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Adam West and your Batman

June 11, 2017
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R.I.P. Adam West

 

“I don’t need personal trainers, I’ve got style.”

The death of Adam West immediately resurrected the old argument: Who’s your favorite Batman?

It’s ironic that Roger Moore passed away so close to the same time: His death, of course, caused a chorus of favorite James Bond arguments. They both held similar positions in their perspective portrayals: They were the lighter, more colorful ones who weren’t afraid to poke a little fun at their genres.

That being the case–especially with West–the argument becomes apples and oranges. What, I can’t have both? A big navel orange, followed by a nice Red Delicious? Comparing Adam West to, say, Christian Bale is like comparing … hm. Oh, I know: Your favorite lead from Doctor Who. Or like comparing “Battlestar Galactica” to “Battlestar Galactica”. Love or hate the reboot, it just wasn’t the same show as the original.

I’ve probably just started arguments that would rival fights among British football fans, but there you go.

“Okay, which Catwoman are we taking on this week?”

 

“Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.” — Batman

Look at the above quote, and picture Michael Keaton’s Batman saying that. Look at the photo, and imagine Christian Bale’s Batman cavorting with a purple Batgirl or a bright red and yellow Robin. Ain’t gonna happen. For that matter, imagine Ben Affleck making fun of his Batman on an episode of Family Guy. (Clooney would probably do it.)

My point is, you can like them both, or all, even Val Kilmer (if you want). If you’re a sports fan, the analogy is that you can like both the Cubs and the Bears: They’re both in the same city, but they’re two different animals.

So embrace and remember the fun that was Adam West. We should all be so lucky as to bring that much joy to such a wide audience.

Mark R Hunter

Mark R Hunter is the author of three romantic comedies: Radio Red, Storm Chaser, and its sequel, The Notorious Ian Grant, as well as a related story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts. He also wrote a young adult adventure, The No-Campfire Girls, and a humor collection, Slightly Off the Mark. In addition, he collaborated with his wife, Emily, on the history books Images of America: Albion and Noble County, Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So With The Albion Fire Department, and Hoosier Hysterical. Mark’s work also appeared in the anthologies My Funny Valentine and Strange Portals: Ink Slingers’ Fantasy/Horror Anthology. For two decades Mark R Hunter has been an emergency dispatcher for the Noble County Sheriff Department. He’s served over 32 years as a volunteer for the Albion Fire Department, holding such positions as safety officer, training officer, secretary, and public information officer. He also has done public relations writing for the Noble County Relay For Life, among other organizations, and served two terms on the Albion Town Council. When asked if he has any free time, he laughs hysterically. Mark lives in Albion, Indiana, with his wife and editor Emily, a cowardly ball python named Lucius, and a loving, scary dog named Beowulf. He has two daughters and twin grandsons, and so naturally is considering writing a children’s book.

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One Response to Adam West and your Batman

  1. Bill Y "The Legend" Ledden
    June 18, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Adam West’s Batman delivery was class. His timing won’t be bettered.



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