"The Zodiac Crimes" is the seventy-first episode of the Batman television series. It first aired on ABC January 11, 1967 in its second season and repeated June 14, 1967. The first of a three-part story, it was dubbed a "Batman special", simultaneously celebrating the show's one-year anniversary and helping to open ABC's "second season." It featured both Cesar Romero as The Joker and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin (dubbed as an "Extra Special Guest Villain").
Arriving at the studio, The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder are led outside, where Penguin escapes on Joker's Boom Bug. The Dynamic Duo chase the bizarre truck, but lose The Penguin, who cleverly lifts himself off with the aid of his trusty bumbershoot and an overhead wire. While Batman and Robin are led astray, The Joker and his shapely aide, Venus, make off with the true twins: the famous Twin Diamonds! Returning to The Batcave, The Caped Crusader learns the location of The Joker's hideout by analyzing the long wig left behind by Venus at the studio when she masqueraded as one of The Twins. Arriving at the hideout, Batman and Robin find the place deserted save for Venus, who falls for Batman and agrees to help him and Robin snare The Joker. She leads The Dynamic Duo to the opera house, where The Dastardly Duo, Joker and Penguin, plans to commit 2 Zodiac Crimes: the kidnapping of Leo Crustash (Leo The Lion and Crustacean The Crab!!). A fight ensues, but Joker and his minions escape, abandoning Penguin to the fate of the authorities. Figuring that The Homicidal Harlequin is scheming to pilfer a masterpiece entitled Virgin Bereaved (Virgo The Virgin!), Batman and Robin dash to The Gotham City Museum and find Joker with only his henchman Uranus - or so they think. As the artwork around them reveals themselves to be the other henchmen, the duo finds the odds going from 2-on-2 to 7-on-2. After the fight is over, Joker orders the final statue, Venus to put them under with a sleeping powder. Venus watches in horror and regret as Joker then has the Duo tied down to an altar beneath a giant meteorite, which is rigged to fall on them (and turn them into tomato paste!) when its supporting cable is severed by a revolving piece of thermite attached to a planetary mobile surrounding the great rock!