Today NBCUniversal announced that their Spanish-language multicast network, TeleXitos, has secured the rights to the 1960’s Batman TV series to air on a regular basis in a press release. To celebrate, the network will air all 120 episodes of the show for a Batman marathon weekend beginning on Saturday, September 17. Viewers in the United States will be able to see episodes of Batman in Spanish and with no subtitles.
“I am thrilled that TeleXitos will bring back the original Batman series in Spanish. The show introduced us to an unforgettable cast of characters that helped to transform superhero pop culture as we know it,” said Barbara Alfonso, Director of TeleXitos. “We hope our viewers enjoy watching the dynamic duo come to life with every “Pow!” and “Wham!” as they take on all the supervillains that have captured audiences and generations alike.”
TeleXitos, the Spanish action and adventure station, is showing the Batman series in conjunction with the planned DC Comic’s event, Batman Day 2016. Throughout the broadcast, viewers will be given opportunities to access Batman-themed trivia in Spanish on TeleXitos’ website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Batman Day 2016 will be celebrated all across America in numerous locations including public libraries, Barnes & Noble bookstores, Books-A-Million stores and many others. Each will be giving out free copies of Batman#1 from DC Rebirth with was written by Tom King and Illustrated by David Finch.
— Michael Starr (@StarrMSS) September 12, 2016
TeleXitos is known for showing various TV series and movies from the 1970s to 2000s in Spanish with no subtitles including TV series like including Miami Vice, Law & Order, Baywatch, The A-Team, Xena, Hercules and Homicide: Life On The Streets, as well as movies like Hulk, The Interpreter, The Musketeer and Van Helsing.
TeleXitos launched on December 1, 2014 and reaches nearly 20 million total households, including more than 4.5 million Hispanic households across the country. Many of these homes will be able to discover the iconic Batman show for the first time. Wonder what Batman and Robin sound like in Spanish? Watch the video below.
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The Batman TV series starred Adam West and Burt Ward and ran from 1966-1968 on ABC. To help boost up ratings for the third season, the network add Yvonne Craig to the cast as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara (aka Batgirl). Since the show’s original airing, episodes have been playing in syndication but it was only recently that fans could purchase episodes of the show on DVD and Blu-Ray due to a disagreement between 20th Century Fox and DC Comics. In addition, a new animated movie based on the old series, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available this fall. The movie is voiced by original cast members Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) as well as Julie Newmar (Catwoman), the only surviving actors from the series. The new movie will also be shown in theaters across the country for a one-night-only performance on October 10th through Fathom events.
— Gary Miereanu (@SuperPRGuy) September 12, 2016
The TeleXitos Batman marathon will begin on Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CT.
[Photo by 20th Century Fox/Getty Images]