On the fantasy action
BATMAN/ABC/1966-68, crimefighter Batman (Adam West) and his
sidekick, Robin (Burt Ward) battled a bevy of
kooky and colorful villains as they committed
crimes in Gotham City. During each fight scene,
visual representations of the sounds being made
as crimefighter pummeled villains (and visa
versa) filled the screen. The graphics were a
comic book carry-over and made the violence on
the program authentic to its comic book origins.
The graphics also masked the fact that the fight
scenes were terribly choreographed, with many of
the punches never landing on the body of the
intended victims. Some common
phrases used on the show: BAM! BLAM! CRASH! POP!
POW!, SPLATT! KAPOW! ZLOP!, ZLORP!
Scene from Batman: The Movie (1966)
Initially, the title shots like POW! were placed
over a scene so you could see both the actors
and graphic, but because it cost too much money
to create these title pages (combination of
camera work and artwork), it was decided that
just the POW!, for example, would fill the
screen, thus saving on the budget.