Adam West

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There’s some grainy footage on YouTube from the 1970s that fea­tures Adam West as Bat­man fronting up to WWE wrestler Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Lawler is dressed as a su­per­hero while West wears his Bat­man cowl… and a track­suit. The mad­ness reaches its apex as he tells the wrestler to “stop be­ing naughty and use your in­di­ca­tors cor­rectly when driv­ing”. These were the lean times.

West had en­joyed huge suc­cess as Bat­man in the late-1960s, but de­spite the show’s suc­cess it only ran for two years. Af­ter that, de­spite be­ing of­fered the role of James Bond in Di­a­monds Are Forever (he turned it down believing it the do­main of an English­man), he found him­self type­cast… im­mor­talised, at least to the mind of al­most ev­ery TV ex­ec­u­tive in town, in grey Ly­cra. Thank­fully, pop cul­ture is a cycli­cal busi­ness.

While the low oc­tave growl of mod­ern-day Bat­man is quite rightly lauded, the car­toon­ish vil­lains and crack­pot schemes of the TV se­ries is the comic book char­ac­ter in its truest form.

It’s part of the rea­son why, at the age of 87, Adam West re­mains a part of your con­scious­ness – although that could also be down to roles in The Simpsons or Fam­ily Guy or as the voice of your favourite video game. West, like any su­per­hero worth his salt, en­dures.

Bat­man: Re­turn Of The Caped Cru­saders. Ex­pect in­sane plot­lines, stupid catch­phrases and the most fun you’ll have all month.”

de­buts at New York Comic-Con, Oc­to­ber 6

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