BATMAN, (from left): Burt Ward, Adam West,

On January 12, 1966 ABC aired the first episode of the iconic TV series 'Batman'. Starring Adam West as the caped crusader and Burt Ward as his sidekick Robin, the show revitalized DC Comics and started a superhero phenomenon that is still going strong today. The campy show captured the heart of the comics and was an instant hit.

The superhero craze is even bigger today than it was in 1966. DC is releasing 2 movies this year, 'Suicide Squad', and 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. The two movies will help launch a cinematic universe to rival the massively successful cinematic universe created by Marvel. 

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