If there is one thing audiences remember about Burt Ward’s Robin in the 1960s “Batman” TV series, it is that while the Boy Wonder never once used a cuss word, he came about as close as was humanly possible on a kids TV show, uttering a variety of phrases including the word “Holy” a total of 378 times during its original run.
This revelation came in a clip from an interview with Ward released on the Official Warner Bros. YouTube channel as part of the promotional effort for “Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders,” an animated film that reunites Ward with his co-star Adam West, as well as Catwoman Julie Newmar for more adventures in the mold of the ’60s TV show.
In the interview Ward further breaks down the total to an average of three “Holy” utterances per half-hour, including the memorable “Holy Ravioli!” from a scene in a spaghetti-making factory.
Of course, the new animation adds a heap of new additions to the list, and Ward thinks they are more than a match for the original 378, declaring, “They’re richer, they’re deeper, they’re all of a sudden 2016.'”
The channel also include further extracts from the same Ward interview, covering what the character of Robin means to the actor personally and what Ward describes as the “blurred lines” of the animation’s increased moral complexity over the original TV series.
Directed by Rick Morales and written by Michael Jelenic and James Tucker, “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” is available now on Digital HD and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 1.
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