Holy Sinister Plot Batman!

Adam West, the tights-wearing-caped-crusader who played the title character of the 1960’s Batman TV series says he believes the current films are too serious.

In other words, Batman thinks Batman should lighten up. The 79 year old West recently said he’s only seen a small portion of Batman Forever and the upcoming Dark Knight but found them “dark, gothic, sinister, and full of explosions.” I’m not sure why he’s upset about the gothic feel. Maybe West has forgotten that Batman lives in Gothom City.

In an interview with ComicBookMovie.Com, Adam West said the films stand in stark contrast to the TV show. Well there’s no d’uh there Batman. There’s a huge difference between the “pow, wham” and “zap” of your show and edgier side of the recent Batman movies. But, reality is this, that’s exactly what Michael Uslan, the Executive Producer for the movies, is trying to do. A few years ago I interviewed Uslan on my talk show and I asked him which were his favorite Batman movies. He responded by saying the first one, and then Batman Begins. I asked him why and he said because the middle movies had too much of a “comic book feel” to them. I agreed with him. I still have bad dreams about George Clooney playing Batman. Give me a break! Clooney as Batman? That just didn’t fit at all.

Adam West went on to say the TV series was just “silly and funny.” He also pointed out that the “villains were almost Shakespearean because of the bizarre costuming and makeup.” Once again, and this is by no means a swat at Adam West and the Batman TV series, but come on Mr. West, you’re comparing apples to oranges here. It’s obvious the TV show was different. It was aimed at a very different age. I for one loved watching you on TV playing Batman. But I also enjoy the fact that the Batman of my youth, has grown with me into my adulthood.

As a little movie trivia point here. It was on this date in 1989 that Tim Burton’s Batman hit the big screen. His version cast Michael Keaton as Batman And, surprisingly enough, it starred Jack Nicholson as the Joker. I have a feeling Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker in the upcoming Dark Knight scheduled for release on July 18th will be very different.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.