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Here’s the deal: Remember the 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward? You know how you can’t watch it on DVD or buy anything with the actual character likenesses? That’s because there’s been a longstanding rights dispute between Batman (and DC Comics) owner Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, the studio that holds the rights to the show itself.
Well, according to Variety, the two studios seem to have figured out how to play nice and came to an agreement that will allow Warner Bros. Consumer Products to sell or license the actual actor likenesses on products. Previously, Warner Bros. could only trade on the show’s logo, its iconic Batmobile and the opening credit sequence. The company will show off initial releases at next week’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas with an intended spring release.
While this news is good for collectors and people who want an official Vincent Price Egghead T-shirt, we’re most excited about the potential not actually mentioned in the story: With an agreement struck on one end between Warner Bros. and Fox, can a deal to distribute the entire 120 episode run of the series on DVD be far behind?