Before his 2017 death, Batman’s Adam West opened up in an exclusive interview for REELZ's Batman to Wonder Woman: TV’s Favorite Superheroes on how he made the iconic character his own.
"They wanted it very straight and Lone Ranger, kind of thing and nothing behind the mask. I couldn't do that. I felt that Batman is a very interesting character, but even comedically, as the Bright Knight, and not the Dark Knight, you had to have fun with it," West reveals. "In the ’60’s the three B’s: Bond, Beatles and Batman — and I thought, 'My God, I’m a part of that trio.'"
However, he also butt heads with producer William "Bill" Dozier, who hoped to keep his actor in line despite West's rise in popularity. "When I was on the cover of Life magazine, he called me into the office, he threw the magazine down on his desk in front of me and I just stood there and looked at him with a little grin," West recalled, "And he said, 'Oh, wait a minute, don't forget there have been 12 Tarzans, Adam."
Fans love TV superheroes, including Superman, Batman and The Green Hornet, with Bruce Lee in the 60’s. They were followed by Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk in the 70’s and Greatest American Hero in the 80’s.
All the big stars sit down for interviews in this REELZ special including Batman's West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, as well as Wonder Woman’s Lynda Carter and The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno.
There is much more to learn as Batman to Wonder Woman: TV’s Favorite Superheroes airs on REELZ on Saturday, October 23, at 9ET/PT on REELZ.
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