"I think 'Batman' was the best thing I ever wrote, including those big movies. As a whole work, it came out the way that I wanted it to and I was excited by it. I once went down to a fancy wine tasting benefit in Princeton. When people found out I wrote 'Batman' they mobbed me! I was astounded, but that was the way it was."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (1923-2014) talks about his early life and his first job as a journalist during World War II. He describes his attempts to become a playwright in the 1950s and chronicles his early television work on such shows as Burke's Law and The Aloca Hour. He details writing for The Rogues, Rat Patrol, and the unsold Charlie Chan pilot, Number One Son. He then discusses adapting and creating the Batman series -- writing the series from a remote location in Spain and interacting with the producers, writers and actors Adam West and Burt Ward. Semple comments on the cultural impact of the show and outlines his successful subsequent career in feature films with such movies as "Papillion", "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor", as well as the cult classics "Pretty Poison" and "Flash Gordon". Lee Goldberg conducted the interview on September 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.