Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Batboat made its debut 45 years ago today.

On July 30, 1966 the BATMAN feature film premiered in Austin, Texas, near where the boat was made at the Glastron Boat factory.

The Batboat made its debut in the movie and its premier in Austin was a contractual stipulation between the Greenway Productions and Glastron.

There were two boats created: Batboat I and II. "I" was used in the movie and TV show and II for Glastron to use in promotional events. Only one is known to survive and its in storage in Texas.

The above photo is of Batboat II near the Port-O-Call Inn (formally Guy Lombardo's Port-O-Call Inn) Tierra Verde, Florida.

Here is Adam West on the day of the premier, which was held during Austin's "Aqua Festivle."

1 comment:

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...


Sorry to contact you this way but you can delete once you've read; I couldn't find an email for you.

I'm the author of more than 70 books including "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman" and an upcoming one on Batman and Bill Finger (2012).

On my blog, I recently launched an extensive series - 99 original interviews with and rare unpublished photos of "lost" superhero stars of the '70s and '80s...and a particular Batboat is featured (not the one you're thinking of).

I'd love to email you the prepared email with hyperlinks, so would you please email me at so I can reply?

Thanks and hope to hear from you!