Julie Newmar

Batman: The Movie

You just knew that with all of FSR’s Batman coverage this week, we wanted to tackle a commentary worthy of the caped crusader’s name. Of course, we already handled Christopher Nolan’s sole DVD commentary contribution, and anything Joel Schumacher has to say has to be heard first-hand to be believed. Sure, we could have gone to Tim Burton for this one, but his track record on talking about his own movie is a big goose egg thus far. We didn’t want to chance it, so we went back, way back, to the swingin’ 60s and the POW, BLAM, and SPLAT of the colorful classic Batman: The Movie. Originally intended to be the TV series pilot, the film ended up getting a theatrical release between the series’ first and second seasons. It would continue on for three seasons total, but that classic “Batman” series would continue in the hearts of little boy wonders and batgirls all over the world for decades to come. Even now, the fandom behind this series is undeniable. Thanks to the never-ending wonders of DVD and Blu-Ray, we have this movie in all of its campy goodness. What’s more, we have Batman and Robin themselves, Adam West and Burt Ward, providing appropriately quirky commentary. Check out what they had to say right here. Holy Feature Length Amazement, Batman!

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #116): “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville” (airdate 4/11/63) The Plot: A rich old bastard takes joy in acquiring businesses that have fallen on hard times and destroying the lives of those who originally created them. His only real want left is the chance to return to his hometown and do it all over again. Cue a certain Miss Devlin and an offer he can’t refuse… The Goods: Mr. William Feathersmith is a brilliant businessman but a bad man. We first meet him as he very intentionally and cruelly destroys another old man’s business empire right before his eyes. Laughing as the poor guy makes his walk of shame to the elevator, Feathersmith’s happiness and satisfaction knows no bounds. Well, maybe one. “Getting it was the kick,” he says. “Not having it.” The real thrill he’s found is in the maneuvering required to take things from others and profit off of them. After the fact, once he’s ostensibly won the thing in question, the joy and excitement dwindles. So what do you do when you already have everything?

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Angelina Jolie as Catwoman?

Apparently Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in the original Batman TV series, told the New York Daily News that she has knowledge that Angelina Jolie has inquired about playing Catwoman in the not yet announced third film in Christopher Nolan’s series.

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