With the camp and saccharine kid-friendliness of 60's Batman, I'm legitimately curious if they even had the ability to mention that a character was murdered, even if it's off-screen and decades before the start of the show.

  • I didn't know "camp" = "kid-friendly". I thought "camp" = "gay-friendly".
    – user14111
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 0:34
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    @user14111 It doesn't mean either of those things. See this wikipedia article on camp: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_(style)
    – DCShannon
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 1:33
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    @DCShannon "ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical; effeminate or homosexual; pertaining to, characteristic of, homosexuals." So I was all wet. Shoulda looked it up. Live and learn. Mea culpa.
    – user14111
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 2:26
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    In addition to the correct direct answer already offered, I would add that the premise of the question is incorrect: they have a character actually die during the second episode - Riddler's henchwoman is chased by Batman to his atomic reactor in the Batcave (I'm not making this up) and falls to her death.
    – Jackman
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 3:33
  • I saw re-runs as a kid, but it's hard to imagen this show was actually on the air. And just for people that havent seen it youtube.com/watch?v=qpoxHvmWPfc
    – coteyr
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 18:09

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Yes, in the very first episode

When approving some Wayne Foundation spending, Bruce remarks:

Bruce: My resources are behind you... in full.

Harris: You're a real champion, Mr. Wayne.

Female visitor: Indeed you are.

Bruce: Don't mention it, Mr. Harris. Perhaps if there had been anti-crime centers of the type you now propose when my parents were murdered by dastardly criminals...

Batman Season 1 Episode 1: "Hi Diddle Riddle"

There's another mention later in the episode, when Bruce is contemplating having to give up his crime-fighting identity in the face of a wrongful arrest suit from the Riddler:

Alfred: A million dollars...

Bruce: It's not the money, Alfred, it's the idea of it: my identity revealed, my value as a secret crime-fighter ended, everything I've trained myself for since my parents were murdered, in the ash-can.

Batman Season 1 Episode 1: "Hi Diddle Riddle"

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    Crap. Looks like I owe a guy a drink. Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 0:41
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    My parents weren't just murdered by mere murderers; they were murdered by dastardly criminals! Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 17:33
  • @KyleStrand as long as it wasnt Joe Chill
    – Dpeif
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 21:02

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