Adam West On the 60's Batman and Christopher Nolan's Batman Interpretation

Adam West talks to USA Today about his "Bright Knight" and Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight". West definitely still has his dry, indirect sense of humor intact.

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By Mark Julian - 8/7/2011
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The "Bright Knight" would've handled that Joker interrogation scene a little bit different, no?

USA Today caught up with the living legend at San Diego Comic-Con along with series co-stars Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). West remains busy even at the age of 82, voicing the character of Mayor Adam West on Family Guy and also co-writing his new Bluewater Productions comic-book, The Mis-Adventures of Adam West. For those jonesing to see a happier Batman, cable network The Hub shows the Adam West live-action Batman series, Monday through Thursday in the evenings.




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Batman is a 1960s American television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It stars Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City. It aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network for two and a half seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. The show was aired twice weekly for its first two seasons, resulting in the production of a total of 120 episodes.



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LP4 - 8/7/2011, 8:34 AM
Nice find Graphic City!

Interesting...hm. No love for Robert Lowery? He was the TRUE original live-action Batman. =D

Ryden - 8/7/2011, 8:39 AM
He's awesome, totally a living legend. I think he at least deserves a cameo in TDKR.
Knightstalker - 8/7/2011, 8:41 AM
Batman fighting the Martians? Ummm......Okay Adam. If you say so.
LP4 - 8/7/2011, 8:42 AM
Oh and I love that picture of what the "Bright Knight" would have done to Heath's Joker in the interrogation room. LOL classic.



Ichaos - 8/7/2011, 8:46 AM
Robert Lawrey? Was that the guy in the old serials where Batman and Robin smiled at each other in a way that tapped into our inner homohobe meters?
LP4 - 8/7/2011, 8:52 AM
@Ichaos- Was this really much better?


@Ryden- West is classic like Reeve was to Superman. But...i can do without a cameo from this guy. If any cameo is deserved- that honor goes to Keaton. First real dark, live action Batman that spawned the cooler animated series of the 90's and so forth.

But hey, classics are great too, hence- Adam West was the voice of I think the mayor in some newer animated Batman show.
LucasMend - 8/7/2011, 8:54 AM
hehe Adam is [frick]ing awesome.
Jimdlux - 8/7/2011, 8:56 AM
I don't think he could do a good voice, but I think he could pull the look for Bruce Wayne in a live action Batman Beyond...
hatrick3 - 8/7/2011, 9:04 AM
Adam West also voiced a character called The Grey Ghost on BTAS.
LP4 - 8/7/2011, 9:10 AM
@hatrick3- BTAS was my all-time favorite superhero cartoon. I couldn't even remember Adam West did his voice till you brought it up just now. Good job. I only remembered he voiced the mayor of Gotham in that newer cartoon- "The Batman" which was a decent enough nod i figure.



@bropous- Your avatar is Julie Newmar? I never knew =D
Jeb - 8/7/2011, 9:49 AM
I don't about you guys, but I don't think Christian Bale could pull of the Bat Dance.
jjmeylar - 8/7/2011, 10:16 AM
MarVell - 8/7/2011, 11:52 AM
Adam West is truely a living legend. There should have been a passing of the torch in at least one of the Tim Burton / Joel Shcumacher Batman films featuring a cameo of Adam west. As well as passing of the torch featuring a cameo of Michael Keaton in at least one of Cris Nolan's Batman films.

I posted a review right here on CBM, of the 1966 Batman the movie starring Adam West under a series of articles I've writen titled Comic book movie : flash back, in the reviews section. Check it out.
JatevinM - 8/7/2011, 12:34 PM
I would love an Adam West cameo in the Dark Knight Rises, I mean nothing comical but something that sticks to Nolans style.
Alphalad - 8/7/2011, 12:52 PM
They shouldn't give old dudes a forum. There's no comparison to Dark Knight with those campy Batman shows. The closest episode I ever thought of was when they fought the Green Hornet because they had to tone down the stupid slapstick a bit. And also because Robin got his ass kicked by Bruce Lee.
TonyTitan - 8/7/2011, 1:44 PM
To complete his "Full Circle", Adam West should most definitely get some part in any Batman movie....whether something gets written in to TDKR, or in any hopeful future Batman movies.

The man is a living legend....Truly an icon to one of the original Batman series.
razor - 8/7/2011, 1:49 PM
@ Alphalad.

I don't compare what Adam did to what Christian is doing now. I compare them to what the comics are doing. Do they represent something you can open up and read? In the 60s the TV show did, and some of the episodes were taken directly off the pages, so the only thing to blame is the comics of the time. The Dark Knight Rises also represents the current status of Batman, not at all campy. Oh, and I'm an "old dude"
headlopper - 8/7/2011, 5:22 PM
Classy guy. btw ,where the hell is Burt Ward???
shaddowkhan - 8/9/2011, 1:36 AM
This guys must really think he is Bruce Wayne even his suite matches the furniture. Balling!!!
JULEZ13 - 8/9/2011, 8:55 PM
Lol, he actually seems kinda kookie in real life! Love him in Family Guy!

Nolan should give the guy a small cameo, the guy deserves it!

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