The ABC comedy The Goldbergs will be doing an episode in 2017 focusing on the buzz surrounding the release of 1989's Batman movie, according to IGN. And stepping in to guest-direct the episode is noted Batman fan - and writer of Tim Burton's attempt at doing Superman - Kevin Smith.
"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," said Smith, who also co-hosts the podcast Fatman on Batman with Marc Bernardin. "Luckily, the funny folks in front of and behind the cameras who make this hysterical show every week will be doing all the heavy lifting in our time travel experiment."
The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s, and frequently covers pop culture trends of the time.
"The hardest thing about having Kevin Smith direct an episode of The Goldbergs is playing it cool and not acting like a weirdo geek super fan," said show creator Adam F. Goldberg. "I’ve waited in long lines to have him sign my Bluntman comics, I’ve collected his Clerks action figures, I’ve forced my writers to watch clips of his speaking engagements and I shoe-horned in a part for him in my screenplay for Fanboys just so I could meet the guy. I even stayed in Hall H at Comic-Con when J.J. Abrams escorted thousands of people to a Star Wars concert."
The Batman-centric episode of The Goldbergs will be filmed later this month, with the episoded expected to premiere sometime this spring.