Adam West Talks About The Modern BATMAN: "He Kills More People Than The Villains Do"

Adam West Talks About The Modern BATMAN: "He Kills More People Than The Villains Do"

During a panel at Phoenix Comic Con, former Batman Adam West was asked about his thoughts on the modern, darker take on the character. Not surprisingly, he seems to prefer the "Bright Knight" that he portrayed in the 60's.

It's no secret that the modern take on Batman is a bit darker than the campy approach that dominated the 1966 television series. During a panel at Phoenix Comicon this past weekend, the show's stars Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar took to the stage to discuss the classic and beloved series, as well as the evolution of the Dark Knight and his transition into a more serious tone. 

As far as Newmar's thoughts, she said,

 “We come from light and funny times in the sixties when there was a lot of hope and we were living in a marvelous world. There was Kennedy. There was great art and everything. And then we have now. And then we had the dark ages. And then we had the dark Batman. And then they had the darker Batman."

“You want to live a long life? Have fun! Don’t stay in fear, and don’t let anybody scare you. And that goes for all the politics.”

Adam West then chimed in, saying, 

“We have of course observed the changes, and it’s become dark and gothic and highly explosive in special effects. And Batman kills more people on the way to the rescue than the villains do.”

“But it’s ok, because they do their thing with a lot of talent and money and attention. We did ours. It was just different. We were the Bright Knight, the fun ones.”

Check out the full video for their panel here:

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blackandyellow - 6/9/2014, 11:10 AM
Blame Frank Miller for writing The Dark Knight Returns.
Abary - 6/9/2014, 11:11 AM
Bekss - 6/9/2014, 11:13 AM
Have fun?

Here comes the flame wars
Jollem - 6/9/2014, 11:14 AM
dckizzle - 6/9/2014, 11:15 AM
New generation is more violent and will be for ever
themidnightking - 6/9/2014, 11:15 AM
Damn, should have gone to Phoenix Comic Con, it's close by where I live, and it was only 104 degrees yesterday
Blanka1212 - 6/9/2014, 11:21 AM
Does he know what the hell he's talking about? When has Batman killed anyone? Purposely? Burton movies don't count.
Darthzilla - 6/9/2014, 11:21 AM
Well, THE Batman has spoken. Batman is the real villain
Jollem - 6/9/2014, 11:21 AM
Mrcool210 - 6/9/2014, 11:22 AM
he killed people more in the 40s
MrFridayNights - 6/9/2014, 11:23 AM
Lol Adam West is now retarded
FirstAvenger - 6/9/2014, 11:23 AM
Lol the Bright Knight? Really?
Jollem - 6/9/2014, 11:25 AM
Jollem - 6/9/2014, 11:26 AM
yes. west's show had the campy feel of the earlier comics. bright knight is an apt description
GuardianAngel - 6/9/2014, 11:28 AM
Victims of The Batman.

DrunkenNukem - 6/9/2014, 11:30 AM
shut up Mayor West!!
GuardianAngel - 6/9/2014, 11:31 AM
And all of these people.

MercwithMouth - 6/9/2014, 11:32 AM
Gotta love Adam West...
LMB10 - 6/9/2014, 11:33 AM
Must've got Batman and Superman mixed up!

Right? Guys?

Selonian - 6/9/2014, 11:37 AM
DrunkenNukem - 6/9/2014, 11:38 AM
Saul Goodman twisting the facts! you damn lawyer!
MexicanSexyman - 6/9/2014, 11:45 AM
Didn't the original Batman kill people with a gun?
Blanka1212 - 6/9/2014, 11:47 AM
1) He didn't kill Ra's. He just didn't save him.
2) He tackled Two-Face to prevent him from killing a boy. He had no expectations that he would fall to his death.
3) Talia killed herself by wrecking.
4) and all of those people could have gotten out themselves. If anyone ied, they chose to on their own.


MercSoul - 6/9/2014, 11:54 AM

its seems that...the nolanlover has spoken, take it easy

LexHairFight - 6/9/2014, 11:57 AM
Clearly it's not the person who pulls the trigger, it's the gun that's to blame.

