A friend directed me to this fascinating and very obscure piece of Batman media from 1973 – which I’d never seen before – in which Batman, Robin and Batgirl from the Sixties TV show highlight a new Federal law regarding equal pay for women. Now, I’m pretty certain that’s not Adam West – althought whoever it is is doing a fair impression of him – although Yvonne Craig, producer William Dozier (who provided the show’s breathless narration) and a somewhat, er, “enlarged” Burt Ward reprise their roles to ensure authenticity.
I did chuckle at amusingly sexist look of outright exasperation that crosses Robin’s face when Batgirl points out that he’s paid more than her. Given that Bruce Wayne’s a millionaire, not only is he a damned cheapskate, but he might be in hot water from the Feds…! BAM! (I wonder if J.Edgar Hoover had a file of dirt on The Caped Crusader…?)
Can Batman & Robin escape the progress of equality in the workplace?? Will Gotham City ever be the same…?? Tune in next week! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel…!