For, Friday, June 23, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I was co-hosting with Doug Wright a TV version of our KSL Radio “Movie Show,” I had the opportunity of doing a brief taped interview with Adam West, TV’s Batman in the mid-1960s, who died two weeks ago at age 88. Here’s a transcript of what we aired on that show in October 1994, which is quite brief because satellite TV interviews were done one after another, with stations all around the country lining up, and each was allotted just six minutes … to include introductions! For the celebrities it was akin to an on-camera treadmill. (We padded such interviews with movie or TV clips, of course.)

Chris Hicks: You know, for a lot of the baby-boom generation, myself included, we grew up watching “Batman,” and you were Batman, and you were on twice a week with those great cliffhangers. I remember at the time that everything was Batman, it was just insane, it was just, well, they called it Batmania, and it really was. Those awful joke books with Batman jokes, and all that stuff. What do you think it was about the show that made it so incredibly popular at the time, and that has kept it popular all these years?



          Adam West at San Diego Comic Con (2014).


Adam West: Chris, I've lived with all those things, all these years, and I've just gotten to the point where, people have been wonderful about it.


CH: How did you, at the time, attract all of those big name stars that came on to play villains.


AW: Well, I think that these actors wanted to play roles that were unlike other things they were doing. I mean, how many times do you get to make that kind of trip, you know, pull all the stops and be some bigger than life, a strange villain.


The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) in the "Batman" movie (1966).


CH: After “Batman” went off the air, did it typecast you in way that hindered your career after that?


AW: Oh yeah, absolutely, because, I, in an attempt to rise from the ashes or pick up what I thought were the ruins of a career, I got into some really bad movies.