Never thought Bat's killing was an issue in Nolan's films, but calling someone an idiot after some seriously sketchy reasoning is uncalled for.
dethpillow - 6/9/2014, 11:59 AM
Batman TV show was campy, sure. intentionally and done with a lot wit and brilliance, just like comic books in certain eras.
stuff like Batman and Avengers in the mid 60s were funny on purpose. I mean part of it is gonna be the shape of stylization at whatever time, but those comics were genuinely brilliant. it's a combination of things going on that makes it even better to read them now in certain ways. as well as us having lost something that only people from back then, and at that time, could truly understand.

sometimes it seems like there's a contempt or impatience and generally an assumption of superiority when people look at things from other times. like how they'll always say... the modern audience is too sophisticated for certain things. and that's not sophistication, it's more like not being able to smell anything besides our own stench.

and actually the stuff people feel is so sophisticated today is gonna be, usually pretty sucky overall. that's just fact. most things suck. few things are great. right? dramatic stylization from other times does not equal stupid is what I mean.

in fact, I think acting and the way people think of stories now is in general actually stupider than it was 50 years ago. realism is cheap. realism is basically making a table. well then, nice table! hats off to your stupid tables, it's just craftsmanship. it's third person looky loo and using tools accurately and now adding commentary of so e sort.

great table but [frick] tables, there's not much to love there.

and I think a lot of it comes do how much faith we put in the measurability of the world and of art. this leads to the safety of craftsmanship and being able to point at reasons why indeed your stupid table is great. it's almost like weird stuff we see here with rotten tomatoes but it's even worse. it's an obsession with analyzing mappable indicators of performance even in the process of making a thing.

it's opposite land. Bizarro world.
LexHairFight - 6/9/2014, 12:04 PM
Can you imagine that defense in court? "Sorry Judge, I just pulled the trigger it's their responsibility for not getting out of the way..."

In all seriousness I like both versions of Batman. West's comments weren't nearly as inflammatory as the article paints it. He loves what they put out back then, lots of respect for loving their work.
HurricaneXavier - 6/9/2014, 12:05 PM
The Adam West Batman was terrible.
dethpillow - 6/9/2014, 12:05 PM
just gimme Batmunt IV: the Knaves Gambit: Becoming! Lo, the Perturbed, Descending.

coming soon to a feature near u.
dethpillow - 6/9/2014, 12:14 PM
how many Batmunts does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Three! it takes 3 Batmunts.

one to lick up all of Bryan Cranstons ass.

one to claim the New 52 is such a great thing thru tear stained lips and then say that Marvel really needs to mess their own selves up and reboot 616 or they won't ever sleep at night again.

and one to mistake the darkness of having no light bulb as something very epically meaningful and sit there doing nothing and theorizing about the NSA.
dethpillow - 6/9/2014, 12:18 PM
wait no that was how it takes 3 Batmunts to NOT screw in a light bulb.

it only takes 1 Batmunt to screw in a light bulb,
cuz that's how dumb they are.

Adam West rules. back when Batman was Batman
and not Batmunt.
dethpillow - 6/9/2014, 12:30 PM
my wife???!!!!!!

I don't have a wife.

hardy har har, Bruce.
we get it. u don't have a wife that lady just stole your car.
we get it.

compare that to the Batman TV show on it's best day.

i'mma test this bad boy! wooooo, schweet... duz it cum in black??!!!!

so that's whit thut's like??!!!

Batman stop it your killing us!!
thebearjew - 6/9/2014, 2:16 PM
this just reconfirms what I already know, and that is that, adam west doesn't know shit about batman
infact it was the old-way-way-back-when batman that used to kill people
the old adam west show is and always has been a travesty
sameoldthing - 6/9/2014, 2:40 PM
He's right...his Batman was fun.
He's wrong...Batman was dark before him & should be dark & violent.
There is room for all kinds of Batman...he's cool like that.
DCGuy - 6/9/2014, 4:49 PM
I respect his opinion, but everything changes with time and the batman is/are darker but it's because he gives more justice to his characters that way, Batman is a [frick]ing crazy man with a childhood trauma how can he even smile?
Luminus - 6/9/2014, 9:52 PM
"we were living in a marvelous world."

No, you weren't. White people whitewashing history, again.
3rdiguy - 6/10/2014, 12:29 AM
[frick] Adam West!!! He ain't the goddamn Batman! He's a retard!
MercSoul - 6/11/2014, 11:58 AM
@AlphaandDecima no one sane would wear a bat suit....

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