By AirDave 0 Comments
November 2nd is Stephanie Powers' birthday. For one brief, shining season she was April Dancer, The Girl From Uncle; in the '80's and '90's she was Jennifer Hart opposite Robert Wagner's Jonathan Hart on the ABC mystery series, Hart to Hart. That was pretty much an updating of Hammett's classic The Thin Man, which was adapted to film, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
One of her "lesser" known roles was as an alien cybernetics expert on The Six Million Dollar Man. If anything, most people remember, Lindsay Wagner's Jamie Sommers, The Bionic Woman; Andre the Giant as Bigfoot; The Bionic Boy; The Bionic Dog; and the Fembots. Powers played Shalon on the Bigfoot episodes.
While she had a film career in the '60's, one of her biggest roles was as Becky McLintock - John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's daughter - she's pretty much been a television staple.
Which would make her perfect for fan-casting for Batman '66.
Poison Ivy made her debut in between the first and second seasons of Batman '66. She was never brought to live action in the three seasons the show was on the air. She made her Batman '66-verse debut in issue 28, October 2015. Jeff Parker wrote her as a southern belle. She next appeared in Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Film stars like Raquel Welch or Ann-Margaret could have played Ivy. Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island could have guest-villain-ness-ed in the role.
I would go typecasting with Stephanie Powers.
Batman '66 guest-villains were either film stars re-inventing themselves, or television stars re-inventing themselves. Like, say, George Sanders, Rudy Vallee, Art Carney, or Milton Berle. Or maybe reaching a wider audience. Or getting their big break. While I could see a big name film star in the role, more realistically, I could see a television star. Powers shifted from film to television in the '60's guesting on a number of series before landing Hart to Hart, almost two decades later. The Girl From UNCLE didn't catch on and build an audience, so that's why it lasted only one season.
What do you think? Do you believe that Raquel Welch could have translated her Fantastic Voyage image to the role? She was up for the role of Ginger on Gilligan's Island. Or maybe Ann-Margaret translating Bye, Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas to the small screen? Or, maybe someone else entirely...?
I appreciate the feedback.