So much great stuff.
The Batman ’66 exhibit at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Museum is about as good a tribute to the show as you’ll ever see.
Lovingly curated by Wally Wingert, with contributions from about two dozen collectors and other helpful sorts, the three-month exhibition manages to nail just about every important aspect of Batman ’66 lore — and you can get your FIRST LOOK by clicking here.
Beyond that glimpse, however, I really wanted to dig deeper into what makes this Batstravaganza so compelling.
The exhibit is broadly divided into four sections: Bruce Wayne’s study, the Batcave, the rogue’s gallery and rare collectibles. But there’s so much material that the organizers had to utilize additional display cases to show off all they had to offer. The exhibit is further festooned with informational signage and colorful photos.
The items on display are a combination of screen-used curios and ridiculously precise replicas. The latter was necessary for a couple of reasons: The exhibit’s contributors were remarkably generous in lending their items but there are still collectors out there who may not be so willing to let valuable authentic props and costumes out of their sight for three months. Further, the original costumes have largely faded with age.
The solution? The replicas, which were created by remarkably dedicated fans of the show who share a single-minded determination to preserve and celebrate Batman’s enduring legacy. The result is a combination of old and new that lends an air of historic impact while maintaining the brightly lit DayGlo sensibility of a show that grooved in the go-go ’60s.
There was a VIP celebration Wednesday night featuring Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether and other guest stars from the show. A Batmobile straight from the George Barris shop was parked outside — and a Batsignal ripped straight from the show’s end credits was splashed on the side of the building. (Julie Newmar, who was scheduled to attend, was under the weather.)
Now, it’s your turn. The exhibit — formally called Holy Hollywood History: Batman ’66 — opens to the public Friday, which is the 52nd anniversary of the show’s Jan. 12, 1966, premiere on ABC. Ticket info can be found here.
In the meantime, dig these photos: The 13 Grooviest Things at the Batman ’66 Museum Exhibit. (And keep in mind: The exhibit has tons more to offer than what I’m showing here. I could probably come up with several more “13 Grooviest Things” lists. But you can’t expect me to spoil the whole thing, can you?)
— For overview photos of the BATMAN ’66 exhibit — which you most definitely want to see, click here.
— For an INSIDE LOOK at the BATMAN ’66 epic villains display, click here.