One “Wild!” episode …
Holy Dick Clark!
Every day between now and 1/12 — the 50th anniversary of Batman’s TV debut — we’ll be counting down our Top 13 episodes. For more info on our latest Batman ’66 celebration, click here.
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#13 was True or False Face/Holy Rat Race (click here!)
Now to #12 …
Green Ice/Deep Freeze has some significant shortcomings — the lame attempt at trying to make “Wild!” a Mr. Freeze catchphrase among them — but it’s highly entertaining nonetheless.
First and foremost, Otto Preminger — despised though he was on the set — nails the look. His big, blue bald head gives you the sense he’s wearing a bubble helmet even though he most definitely isn’t. His physical appearance makes him one of the most memorable villains ever on the show.
As far as some episode specifics, I’m a big fan of the pool sequence. I always liked whenever they’d show Gotham’s swank nightlife, with Bruce and Dick in their evening finery. It helped propel the illusion that they had lives outside the costumes.
I talked about this episode at length on The Batcave Podcast with host John S. Drew (click here to download and listen. It’s a good time!). He likes the episode a lot less than I do — though he’s more fond of Marie Windsor’s Nellie Majors than I am. I recognize that this one has significant plot holes — really, the city would turn on Batman that quickly? — and that this is style over substance.
But I do love the style.
NOTE: If you want to check out our behind-the-scenes look at Diamond’s Otto Preminger Mr. Freeze bust, click here!