Director of BATMAN ’66 Pilot Making Rare Public Appearance

The man who helmed Hi Diddle Riddle…

Veteran TV director Robert Butler, who brought the Batman ’66 pilot to life, will appear Saturday (9/8) at a special panel commemorating the show and its Hollywood Museum exhibit, organizers say.

It’s a rare Bat-appearance for Butler, who also directed the first Penguin and Mr. Freeze episodes, and he’ll be joined by Burt Ward, as well as a number of collectors instrumental in the museum’s Batman ’66 exhibit that debuted in January. (Click here for more on the panel.)

For roughly four decades, Butler, a 90-year-old multiple Emmy winner, was a go-to for TV pilots, directing the first episodes of major shows such as Star Trek, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Lois & Clark. He and James Burrows were the recipients of the Directors Guild of America’s inaugural lifetime achievement award in television direction.

From Hi Diddle Riddle

If you’re in the LA area on Saturday, I highly recommend hitting up the panel and checking out the exhibit, which is spectacular. (Click here for an UP-CLOSE LOOK.)

The panel starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes until 2:30, with “lots of surprises” promised by organizers. Special $40 VIP tickets are required and include admission to the museum, the panel with refreshments, a commemorative t-shirt and 10 percent off a dessert at Mel’s Diner next door.

For more information, click here for the Hollywood Museum.

A glimpse of the exhibit


— Overview of the BATMAN ’66 Exhibit. Click here.

— The 13 GROOVIEST THINGS at the BATMAN ’66 Museum Exhibit. Click here.

— INSIDE LOOK at the BATMAN ’66 Epic Villains Display. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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