After directing the Flash and Supergirl on their respective CW series, Kevin Smith has turned his attention to Batman -- sort of. As it was revealed last month, Smith was tapped to direct an upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs," one that is all about the mania surrounding the release of Tim Burton's "Batman" in 1989.
A month later, Smith's time on the "Goldbergs" set has come to an end. Smith announced the episode's wrap by showing off the wrap present he gave the cast and crew following the completion of the episode. As seen on Facebook, the shirt features the cast of "The Goldbergs" scaling a wall in the style of the "Batman '66" TV series. "Goldbergs" actor Jeff Garlin modeled the shirt, which features art from Marty Abbe-Schneider and a quote from Smith on the back. Smith also revealed that "Nerdist" co-host Matt Mira recommended him for the gig.
This shirt is the latest in a long line of wrap presents given to the crews of shows Smith works on. He previously gave the "Supergirl" crew a shirt featuring himself and the Girl of Steel recreating an iconic DC Comics cover.
“Goldbergs” EP and creator Adam F. Goldberg is as big a fan of Smith as Smith is of Batman. When Smith was announced as director of this episode, Goldberg commented, “I’ve waited in long lines to have him sign my ‘Bluntman’ comics, I’ve collected his ‘Clerks’ action figures, I’ve forced my writers to watch clips of his speaking engagements and I shoe-horned in a part for him in my screenplay for ‘Fanboys’ just so I could meet the guy,” said Goldberg. The show creator added that he bonded with his brother over Smith’s films. “There is no better person out there to help bring our Burton’s Batman episode to life. Truly.”
The director, known for feature films like “Mallrats” and “Clerks,” is becoming TV’s go-to guy for bringing the DC Universe to the small screen. The "Batman" 1989 episode of "The Goldbergs" comes after Smith’s recent turns directing episodes of the CW’s “Flash” and “Supergirl” series. The “Batman” episode of “The Goldbergs” will air later this spring.
“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, AJ Michalka, George Segal and Jeff Garlin and airs on ABC on Wednesday nights.