Harlan Ellison's Unproduced Script For the Adam West Batman Show Now Available


The fifth and most recent volume of Harlan Ellison's Brain Movies books, collecting scripts and teleplays from throughout his long career, features a unique lost gem: his first-ever Batman story, written for Batman '66 and never used on the air.

We hadn't heard about the book--which was released via CreateSpace--until Neil Gaiman just tweeted the obvious: "Harlan Ellison wrote an unbroadcast 1960s BATMAN Two-Face 2-parter? And it is now in print? WHY IS THIS NOT NEWS?"

Well, it is now. Here's the description, per the book's page on Ellison's website:

SEE ELLISON’S FIRST ADVENTURE WITH THE CAPED CRUSADER: Though Harlan’s written numerous comic book scripts for the Dark Knight, his first slide down the Bat-Pole was in 1966 when he pitched an episode to ABC’s Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Tragically—for reasons explained in the editor’s notes—“The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face” was never produced, but now you can read what the Unrepentant Harlequin had in mind for the Dynamic Duo and their Bifurcated Foe.

You can pick up a copy here. The 400-page paperback is available only via custom printing.


Ellison, of course, is responsible for over 1,700 works of fiction in a variety of media over the years, including having worked on Babylon 5 with veteran comics writer J. Michael Straczynski.

Thanks to Neil Gaiman for the heads up!