Wayne Manor - The home of millionaire Bruce Wayne
(Adam West) located 14 miles from Gotham City on the fantasy adventure
Entrance to Wayne Manor
Residents at Wayne Manor included the family butler Alfred
Pennyworth (Alan Napier), Wayne's adopted ward Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) and his
aunt Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake). Beneath Wayne Manor was the Batcave, the base
of operations for crime fighter Batman (the alias of Bruce Wayne).
Dick and Bruce activate Batcave Switch
To access the Batcave, Bruce or Dick Grayson (alias 'Robin the Boy Wonder') pushed
a button on the bust of Shakespeare in Bruce's Den. This switch opened the
secret entrance to the Batcave (sliding bookshelves) which revealed two
firehouse poles that descended into the subterranean levels of Wayne Manor.
The Batcave was fully equipped with all sorts of modern crime fighting equipment
including the Bat Computer, and the Batmobile, Batman's atomic powered
transport. The Batcave was surrounded by Nilanium, a refinable mineral that
produced the world's hardest metal.
The Interior of the Batcave beneath Wayne Manor
The family Butler, Alfred was the only other person to know of the location of
the Batcave, although many of Gotham City's worst criminals attempted to
discover its whereabouts.
Bruce and Dick as Batman and Robin, "The Dynamic Duo"
The exterior shots for the fictional Wayne Manor were filmed at a real mansion
located at 380 S. San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena, California. The interiors were
shot on sets in Culver City Studios. The scenes of the Batmobile roaring from
the Batcave were shot in Bronson Caverns in the Hollywood Hills. Bronson Caverns
(once a rock quarry) is located near the north end of Canyon drive, north of
Franklin Avenue, in Griffith Park.
TRIVIA NOTE: The crime drama PROBE/ABC/1988
starred Parker Stevenson as a criminal sleuth ("the greatest scientific mind of
the century") who retreated to "The Batcave," an old warehouse where he lived
and conducted his scientific research.
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