Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar
far as Adam West is concerned, there's no reason for him to worry about
where he fits into the Batman legacy, because when it comes to the
numerous actors who've played the Caped Crusader, he knows he's in a
league of his own.
"My Batman, I think of it as the Bright Knight; the others are the Dark
Knight," West offered during the panel honoring the 45th anniversary of
TV series on Friday at Comic-Con 2011. "It's just a different ball
game, that's all -- not that I wouldn't love to play the Dark Knight's
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West was joined by his former co-stars Burt Ward (who played his
trusty sidekick, Robin) and Julie Newmar (who played Catwoman). The
panel, sponsored by television network The Hub, packed the hall with
rabid fans of the campy superhero series, many of whom had clearly not
been born yet when the series debuted in 1966.
During the panel, West discussed how he scored the role -- "I was
hired to play Batman because they saw a commercial I'd done for
Nestle's Quik," West recalled, "and they said, 'This is the turkey to
play him" -- as well as the specific appeal that the series held for
"It was such a harmless show, and it was so much fun -- absurd," West
offered. "I enjoy it so much more than any other series or movie I've
Ward, meanwhile, discussed how he was injured while filming the
series' famous scene when the Batmobile comes roaring out of the Batcave
exit and hangs a sharp left. "On one of the takes, my door flew open; I
grabbed the gear shift and broke my pinkie finger," Ward revealed.
"They said, 'We have to get you to the hospital... but we have to get
the shot first."
That wasn't the only discomfort that Ward experienced while shooting the program: There were also the infamous green tights.
"I called them my python pants because they strangle you in every way," Ward noted.
Newmar, however (the first of three actresses to play Catwoman on the
series), was considerably more satisfied with her Catwoman costume.
"Well, if you wear black, it takes 15 pounds of your body," Newmar
offered. "When you put on the heels, which were four inches, it takes
what -- five pounds per inch off of your body?"
While the trio was quick to note how much they enjoyed filming
the series together, West did hint at some degree of tension with one of
the series' numerous guest stars.
"Oh my God, there were so many of them -- about 120 -- and I enjoyed
working with all of them except one."
Despite heavy prodding from the crowd, West declined to identify the object of his ire.
Apparently, that's one for the Riddler to puzzle over.