Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Bright Knight

"The show was a campy, pop art-inspired playground and West's performance—an utterly straight-faced approach to a ridiculous character—was perfect. 'All we wanted from him was eternal squareness, rigidity, and purposefulness,' producer William Dozier said in 1966 as Batman's premiere loomed, and West—helped by Burt Ward’s Robin and a lineup of celebrity guest stars—delivered. Whether he was dancing the Batusi or hanging from a helicopter with a shark chomping on his leg (in the series' spin-off Batman: The Movie), West's ultra-serious approach to ultra-ridiculous material worked perfectly."

Matthew Dessem at Slate reports the death of Batman Adam West.

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