Adam West Discusses Current ‘Dark Knight’ Franchise

Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall was Online Managing Editor for ComicMix before joining MTV's SplashPage. Previously, he was Online Content Manager for Wizard Entertainment. He has written for several daily newspapers, alternative weekly newspapers, trade magazines and online media, and was named "Writer of the Year" by the New York Press Association in 2005.

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10 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    Wow, you are right. That wasn't just "sort of" rude. That was just plain, stupidly rude of Really over the top. Especially for the headline of the piece. West's insights are thoughtful and valid. comes across like complete a-holes, utter jerks. What is their beef with Adam West? Don't they have editors? Or is this the general tone of the site? I didn't want to go exploring.

    • mike weber says:

      Probably, like myself, the memory of that teevee series leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. All i can figure out as to why it was the way it was is that it was developed and overseen by people with contempt for Batman in particular, and comics in general. (A recent travesty of the same sort is Voerhoeven's pointless {and clueless} savaging of Starship Troopers).About the only good good thing about that pile of steaming dreck was the fact that it inspired one of the most fun Steed/Peel Avengers adventures – The Winged Avenger. (If you watch it and listen carefully, you can hear a short quote from the Battman theme in Laurie Johnson's score for the episode.) Panels featuring the title character, drawn by Frank Bellamy, were a major aspect of the action (though one was done by someone else by redrawing a panel from an issue of Blackhawk)… (See Comics in The Avengers, about ha;lfway down the page.)

      • Russ Rogers says:

        I have to disagree. The tone of the 60s Batman TV show was intentionally tongue in cheek and camp. Yes. But the show was generally faithful to the source material, and obviously done with affection and reverence. The writing was silly, punriffic but still clever. The guest star villains were genuine stars and their casting was sometimes inspired. Burgess Merideth. Julie Newmar. Ertha Kitt. Cliff Robertson.The TV show didn't have Bat-Mite, Bat-Hound or Bat-Woman, all staples of a previous decades worth of comics code-neutered story lines. Try to read the Batman stories of the late fifties and early sixties and then tell me that the Batman TV show didn't improve on those tepid, hackneyed plots. In comparison, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is positively edgy!Adam West probably did more to reinvigorate the publics interest in Batman than almost any other single artist or contributor in the history of the Batman Mythos. If West gave that interview, I doubt he will ever give them another. They treated him horribly, for apparently no good reason other than to try to appear TMZ/Johnny Knoxville bratty, irreverent, hip and cool.The headline: TV's Cornball Batman Thinks "The Dark Knight" is Too Darkand the subtitle: Awwww. Is da poor widdle pwincess fwightened? 60's TV Batman, Adam West, doesn't like the new movie's dark overtones.Well it's just plain stupid. They don't sum up what Adam West was saying at all. I didn't see West complaining one bit. Why would West be frightened? He was remarking on the differences in tone and production values between the TV show and the current movies. Considering the fact that many people speculate that it was the darkness and intensity that Heath Ledger poured into playing the Joker that led to his insomnia. That Ledger self medicated his insomnia into the overdose that killed him. Well, I found West's remarks about how he felt it was his job to keep the mood on the set of the TV show light and open an interesting contrast. The's writer was too consumed with making West look bad to even notice that.

        • mike weber says:

          I have to agree that the overall tone is too negative.But i found the show condescending and offensive when it was on, and i find it more so now.

          • mike weber says:

            Aggh – posted that before i did an edit i intended to do – What i meant to say was i>But i and virtually all of my comic-reading friends found the show condescending…

  2. James Baker says:

    Mike, Russ is right. The Batman TV show was clearly the work of people who loved the character dearly, and was absolutely loyal to the comics of the day, except that the TV show was actually well written and intentionally campy, as apposed to the Comics which didn't seem to realize they were "pop art".And will anyone ever bring Penguin and The Riddler to life as well as Burgess Meredith and Frank Gorshin? I don't think so.

  3. Rick Taylor says:

    Two reasons to love the 60's show…Julie Newmar and Yvonne Craig.Besides, let's just rewrite history.Get over it, it was fun.Really, isn't there enough Batman to go around for everyone forever?

  4. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    Where did the ComicMix team get that photo? It's amazing! I would love to get an 8×10 version of it.

  5. russ carreiro says:

    Just because something is "intentionally campy" doesn't mean its any good. A lot of people, me included, think that those Batman shows were stupid. I do not mind camp but I know stupid when I see it. Whatever the intentions were/are (and Im sensing some of us are mind readers or something) it doesn't mean a person has to like, admire or agree with the interpretation. The way I see it is the campy comics sucked, the TV show was horrifyingly bad and the campy movies that Joel Schumacher did were even worse. Its a matter of opinion and taste. I do not agree at all that I have to take something in any context or with any understanding of the reasonings behind it. If I watch it and I think its stupid then I take it for what its worth.I think the title and the treatment of Adam West were fair to be honest. "Cornball" is simply the nail being hit squarely by the hammer.

    • Russ Rogers says:

      I can spot you "Cornball," but "Awwww. Is da poor widdle pwincess fwightened?" is stupid. I know stupid when I see it. And that was not only an insult to Adam West, it was an insult to our intelligence as readers.