You’ll be doing that Bat Watusi in your own home in no time. The most recent issue of License! Global has an article about the relationship between Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel that has led to broad toy lines based on the DC Universe stable, including television and film properties like Young Justice, The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Man of Steel. There was one toy line mentioned that has fans of the DC Comics and campy ’60s television excited: the Batman TV series.
While running down a list of upcoming Mattel DC figures, the magazine mentions ones for shows like Cartoon Network’s upcoming CG-animated Beware the Batman, but the real surprise came with this blurb: “The 1960’s Classic Batman TV Series line, which will be released next year, is based on the original television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.”
The new toy line comes as a result of the deal announced back in June between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. See, Warner Bros. owns Batman, but Fox created the series, which aired for 120 episodes between 1966 and 1968. The two companies have been unable to come to any kind of agreement in the past about working together on any official merchandise for the beloved show, but now they’re playing nice. The underlying news here is that we might be getting ever closer to official, non-bootlegged, good looking transfers of those classic episodes on DVD or possibly even Blu-ray in the relatively near future.