i dont understand this:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: My assumption has been that the reason this TV show can be done — rights-wise — is because Batman himself is not in it. That way, it doesn’t overlap with any films. Is that correct?
and im not being snarky lol i really dont get why batman cant be on tv
Could be referring to one of two things...
1) Could be assuming this is a Fox licensed show, similar to how Fox has a license to use X-Men, which would mean there are two "owners" of live action rights for Bat characters, WB (the movies) and Fox (the TV show). However, from what i've seen so far, this is a WB made show, that Fox is buying for the network (like how Netflix is buying a Daredevil series from Marvel, rather than making a Daredevil series themselves). So it's WB owning the show and the movies, so no licensing issues.
2) In the past, WB movie division people have been very much against having the bat characters show up elsewhere. This is why you pretty much didn't see any non-Batman bat characters in JL/JLU for example.
It most likely has to do with that ongoing legal battle for the 1966 Batman show that seems to be finally coming to some kind of compromise.
No. Batman 66 would have no bearing over this show. The legal issues of that had nothing to do with the rights to Batman, just to the actual episodes of the show. (It's possible that Fox used their rights as a bargaining chip to get Gotham...which would be a good sign for it being given time to find it's audience.)