Video of Yvonne Craig as BATGIRL Demanding Equal Pay in a 1973 PSA


In 1973 (hey, the year I was born!), Robin found himself in a literal bind, tied up in a PSA for the U.S. Department of Treasury. With Batman in peril as well, it's Batgirl to the rescue! A time bomb is ticking! Is this the end for our heroes?! Batgirl swings in to the rescue wearing her sparkling purple suit. The original Batman TV series aired its last episode in March 1968. The third and final season of the campy superhero show had introduced Batgirl, played by Yvonne Craig, who added an extra KA-POW! to the (then) groundbreaking comic book adaptation.

Years after production wrapped on the series, it was rare to see these actors back in their costumes. Notably — and regretfully — Adam West and Burt Ward returned as Batman and Robin for a 1979 variety show special dubbed Legends of the Superheroes.

That is not Adam West as Batman. West was hoping to distance himself from being typecast in the role and passed on the PSA. In his stead was Dick Gautier, best known for playing Hymie the Robot on Get Smart. He has the kind of strong, chiseled chin you'd expect from an actor in the cowl. He also does a darn good West impression. Treasury Department reunited the heroes to promote the Federal Equal Pay Law, which had been enacted a decade earlier in 1963. Even originalBatman series producer William Dozier returned to reprise his role as narrator. Take a look at the spot:


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