Batman

Batman (1966)

39 mistakes in season 1

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Batman Stands Pat (2) - S1-E14

Visible crew/equipment: Batman's plaster-covered costume gets an instant dry cleaning en route as he drives from the sculptor's studio to the batcave.

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Jean G

Batman Stands Pat (2) - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: When Batman and Robin break through Mad Hatter's window, several large chunks of glass remain attached to the wood frame. In the very next shot, they've vanished.

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Jean G

The Joker Goes to School (1) - S1-E15

Revealing mistake: Batman drives out of the batcave alone. The first bit of stock footage of the car leaving the cave does indeed show him alone in the batmobile. But the very next stock shot of the car speeding down the dirt road shows us Robin sitting in the passenger seat.

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Jean G

The Joker Is Wild (1) - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: When Batman and Robin are in the museum speaking with the director, Batman's chest emblem is high enough on his chest that it nearly touches the bottom edge of his cowl. In the next shot, when he leaves the museum, the emblem has moved down several inches.

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When the Rat's Away the Mice Will Play (2) - S1-E12

Visible crew/equipment: The microphone dips into the shot at the end, just as Aunt Harriet is kissing Dick and Bruce good-bye.

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Jean G

Smack in the Middle (2) - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Molly is about to disguise herself as Robin. But the wig she's holding isn't even remotely the same color as Robin's hair. Of course, as soon as she puts it on and transforms herself, the wig darkens and becomes Robin's actual hair.

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Jean G

Hi Diddle Riddle (1) - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: While the unconscious Robin is being carried away from the Batmobile by one of Riddler's thugs, his cape loosens and appears to completely fall off just before they exit the frame. In the next shot, Robin is still being carried away but his cape is securely back in place.

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Jeff Swanson

The Joker Is Wild (1) - S1-E5

Audio problem: Joker's TV debut as an opera singer isn't very convincing. Even through the partially-obscuring clown mask, you can see that his lips aren't moving at all.

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Jean G
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Fine Feathered Finks (1) - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Batman starts the Bat-Turn, the parachutes are shown deploying on a 6-lane major roadway (3 lanes in each direction) in a very open area, but after completing the 180-degree turn, the car is shown driving away from the crumpled chutes on a much narrower side street among tall buildings.

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The Joker Goes to School (1) - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: In the batcave, Batman's cape suffers a case of over-the-shoulder/off-the-shoulder blues, going from one to the other several times between takes.

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Jean G

Fine Feathered Finks (1) - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Batman reverses direction of the Batmobile via a "Bat-Turn", the car is shown from above turning counter-clockwise, but the next interior view shows the car is spinning clockwise.

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johnrosa

A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away (1) - S1-E11

Visible crew/equipment: During the first scene in Commissioner Gordon's office, the microphone shadow is outlined on the front of Chief O'Hara's uniform.

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Jean G

Batman Stands Pat (2) - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: At the end, as Bruce Wayne speaks to Magda, he's standing with his arms at his sides. When the shot cuts, his hands are suddenly clasped in front of him.

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Jean G

Smack in the Middle (2) - S1-E2

Deliberate mistake: Ignoring that its very unlikely all of Jill St. John's copious red hair would fit under a wig that passes for Robin's hair, it's impossible that it would emerge from under that wig looking as full and perfectly styled as it does when she's in the Batcave.

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The Joker Is Wild (1) - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: In close-up, Bruce Wayne folds his newspaper in half, leaving the folded edge facing the camera. The shot cuts to a wider view and immediately, the paper has reversed positions in his hand.

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Jean G

Batman Stands Pat (2) - S1-E14

Visible crew/equipment: When Mad Hatter is sending Lisa in to butter up Mr. Bowinkle, the microphone shadow is bobbing up and down above their heads.

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Jean G

Batman Is Riled (2) - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Batman and Robin crash through the window, there's no glass left in the frame - at least not until the next shot, when several large shards that weren't there before suddenly appear at the edges.

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Jean G

The Joker Trumps an Ace (1) - S1-E25

Factual error: Though he's a bastion of knowledge and a member of the museum board, Bruce Wayne completely mangles Egyptian history - twice. He says that King Tut ruled in the 14th Dynasty, and that the museum's mummy was a 14th Dynasty king who ruled in 1500 BC. Wrong on both counts. Tut reigned from 1336-1349 BC. The 14th Dynasty ran from 1773-1650 BC. Wayne would have known that - and so would his well-educated colleagues, none of whom points out the error.

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Jean G

Not Yet, He Ain't (2) - S1-E22

Factual error: When the Penguin steals the Batmobile, Batman spies on him from a tiny camera he says is hidden behind the car's fuel gauge. But the picture he and Robin are viewing has been shot from several feet away from the car, not from inside it.

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Jean G

The Ring of Wax (1) - S1-E23

Other mistake: Riddler says that his "universal wax solvent" can eat through anything. Which begs the question, just what is that vat he cooks the stuff up in made of? We see the wax burn through solid steel vault doors. So it also ought to be eating through the vat, the floor and the bedrock, and sizzling its way down to the Earth's core.

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Jean G

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The 1966 T.V. Batmobile was created from a decade-old "concept show car" designed and built in 1955 by Ford's Lincoln Division. It was called the Lincoln Futura, and was originally a pearlescent pale green. After several years on the car show rounds (and an appearance in one movie, repainted red), it was sold for $1 to George Barris who stored it outdoors for 6 years. When FOX called looking for Barris to build a car for the show, they gave him 3 weeks, so he grabbed this already-weird looking car he had out back, sketched a few changes and passed the physical work to Bill Cushenberry. It was finished on time and the rest is history.

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