I don’t believe Adam West ever truly hung up his cowl and stopped being Batman. When the man approached and addressed me in that smooth voice, I realized you can take a man out of the Batcave, but you can never take the Batcave out of the man.
And it would seem a lot of people are happy to let West stick around in the Batcave of the late ’60s. Since last 2013’s launch of all products Batman ’66, following years of entanglements that held up licensing, the campy era of Adam West’s Batman TV series has enjoyed renewed enthusiasm.
Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Batman ’66 returned in a big way. Mattel had its line of collectible action figures, including a Batusi con exclusive; DC Comics had just launched its Batman ’66 comic book, and a con bag emblazoned with a Warhol-esque treatment of Cesar Romero’s Joker, and an attached Bat-cape, was a sought-after item.
Fast-forward to 2014, and the Batman comic is ongoing, and is also part of a Green Hornet crossover written by Kevin Smith; Mattel has expanded its line and also introduced a friggin’ sweet 1966 utility belt replica with a cowl on the way; and the Batman ’66 DVD/Blu-ray set with all 120 episodes is being released Nov. 11.
Also, the world of Batman '66 will be playable in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the next installment of the popular videogame. During a portion of the game, gamers will be able to play as the Caped Crusader, voiced by West himself.
In a pretty rare one-on-one interview, West announced that the game will be released the same day as the DVD/Blu-ray set. But the actor also joined me to discuss his return to Batman as well as how his character is being introduced to a new generation. Admittedly, the beginning of the video is a little shaky as, quite like the Batman, West appeared quickly and began talking before I was ready -- also, I didn’t have the fanboy heart to cut out the portion in which he compliments me.
And yes, he even strikes a Batusi pose for me.