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The Batman/Superman Hour is a Filmation animated series that was broadcast on CBS from 1968 to 1969. Premiering on September 14 1968, this 60-minute program featured new adventures of the DC Comics superheroes Batman, Robin and Batgirl alongside shorts from The New Adventures of Superman and The Adventures of Superboy.

Series overview

This series marked the first Saturday Morning vehicle of Batman, his supporting cast and some of their classic enemies. At the time the show was ordered by CBS, the live-action Batman TV show was at its ratings peak on ABC. Due to a licensing oversight on the part of the live-action show's producers, Filmation was able to secure the cartoon rights to Batman and produce the series for CBS.

The Batman/Superman Hour went into production close to the start of the 1968 TV season, requiring Filmation to pull as many additional animators from other projects as they could spare to ramp up production. According to Norm Prescott, six episodes of another series already sold to CBS — starring another DC Comics character, Metamorpho, the Element Man — had been completed and were ready to air, but the entire series had been shelved when CBS chose to rush The Batman/Superman Hour on its schedule.

This series was the first time Olan Soule and Casey Kasem performed as the voices of Batman and Robin. When The New Adventures of Batman was produced in 1977, Adam West and Burt Ward reprised the roles they had originally played in the live action TV series. Soule and Kasem would return several times to reprise their roles in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Super Friends, The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the SuperFriends and The World's Greatest Super Friends. Kasem would go on to voice Robin with Adam West as Batman in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.

In 1969, the series was repackaged into 30-minute episodes without the Superman segments and renamed Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder. Batman would next appear in The New Adventures of Batman in 1977. In 1985, Warner Home Video released five selected episodes of the series on VHS as part of the "Super Powers" video collection. These videos were rereleased in 1996 and are out of print. In 1996, episodes were included in The Superman/Batman Adventures on the USA Network. They later aired on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang Network.


The Batman half of The Batman/Superman Hour consisted of one story presented in two 6 1/2 minute segments and one story in a single 6 1/2 minute segment.

Thirty-four stories were produced:

Long (2-segment) stories

01. My Crime Is Your Crime (Originally Aired 9/14/1968)

02. The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze (Originally Aired 9/21/1968)

03. How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow? (Originally Aired 9/28/1968)

04. The Nine Lives of Batman (Originally Aired 10/5/1968)

05. Bubi, Bubi, Who's Got the Ruby? (Originally Aired 10/12/1968)

06. The Big Birthday Caper (Originally Aired 10/19/1968)

07. Partners in Peril (Originally Aired 10/26/1968)

08. Hizzoner the Joker (Originally Aired 11/2/1968)

09. The Crime Computer (Originally Aired 11/9/1968)

10. A Game of Cat and Mouse (Originally Aired 11/16/1968)

11. Will the Real Robin Please Stand Up? (Originally Aired 11/23/1968)

12. Simon the Pieman (Originally Aired 9/30/1968)

13. From Catwoman with Love (Originally Aired 12/7/1968)

14. A Perfidious Pieman Is Simon (Originally Aired 12/14/1968)

15. The Fiendish, Frigid Fraud (Originally Aired 12/21/1968)

16. The Jigsaw Jeopardy (Originally Aired 12/28/1968)

17. It Takes Two to Make a Team (Originally Aired 1/4/1969)

Short (1-segment) stories

18. A Bird Out of Hand (Originally Aired 9/14/1968)

19. The Joke's on Robin (Originally Aired 9/21/1968)

20. In Again, Out Again Penguin (Originally Aired 9/28/1968)

21. Long John Joker (Originally Aired 10/5/1968)

22. 1001 Faces of the Riddler (Originally Aired 10/12/1968)

