Burt Ward, a.k.a. “The Boy Wonder” Robin, was recently in our neighbourhood for Hamilton Comic Con. We had the chance to speak to him one-on-one about his memories of playing a superhero in one of the most iconic television series of all time.


Holy revival!

When it premiered on ABC television in January 1966, Batman became something of a phenomenon. Rarely had a television series vaulted to the top of the ratings as quickly, or established an audience so broadly-based and intensely loyal. Today the adventures of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder are more popular than ever, and a new generation of audiences are discovering the meaning of the term “Batmania.”

Created by Bob Kane in Detective Comics #27, Batman was unique among super-heroes in that he could neither fly, nor did he come from another planet or have supernatural powers. The appeal of the character was rooted in the fact that Batman was a normal human who took the form of a bat in order to conceal his true identity and terrorize evil-doers. His only extraordinary attributes were his vast personal fortune, his strength and agility, and a keen detective sense.

In 1984 all of Batman‘s 120 episodes were carefully remastered from the original negatives, restoring all of the sharpness and colour of the original network versions.

Having stood the test of time, today’s adults are sure to enjoy watching Batman as nostalgia and appreciate the wit and satire far more than they would have during its first release. Today’s children will no doubt enjoy the show much as their parents did, as a fast-paced and colourful adventure series!