When the live-action Batman series arrived on television screens in 1966, it was a huge hit. The show – which starred Adam West in the title role – drew in large audiences and quickly became a pop culture phenomenon.
As more and more episodes aired, Batman caught the attention of many star names, with some of the most famous faces of the era all wanting to appear on the show. Keen to oblige (and raise the profile of the show even further) the producers lined up a collection of headline acts to play villains.
But with all those villains heading to Gotham to tackle the Caped Crusader and his trusty side-kick, Robin, did the Dynamic Duo ever get any help from a crime-fighting friend? Did a hero such as Wonder Woman ever appear on the series?
Wonder Woman was an incredibly popular character, and she even had her own television series with Lynda Carter in the role – so was there ever a cross-over episode between the Wonder Woman TV show and the Batman series?
Well, if this question has been burning a hole into your brain and you are desperate for the answer, I can tell you that Wonder Woman did not appear on the 1966 Batman television show. Not only did Wonder Woman not appear, she was never even mentioned at any point during the show’s three seasons.
If you believe Wondy did put in an appearance, or someone told you she must have appeared at least once in the series, I must inform you this is incorrect. Wonder Woman was nowhere to be seen in the 1966 Batman series.
‘But wait’, I hear you cry – ‘I’ve seen images of Adam West and Lynda Carter together, in full costume. What’s that all about then?’
Well, it is entirely possible that you have seen Adam West dressed as Batman and Lynda Carter dressed as Wonder Woman appearing in the same image together. However, this image – and any image like it – is fake. It is a Photoshopped image, and nothing more.
The 1960’s Batman television series aired from 1966 until 1968. Wonder Woman (re-titled The New Adventures of Wonder Woman for Season Two and Three) aired from 1975 until 1979.
In terms of their broadcast dates, the two shows aired a decade apart. In fact, Lynda Carter wasn’t even cast in the role of Wonder Woman when Batman stopped airing, so there was zero chance of a crossover.
Adam West did reprise the role of Batman for two live-action television specials, which aired in the late ‘70s when Wonder Woman was on air, but neither of these specials featured Wonder Woman. The shows – Legends of the Superheroes: The Challenge and Legends of the Superheroes: The Roast – featured heroes including the Flash, Green Lantern, and Captain Marvel (aka Shazam), but not Wonder Woman.
The closest Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman came to meeting Adam West’ Batman came in 2017, via the comic book Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77. This six-issue series, later released as a trade paperback, was a spin-off from the Batman ’66 comic – a comic book continuation of the classic TV show.
Beyond this there were some internet rumblings about West and Carter voicing their respective characters for a potential animated movie, in the same vein as Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face (2017), but this was nothing more than internet chatter. And once West passed away in 2017, this put paid to any further rumours relating to this idea.
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