TV's 'Batman' creator Lorenzo Semple Jr. dies at 91

By Kyle Johnson,

Lorenzo Semple Jr., who is responsible for TV's Batman classic with Adam West, passed away on Friday at the age of 91.

Speaking with TheWrap, his daughter Maria Semple said he died in the morning, a day after his birthday, of natural causes.

Besides Batman, Semple also wrote the scripts for the films King Kong, Never Say Never Again, The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor.

He spoke with the Writers Guild Foundation in 2013 and said he turned to writing because he wasn't interested in a job. "I had no interest in saying anything, ever." He added, "I still don't. ... I did not want a job. I've never had a job. And I wouldn't consider taking a job."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though Semple was responsible for the campy 1960s version of Batman, he only wrote four episodes of the show.

However, He did remain heavily involved with the script writing process and wrote the show's "bible," for others on the show to follow. One such tenant of the show is that Batman shouldn't break the law, no matter the reason or emergency of a situation.

Semple was also responsible for the use of the Pow! or Zap! graphics during fight scenes and having everything start with the word 'bat.'

Speaking with the Archive of American Television for an interview back in 2008 he said, "I think Batman was the best thing I ever wrote, including those big movies."



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