23. Two Penguins Too Many (Originally Aired 10/19/1968)

24. The Underworld Underground Caper (Originally Aired 10/26/1968)

25. Freeze's Frozen Vikings (Originally Aired 11/2/1968)

26. The Great Scarecrow Scare (Originally Aired 11/9/1968)

27. Beware of Living Dolls (Originally Aired 11/16/1968)

28. He Who Swipes the Ice, Goes to the Cooler (Originally Aired 11/23/1968)

29. A Mad, Mad Tea Party (Originally Aired 11/30/1968)

30. Perilous Playthings (Originally Aired 12/7/1968)

31. Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper (Originally Aired 12/14/1968)

32. Enter the Judge (Originally Aired 12/21/1968)

33. Wrath of the Riddler (Originally Aired 12/28/1968)

34. Opera Buffa (Originally Aired 1/4/1969)


Production credits

  • A Ducovny Productions Inc. Presentation
  • Directed by Hal Sutherland
  • Associate Directors: Rudy Larriva, Amby Paliwoda, Don Towsley, Lou Zukor
  • Art Director: Don Christensen
  • Storyboard: Sherman Labby, Oscar Dufau, Mike O'Connor, Jan Green, Gary Lund
  • Layout: Dan Noonan, Ray Vinella, Herb Hazelton, C.L. Hartman, Jacques Rupp, Ray Jacobs, Kay Wright, Louise Sandoval, Takashi Masunaga, Mike Ploog, Bill Lignante, Marilee Heyer, Alberto DeMello, Dick Preisen, Frank Gonzales, Mel Keefer, Sylvia Mattinson, Kay Wright
  • Background Director: Erv Kaplan
  • Background Artists: Paul Xander, Bill Geach, Martin Forte, Jack Healey, Ted Littlefield, Art Lozzi, Jim Jones, Maurice Harvey, Venetia Epler, Bill McArdle, Lorraine Marue, Ann Guenther, Barbara Smith
  • Animation: Bill Hajee, Ralph Somerville, Len Rogers, Murray McClellan, Len Redman, James Brummett, Bob Carr, Russ Von Neida, Bob Bransford, Joan Orbison, Bill Pratt, Marshall Lamore, Robert Bentley, Jack Foster, Norm McCabe, George Grandpre, Judy Drake, Bill Reed, Chic Otterstrom, Les Kaluza, Xenia, Bill Hutten, Otto Feuer, Ken Southworth, Jack Ozark, Reuben Timmins, Ed Friedman, Butch Davis, Virgil Raddatz, Bob Trochim, Virgil Ross, Tom McDonald, Dave Tendlar, Bob Matz, Paul Krukowski, Dick Hall
  • Camera Supervision: Roger Brown
  • Camera: Ray Lee, Ron LaPeer, Gary Milton, Sergio Antonio Alcazar, Roger Sims
  • Editorial: Joseph Simon
  • Negative Cutting: June Gilham
  • Sound Effects: Enfeld Mahana Corp.
  • Prints by Technicolor
  • Production Coordinator: Rock Benedict
  • Checking Supervisor: Marion Turk
  • Ink and Paint Supervision: Martha Buckley
  • Voices: Bud Collyer (Clark Kent/Superman); Bob Hastings (Superboy); Ted Knight (Narrator/all Batman villains); Joan Alexander (Lois Lane); Casey Kasem (Dick Grayson/Robin); Jackson Beck (Lex Luthor); Olan Soule (Bruce Wayne/Batman); Jack Grimes (James "Jimmy" Olsen); Jane Webb (Barbara Gordon/Batgirl; all vilainesses); Cliff Owens
  • Background Music: John Gart
  • All Characters Appearing In The Batman-Superman Hour Are © Copyright Characters Appearing In DC Superman-DC Comics. Copyright 1968 By National Periodical Publications.
  • The Character Batman Was Created By Bob Kane
  • Executive Producer: Allen Ducovny
  • Produced by Norm Prescott, Lou Scheimer
  • Produced at Filmation Associates in Hollywoodmarker in association with the Ducovny Prod., Inc.
Batman © Copyright - Ducovny Productions, Inc. 1968

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