Episode 1

Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 09, 2003 on ABC
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Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt

Almost 35 years after the demise of the original show comes this new television movie that reunites Batman series stars Adam West and Burt Ward in a comedy adventure where they stumble upon a diabolical plot to steal the original Batmobile from a charity benefit! While trying to unravel the details and find The Batmobile, West and Ward flashback to the tumultuous times of their 1966-68 ABC television series to reveal a bizarre behind-the-scenes story of the creation of a television classic, from their on-the-set explosions to their wild real-life encounters with fans.


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Paul A. Kaufman

Paul A. Kaufman

Network Executive #2

Guest Star

Adam West

Adam West


Guest Star

Jack Brewer

Jack Brewer

Young Adam West/'Batman'

Guest Star

Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether

Waitress in diner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Erin Carufel portrays Yvonne Craig/Barbara Gordon/Batgirl as a red head although on the series the character of Barbara Gordon was a brunette who wore a red wig as Batgirl.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • [Adam disarms the bomb in time and with one second left]
      Burt Ward: Good thing that bomb was a fake.
      [BOOM! The bomb explodes and the blast sends Burt flying out of the cave and Adam walks out unharmed]
      Burt Ward: How come you didn't get burned?
      Adam West: Stuntman.

    • [getting ready to have a bar fight with four henchmen]
      Burt Ward: Well?
      Adam West: I say we fight our way out like we always did.
      Burt Ward: We had stuntmen then. Even if mine was always on a coffee break.

    • [after the Batmobile's been stolen from the charity event]
      Museum Hostess: The Batmobile's been stolen.
      Adam West: Using my key.
      Burt Ward: Holy tire tracks! Look, they go from two to one. It went out on two wheels. That fiend.
      Adam West: He may be a fiend, but he's an excellent driver.

    • Valet Parker: Hey, if you're looking for the Batmobile, it went that way.
      Adam West: [noticing he's wearing an eye patch] You have a sharp eye, my friend.

    • (Adam and Burt are sitting in the Batmobile)
      Burt Ward: Wow. You know, it seems like almost yesterday.
      Adam West: Almost thirty-five years, Burt. Time tumbles by.
      Burt Ward: You know. I forget what some of these buttons do.
      Adam West: I wouldn't touch those if I were...
      (Burt presses a button and oil sprays out on the museum guests)

    • [reading an invitation left on his front door]
      Adam West: Alfred! I need you!
      [opens closet]
      Adam West: Ah, what to wear?
      [sees one suit]
      Adam West: Eh, too flashy.
      [sees another one]
      Adam West: Too stuffy.
      [sees another one]
      Adam West: Too formal.
      [comes across his old Batman costume]
      Adam West: Too retro.
      Jerry the butler: [patiently after coming into the room] It's not Alfred, Mister West. It's Jerry. Alfred was the guy on the TV show.
      Adam West: There's a charity event at the car museum tonight. It seems I'm expected.
      Jerry the butler: [reads invitation] A little last minute, isn't it?
      Adam West: Charity doesn't punch a clock, my friend.
      Jerry the butler: I guess you'll be needing your tuxedo.
      Adam West: Nooo. I think something a little more in keeping with the times. Something a little less formal. Something...Clooneyish.

    • [after meeting on the set for the first time]
      Young Adam West: Why don't we take some time and discuss our approaches to the role?
      Young Burt Ward: Well, I just plan on saying my lines.
      [sees looks of surprise on faces of West and director]
      Young Burt Ward: Is there more to it than that?
      Young Adam West: [trying to put it delicately] Uhhh, well, yeah. Maybe a little.

    • Adam West: [after driving all night to the Arizona border in the search for the Batmobile] I think the clue is in our past, somewhere...
      Burt Ward: What's this?
      [removes flyer from under the car's windshield wiper]
      Adam West: ...we still have to find it.
      Burt Ward: [reads flyer] Hey Adam, look. The Highway to Arizona Bar is having a Happy Hour. Great place. Just down the street from the car museum.
      Adam West: [grabs flyer and reads it with stunned disbelief] *knew* about that place??
      Burt Ward: [not getting it] Yeah. Why?
      Adam West: [aggravated] Oh!
      Burt Ward: [thinks about it and realizes they've driven all night for nothing] Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!

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