Originally planned as the pilot film for the “Batman” TV series, the movie was instead produced between the show’s first and second seasons. The producers took advantage of the larger budget to have a number of new Bat-gadgets constructed, such as the Bat-Boat. Also it helped to promote the series overseas.
Julie Newmar does not appear in this film because she did not know about it and had signed to do another project. By the time she was informed, she could not get out of the other commitment in time to do this movie. Lee Meriwether starred as Catwoman instead.
Sterling Holloway is listed in the credits as Col. Terry, all his scenes were, in fact, cut from the film as released.
The original trailer includes specially-shot footage of the four super villains outlining their plans for the Dynamic Duo. Still frames from these sequences are visible when Batman and Commissioner Gordon watch a closed-circuit TV update on villains at large. The trailer also includes specially-shot footage of Batman and Robin addressing the audience about their first motion picture.
Commodore Schmidlapp was originally called Commodore Redhead.
Originally it was planned for a Penguin exploding umbrella to be used instead of a exploding octopus.
Hecate is the name of Catwoman’s cat.
Here is a list of gadgets used in the movie.
- Instant costume change lever
- Batdrift angle
- Automatic bathold
- Bat-Copter Bat-Camera
- Shark-repellent batspray
- Magnifying bat-lens
- Film development tank
- Navigational aid computer
- Utility belt transmitter
- Batlift (up the the batpoles)
- Lunar Screen
- Anticrime file
- Polarized bat-filter
- Blinding bat-pellets
- Eye retina pattern bat-file
- Drinking water dispenser
- Anti-Penguin-Gas tablets
- Bat-charge weapon
- Super-Molecular Dust Seperator
Who got paid what
Here is a list of the salaries paid to the credited cast and crew. (Sourced from “The Batbook: Revised Edition” written by Joel Eisner)
- Adam West (Batman) -$100,000
- Burt Ward (Robin) – $35,000
- Alan Napier (Alfred) – $3,750
- Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gordon) – $4,400
- Stafford Repp (Chief O’Hara) – $3,300
- Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet) – $1,250
- Cesar Romero (Joker) – $16,000
- Burgess Meredith (Penguin) – $35,000
- Frank Gorshin (Riddler) – $12,000
- Lee Meriwether (Catwoman) – $10,000
- Gil Perkins (Bluebeard) – $4,000
- Dick Crockett (Morgan) – $2,400
- George Sawaya (Quetch) – $2,000
- Milton Frome (Vice Admiral Fangschliester) – $500
- Reginald Denny (Commodore Schmidlapp) – $1,500
- The voice of United States President – $250
- The Security Council Delegates – $250
- Leslie H. Martinson (Director) – $23,250
- Lorenzo Semple Jr. (Writer) – $50,000