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After one of TV's shorter winter breaks, The Goldbergs returned to its Season 4 hijinks tonight with an episode that paid homage to the classic film Dead Poets Society. But let's skip ahead, when the 1980s-flavored comedy will at last take on that most darkest of knights, Batman, for an upcoming episode that will be directed by - you guessed it - Bat-fanatic filmmaker Kevin Smith. Sounds like a match made in heaven, or at least in a cleaner area of Gotham City.
While I would give anything to see Jeff Garlin's Murray Goldberg donning a film-specific Batman costume for the episode, that's not something that has been confirmed. What we do know is that the episode will be called "The Dynamic Duo," and that it will focus on the hype surrounding the initial release of Batman, Tim Burton's 1989 classic. Will we see Barry and Adam waiting in a long line for tickets? Will Pops show everyone how a grappling hook works? Will Beverly create a dance for Prince's Batman theme? Whatever happens will surely be hilarious for everyone. Well, except maybe one person who isn't big on smiles.
It was announced some months back that Kevin Smith had been tapped for a directing gig on The Goldbergs, but information about the subject matter wasn't disclosed. This reveal makes all the sense in the world, considering Smith hosts a Batman-themed podcast, has written for DC Comics several times, and is fresh off of directing episodes of both The Flash and Supergirl. And when talking to IGN about the episode, Smith hinted that maybe it isn't just that one Batman that we'll get to see referenced.
I grew up watching the Adam West Batman and I was in a sold out movie theater for Tim Burton's Batman on opening day, June 23rd, 1989, so I can't wait to recreate those early eras of Bat-amania in the Goldbergs Universe.
Would it be the most out of place wish in the world for Adam West to make a surprise appearance in the episode as the ticket taker at the movie theater? Of course, that's based solely on my own prediction about the episode, so it probably won't happen. But I'll put the signal out, just in case.
Also speaking with IGN, creator Adam F. Goldberg said that he's been a huge fan of Kevin Smith's for years, and he says Smith is the best person to bring the show's Batman episode to life. He even copped to waiting in lines to get Bluntman and Chronic comics signed. So when can we expect Goldberg to bring those superheroes to live-action?
The Goldbergs airs Wednesday nights on ABC, with Smith's Bat-tastic episode coming at some point in the next couple of months. Head to our midseason premiere schedule to see when everything else is returning and debuting on TV soon.