Adam West is coming back as Batman for a 50th anniversary ('60s live-action TV series) animated film based ostensibly on the old TV series.
Been a while, Mr. West, but from what I've seen and heard most of my life I think you're awesome, you occasionally crack me up... I do not say that very often about a lot of people -- and definitely not most celebrities. He's definitely my favorite live-action Batman of the whole bunch.
(Kevin Conroy is my definitive Batman -- at least as far as the animated shows go. Deidrich Bader was also pretty good in Batman: The Brave & The Bold.)
As a kid, for a while, I belonged in that short-sighted crowd that only accepted a 'dark' Batman like the Frank Miller/Dark Knight Returns version... which I have come to UTTERLY DESPISE over the years. I prefer a more balanced version of the character like the late 1970s comic book version, or (better yet) the 1992-1995 Batman: TAS which is darn close to perfect where I'm concerned.
I have since come to change my mind on the 1960s Batman live-action series. That show was a heck of a lot like the old comic books -- especially from about the mid-1940s to roughly 1963/1964.
How can you hate a guy who has the balls to say with a straight face, and, without missing a beat, the following?
From The Simpsons, Season 4, "Mr. Plow" http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Plow/Quotes
:Homer: "Adam West! Hey, kids! Batman!!"
Lisa: "Dad, that’s not the real Batman."
Adam West: "Of course I’m Batman. See, here’s a picture of me with Robin."
Bart: "Who the hell is Robin?"
Adam West:" I suppose you’re only familiar with the new Batman movies. Michelle Pfeiffer? Ha! The only true Catwoman is Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Eartha Kitt. And I didn’t need molded plastic to improve my physique. Pure. West. And why doesn’t Batman dance anymore? Remember the Batusi?" (starts dancing)
Homer: "Heh. Nice meetin’ ya..." (tugging the kids back and whispering) "Just keep moving, don’t make eye contact…"
(Great writing, but it would not have been sold without great delivery...)
If you have ANY pictures of Mr. "Batman" West, you gotta (re)post them...
I know you've met just about everybody...!