Harlan Ellison releases his never-produced 1966 Batman episode pitch

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Famed science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has written many Batman stories over the years, and he cut his Bat-teeth not in the comics, but on a treatment for the 1960s Batman TV series. Now he has released that treatment, featuring the villain Two-Face, in a new book.

Ellison has released the fifth volume of his Brain Movies, the book series that collects his original teleplays, which includes his pitch for a Batman episode "The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face." He promises that we'll get to see both his vision for the Adam West version of the Caped Crusader and an explanation for why the episode was never produced. The volume also includes his original treatment for the Logan's Run episode "Crypt," his pitch for an episode of The Rat Patrol in which the series' Allied soldiers would have captured Adolf Hitler, and Ellison's first-ever teleplay, "Where Do the Elephants Go to Die?" written for the series Ripcord.

Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan EllisonĀ® Volume Five [Harlan Ellison Books via Bleeding Cool]

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I was under the impression that Two-Face was not used because he was too dark and grotesque for both network TV and the tone of the show.