Episode 50: The Bookworm Turns (Commentary)

Welcome to the forty-ninth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.

Unless they do a commentary.

For their fiftieth episode, Andy and Mike are kicking back and watching two episodes of the Batman ’66 television series.  Batman has one of the best rogues galleries in popular fiction and most of the big guns traded blows and barbs with Adam West and Burt Ward.  Some of the villains they fought originated on the show and one of the guys’ favorites was The Bookworm.  So, they decided to talk over the episodes The Bookworm Turns and While Gotham City Burns.


Because the Bookworm is awesome, that’s why.

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Next Time: Andy and Mike begin their coverage of Under The Hood!


  1. Thank you, gentlemen, for this fun, lighthearted commentary. It was a refreshing “palate cleanser” from some of the recent darker storylines you’ve covered. I’m not complaining about those. I think you did an excellent job, but the stories, themselves, especially grouped in a series, can be heavy.
    I remember, as a kid, really enjoying the Bookworm as a villain (I’m old enough that I saw the show in its original airing.), and I credit Roddy McDowall for that, to a very great extent. He made the character come to life, and I doubt very many actors could have done as well with the role. (I think, here, of John Astin as “The Riddler” in Season 2, as compared to Frank Gorshin’s performance.)
    I think your comment that these first season episodes, in particular, were comic book stories that kids took seriously, while adults could “get” humor (or cheesecake) that might have gone over kids’ heads, was exactly right. I was 10 years old when the series first appeared, and, to me, this was the Batman I was reading in the comics. It didn’t occur to me at the time that there was another level to the show until I was a bit older. I think that’s what makes this show so enjoyable to me even now, in my 60s: I can enjoy it for the nostalgia as well as the humor. Thanks for the reminder.

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