Sunday, September 21, 2014

BATMAN and the Mean Streets of Kennington

In May 1967,  during the hiatus between season 2 and season 3, Adam West flew to England and shot a road-safety film, some photos of which are captured here. Batmania was still at its height in Britain. According to the notes on these photos, the film and photoshoot took place on Denny St in Kennington on May 12th 1967, in London.

The incongruity of Batman juxtaposed with an Austin 1100 car, or surrounded by onlookers in a grey London jumps out of the photos.

According to a blogger pcarroll3 on , Batman's dialog in the film was :
"I'm taking a break from crime-fighting in Gotham and I'm here to tell you about a daily deadly danger.... TRAFFIC!.. and it finished
REMEMBER, Always do your..(pause for effect, look stern into the camera) KERB DRILL! I loved it.

Original Publication: People Disc ? HM0458 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


  1. This one I'm not sure about. I probably saw it on TV at the time, but I'd have to see it again to know for sure. (The old memory needs jogging from time to time.) You have to hand it to Adam West 'though - he gave the role everything he had.

  2. Is this Nigel Brown who published Superstuff fanzine?
    If so, my name is Greg Chown and I was a friend of Alan Austin's back in the 70's.
    I was in possession of his old Gestetner in 75-76 and published Ugg Rotten Comix in my garage in Northampton...
    I honestly can't remember what I did with it afterwards. I moved back to Canada in 1977.
    Greg Chown

    1. Yes.
      I remember your name from Fantasy Unlimited/Comics Unlimited. Good artwork.
      Nigel Brown

  3. This is not Kensington but Kennington , Denny street

  4. Thanks for the information....I shall update the article.