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Cesar Romero as The Joker in "The Joker is Wild" - Batman season 1
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The Joker is Wild / Batman is Riled – Batman season 1

The Joker is Wild / Batman is Riled – Cesar Romero’s first appearance as the Joker on the live action Batman series. And he’s at he’s gleeful best!

The Joker is Wild – January 25 1966

The Joker decides to fight fire with fire against Batman with a utility belt of his own. Cesar Romero’s first appearance as the Clown Prince of Crime. Despite his mustache obviously sticking out through the makeup, it’s a wonderful rendition of the Joker. He’s perpetually laughing, and enjoying himself.

With Nancy Kovack (Jason and the Argonauts) as the Joker’s henchman, Queenie.

Batman: I think I’ve got it…
Robin: You have, Batman?
Batman: [picks up the Joker’s doll by the head] What other kind of clown is there besides a circus clown? I’ll give you a hint: tonight, there’s going to be a live telecast of the Gotham City opera company.
Robin: [hits palm of his hand with fist] Golly, Batman, I still don’t get it.
Batman: They’re performing a certain celebrated Italian opera…
Robin: [thinks for a moment] Holy ravioli!
Batman: You’re warm…
Batman, Robin: Pagliacci!

Part II – Batman is Riled – January 26 1966

First, Batman avoids a public unmasking but is unable to bring in the Joker, thanks to the villain’s utility belt. Eventually, the Joker’s gang captures Batman and Robin.

Robin: Then when you thought you were stopping him with your utility belt, he was really stopping us with his!
Batman: That tricky devil! He’s hit us below the belt!

The Joker: He who laughs last, laughs good!

Cast of characters


  • Based on the comic book story “The Joker’s Utility Belt”, originally published in Batman #73 (October-November 1952). Later reprinted in Batman #176 (December 1965).
  • At the Gotham City Museum, several of the statues in the Comedian Hall of Fame represent famous clowns. These include Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Ernie Kovacs and W.C. Fields.

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