Long before Christopher Nolan rebooted the Dark Knight for the modern era, Batman was the realm of spandex and “Zap! Pow!” wackiness. Now, the original Caped Crusader has opened up about his tenure in the cowl.
With Batman’s 75th anniversary upon us, original 1960s Batman star Adam West has written a stellar op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter, looking back at his time on the cult hit series. Sure, the show was campy as could be, but according to West, it fit the culture of the time (much as dark and gritty apparently mirrors our world today).
One of the best bits revolved around the fact that DC thought the show was too corny, at least until the Batman comic books started flying off the shelves. After that, they apparently became big fans:
“At first, DC Comics didn't much like the fact that we were not serious enough for adults. However, when they saw their book sales dramatically increase, they began to love us, as did the Japanese color TV manufacturers. They became big fans, of course. Our TV series and our older Batman movie tuned in to the vivid colors and escapism of the '60s. We were reflecting artists like any Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns. Our above- and below-the-line crew all shared a clear vision of what we were creating and where we were headed. It must be said that this is a tribute to our late executive producer, Bill Dozier, and the brilliant writer who set the tone, the late Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Lorenzo had written a number of award-winning screenplays, but he maintained that our Batman was the best thing he ever wrote. His scripts for the shows were wonderful. We had terrific guest stars, and we didn't wink or try to be funny. We just did funny things. Batusi, anyone?”
The full piece is well worth a read, and as we get ready to see what Batfleck can do up against Cavill-Man in a few years, it’s nice to look back at one of the Dark Knight’s earliest incarnations. Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh, Batman!
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)