Batman: The Movie Director Leslie H. Martinson Has Died

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Director Leslie H. Martinson, who worked on projects like Batman: The Movie and Wonder Woman, has died at the age of 101.

Martinson passed away at his home in Los Angeles with his wife Connie Martinson by his side. He died of natural causes. He is set to be buried at the Temple Israel Cemetery on September 9th.

Martinson directed his first project in 1953, a tv series called City Detective (via THR). Throughout the 1950's Martinson worked on a variety of television shows including Chevron Theatre, The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, The Roy Rogers Show, The Mickey Rooney Show, The Millionaire, and Sugarfoot. In the 1960's he continued to bolster his resume with projects like Cheyenne, Maverick, Lawman, and No Time For Sergeants.

It was in 1966 that he took on two episodes of the beloved Batman television series, The Penguin Goes Straight and Not Yet, He Ain't. Later that same year he would direct the major motion picture Batman: The Movie, which has become a cult classic among superhero fans for multiple reasons, including the famous shark repellent and running bomb sequences. It starred Batman and Robin versus four of their more popular foes, including The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman, and The Penguin.


After stints on The Brady Bunch, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Mission Impossible, he then returned to the realm of superheroes with five episodes of the Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman series. He continued to work well into the 1980's, with projects like CHiPs, Fantasy Island, and Small Wonder.