Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with SI­MONE KER­WIN

IF you’re at that stage of the school hol­i­days when all en­ter­tain­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties have just about been ex­hausted, why not con­sider plan­ning a ‘retro’ Bat­man night for Fri­day?

SBS Viceland screens two episodes of the clas­sic 1960s se­ries each Fri­day from 7.30pm, in what has be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture in our house­hold rou­tine.

Even for younger mem­bers of the fam­ily who have been raised on the slick cin­e­matic su­per­heroes of the mod­ern age, it is an ab­so­lute de­light to slip back into the era when Adam West and Burt Ward wore the silki­est, shini­est capes ever known to crime-fight­ing.

From the fa­mil­iar theme mu­sic (you won’t be able to re­sist singing that “Na-na-nana-na-na-na-na, Na-na-na-nana-na-na-na, Bat­man!” line), to the dou­ble en­ten­dres that will en­ter­tain adults while float­ing right over kids’ heads, it’s a whole lot of fun.

Dur­ing the fight scenes, we com­pete to see who can pick the next sound ef­fect that will pop up on screen; will it be ‘Kapow!’, ‘Boff!’, ‘Wham!’, or some­thing com­pletely from left field?

If Bat­man and Robin are climb­ing a wall, you can name the guest star who pops out un­ex­pect­edly from a win­dow; the la­bels on equip­ment in the Bat­cave are end­lessly chuck­lein­duc­ing; and if you’re re­ally lucky, Bat­man will dance the Ba­tusi while round­ing up the bad guys.

For those who grew up with this show as their only ref­er­ence to the Caped Cru­sader, it’s com­fort­ing to know that de­spite all the new in­car­na­tions, Alan Napier is still the best Al­fred, and Neil Hamil­ton will al­ways be Com­mis­sioner Gor­don.

Throw in Ce­sar Romero’s iconic Joker, and Burgess Mered­ith’s im­print on the Penguin’s laugh, not to men­tion the pre-Girlpower moves of Yvonne Craig’s Bat­girl/Bar­bara Gor­don, and there is plenty to en­tice young view­ers, and keep their car­ers happy too.

◆ CULT: Burt Ward and Adam West take you back to a sim­pler time for su­per­heroes each Fri­day night on SBS Viceland.

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