actual Heisenberg underneath.
9. Johnny Knoxville
The Jackass maven had a huge comedy hit by disguising himself under prosthetic make-up to play a cranky senior. Perhaps he should drop by Gigi’s place for a cocktail or two.
10. Sacha Baron Cohen
Whether as Borat, Ali G or Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career out of pranking people with his outrageous characters.
Documentary Now! closes out its 50th season this week with the film “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” a Behind the Music-style look at the rise and fall of one of the most successful purveyors of mellow, California-style soft rock. Despite the fact that the members of BJC hailed from Chicago, their hits like “Catalina Breeze” fit in perfectly with contemporaries like Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates, Poco and other giants of “Yacht Rock.” (The band’s feathered hair and awesome ‘staches also helped.)
In honor of the Blue Jean Committee’s story finally being told, check out our tribute to the most epic facial hair in soft rock.
10. Paul Davis
The bearded “I Go Crazy” singer gets extra points for his luxurious mane of blonde hair.
9. Seals and Crofts
“Summer Breeze” makes us feel fine and so does the one-two punch of Seals & Crofts’ mesmerizing beard/goatee combo.
8. Rupert Holmes
Mr. Holmes’ neatly trimmed beard doesn’t excuse the fact that he was using the personals column to cheat on his lady. “The Pina Colada Song” is basically the Ashley Madison of its day.
7. Pretty much every member of Orleans
The ’70s bros in Orleans loved two things — beards and going shirtless on album covers.
6. England Dan and John Ford Coley
Ladies, these guys (and their mustaches) would really love to see you tonight.
5. Bobby Kimball from Toto
You might remember Toto for their monster soft rock jams “Rosanna” and “Africa.” But if you’re like us, you see the majestic follicles of singer Bobby Kimball’s mustache when you close your eyes and drift away on a blissful wave of smooth.
Freddy Krueger first grabbed America’s attention with the Nightmare On Elm Street films – and later grabbed cash with a TV series, a Nintendo game, a 1-900 number, toys, dolls, a board game and a pinball machine. But despite the corny spin-offs, the Elm Street movies left psychic scars on a generation of horror fans. Before you catch IFC’s Nightmare on Elm Street movie marathon this Halloween, see how well you know the Freddy films.