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In July, after Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 6 wraps up that mini-series, the Allreds' Batman '66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes will be released. A Legion Time Bubble from the 30th Century makes it's way back to '66 Gotham!
I'm excited that the Legion is making a comeback!
I'm also hoping that this isn't the final team-up for The Dynamic Duo.
There are other characters I would love to see introduced into the '66 continuity.
Just in case you haven't been keeping up, Jeff Parker introduced Clayface, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, The Scarecrow and Solomon Grundy. (I don't want to spoil any of these origins. I highly recommend tracking down the trade paperback collections at your local comic book store!)
Harlan Ellison's original pitch for Two-Face was turned into a one-shot - that also introduced the Trophy Room in the Batcave! Batcave '66 sports a robot dinosaur! And, a giant penny!
There's been a sequel to the Green Hornet episodes. The Caped Crusaders have met other '60's fixtures such as The Man from UNCLE and Steed and Mrs. Peel.
I can't recommend this crossover with Wonder Woman enough. Not so much for the tie-in to the new film. It's a brilliant period piece. It starts during WWII, Wonder Woman's first season on ABC. Then shifts to '66. The final chapters bring it forward to '77, her second and final seasons on CBS. Princess Diana is as much an inspiration as the bats in the caverns beneath Wayne Manor and the one that flies in through the open window and lights on the bust of Thomas Wayne.
But what if Batman '66 were similar to the Arrowverse? ABC cancelled the series following a weak third season. Yvonne Craig's Batgirl was the original "Cousin Oliver": the character that was introduced to liven up a series, but instead turned out to be counterproductive. Legend has it that NBC was interested; but, the sets had already been struck. The Peacock Network wasn't at all interested in the cost of rebuilding those sets. What if they'd gotten the series in time? That could be possible in a Batman '66: Season Four comic series. Just like a Smallville: Season Eleven. There've been a few television series that continued another season as a comic book.
What if a Season Four opened with Dick Grayson on an Egyptian dig with archaeologist-adventurer Carter Hall? Himself a re-incarnated Egyptian ruler, Prince Khufu. Another member of the dig, Yale's Professor William McElroy - the whole point of Dick Grayson being on the expedition. I'm thinking this could be a subplot leading up to the return of King Tut - versus the re-incarnated Prince Khufu, now known as Hawkman! It would be The Dynamic Duo and the Winged Warrior(s) versus King Tut. It might be interesting, considering King Tut will be teaming up with Two Face in the sequel to last year's Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It would be tricky, Tut would have to hold his own against Batman and Robin, and Hawkman and Hawkgirl - with maybe a cameo by Batgirl or Barbara Gordon. Or not. Maybe Tut pulls together a cabal with Bookworm, The Mad Hatter, Clock King and Lisa Carson (Lee Meriwether back as a different character) Maybe he uses enforcers Killer Croc and Solomon Grundy. I'd kinda like to see Batman '66 feature the Carter Hall Hawkman just to see those two face Tut.
If you're a Golden-Age fan, JSA or All-Star Squadron fan; or, a Brave and the Bold fan, what do you think of Gotham Museum's new curator?