Gotham City on the Edge of Forever

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"Captain's Log. Stardate...unknown. Due to some strange anomaly, the Enterprise has found itself in orbit above...Earth."


"Yes, Mister Spock?"

"Scans indicate we have arrived at Earth in the year 1966. Fascinating."

What is fascinating is that a number of stars in the '60's were pretty much all over the place. Or, maybe I want to say, in Gotham City and on the Enterprise. Frank Gorshin was legendary as The Riddler, the first special guest villain on the live action Batman series. He was also in the epic Let This Be Your Last Battlefield, Season Three episode of Star Trek. Yvonne Craig, best remembered as Gotham City Librarian Barbara Gordon by day and Batgirl by night, was also an Orion slave girl in one episode. Roger C. Carmel is infamous as rogues Harry Mudd and Colonel Gumm. Lee Meriwether was Catwoman in the 1966 Batman film, Lisa Carson in the Season Two King Tut episodes; she, too, guest-starred on Star Trek, joined the cast of Mission: Impossible after Barbara Bain left, and was a series regular on The Time Tunnel. False Face actor Malachi Throne was the original voice of the Keeper in the Star Trek pilot The Cage. He returned as Commodore Mendez in The Menagerie. Who can forget Joan Collins? She was Lorelei Circe and the legendary, doomed Edith Keeler in Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever.

(If I have forgotten any actors to appear on both series, feel free to remind me in the comments.)

Star Trek has previously teamed with The X-Men and The Planet of the Apes and is currently teaming up with Green Lantern. As much as I enjoy the revisions of the alternate timeline created by J. J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek, I'm a TOS fan. Give me Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley any day over Pine, Quinto and Urban. No disrespect to the updated Enterprise and her crew - I love the fast-paced action - there's still a place in my heart for the original.

With Shatner providing the voice of Harvey Dent and Two Face in the upcoming sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, I'd like to see Batman '66 Meets Star Trek. Whether it features the Guardian of Forever or a slingshot around the sun, that doesn't matter so much. I'm leaning toward this being a Riddler story. Or maybe a King Tut story since it would span centuries. An artifact of some kind. Perhaps the return of Lisa Carson. Perhaps stolen once by Catwoman.

A few years ago, a fan film was made of Star Trek Vs. Batman. It's on YouTube. In three parts. The Joker takes control of Kirk and Spock. They fight Batman and Robin. Wackiness ensues. Catwoman is part of the story. I've watched it in fits and starts. It captures the campiness of the time.

What would Batman '66 Meets Star Trek look like to you? Would the Enterprise be after the Bat-diamond to power the engines? What story would work for you?

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