Pow! Splat! Genius! How TV’s Batman Invented Modern Pop Culture

Celebrate 50 years of the Caped Crusader’s madcap heroic impact.

“Da-na-na-na-na-na-na, Bat-man!”

To even once hear the theme song from TV’s all-time most imaginative, rule-breaking, and slyly subversive superhero series is to never get it out of your head—or, more importantly, your heart. That tuneful spellbinding first beguiled humanity fifty years ago, when ABC debuted Batman on January 12, 1966, and we’ve all been disciples of the Dynamic Duo ever since—whether we realize it or not.

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