Youthful Ward

Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk are featured in tonight’s “Pioneers of Television.” They’re good but I’m most interested in seeing Batman and Robin on the “Superheroes” episode of the PBS show.

I hope that the show’s producers did a better job of fact-checking than the person who wrote the following paragraph on the website:

The comic book “Batman” was darker and more serious, but the television producers wanted something of a lighter touch for the show and found in Adam West the right man to convey competence and dry wit. One of its most famous scenes is when Batman tries to get rid of a bomb that is about to explode. Running back and forth on an amusement pier, Batman’s effort to toss away the bomb is foiled by everything from strolling nuns to a baby carriage to ducklings. “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb,” is Batman’s aside.

That iconic scene is not from the TV series but from the movie that was released in theatres between the first and second seasons of the show.

Adam West and Burt Ward were both interviewed for the show. In this clip, they describe a stunt gone bad during the “Smack in the Middle” episode.

Watch Dangerous Stunts on Batman on PBS. See more from Pioneers of Television.

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