Harlan Ellison to Publish Unmade 'Batman' Screenplay
"The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face," a script Ellison pitched in 1966, will finally see the light of day in a new anthology of the author's television scripts.
It may be the great missed opportunity for genre fans of the 1960s: The Adam West Batman show had an unproduced episode -- written by none other than Harlan Ellison -- which would have introduced the villain Two-Face into the series. For fans wondering what they missed, Ellison now is offering a sneak peek at the unmade "Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face."
The script for the unmade episode is just one contained in the fifth volume of Ellison's Brain Movies series of teleplay collections, alongside scripts for Burke's Law, the short-lived Logan's Run TV series, and The Dark Forces, an unproduced NBC series created by the writer.
Ellison was far from an unknown when he pitched the episode in 1966; at the time, he had already published multiple short works under his own and other names, as well as written for TV shows such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Outer Limits (Indeed, that year saw him write "The City on the Edge of Forever" for Star Trek's first season).
It's possible that his pitch simply wasn't in keeping with the show's unexpected tone for the Dark Knight, with William Dozier's and Lorenzo Semple, Jr.'s series launching that year. The Brain Movies collection promises to explain why the script was never produced, but with DC Entertainment's digital Batman 66 series currently reinventing the show for a new audience, perhaps it's time that someone adapted it into comic book format….
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