Wondering if maybe Joe Serge can answer this. It would be an interesting topic for discussion on the show, I think. I knew there was a dispute between 20th Century Fox and Time Warner. I also thought that there were a number of ownership issues, character-wise. And recently heard there was something about the heirs of William Dozier, the producer of the show. I noticed it wasn't listed in the TV section of DC's new website, and thought that was interesting.
I know there a lot of different opinions about the whether the series was good or bad for the Batman character, and comics, but supposedly at the time Batman and Detective Comics weren't doing well sales wise, and the TV series began a revival of sorts, saving it from cancellation. Historically, it helped the comics industry.
It was also my personal gateway into the comics experience. I'd like to see it on DVD, all cleaned up and remastered, maybe with either some commentary tracks from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig, (while we still have them) or at least some interviews as bonus material.
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