Biff! Bam! Busting! 1960s Batman’s biggest problem was going to the toilet, says actor Adam West



 Peter Mitchell 

 Adam West gets out of his chair, leans forward and offers a strong, superhero-style handshake. 
  West is 86 years old and it’s almost half a century since he slipped into his Batman outfit for the iconic 1960s TV series, but the Washington-born actor doesn’t look a day over 50.
He has the same amount of hair and just a few more wrinkles than when he was the caped crusader of Gotham City combining with sidekick Robin (yes, 69-year-old Burt Ward is also alive) to knock out the Joker, Riddler, King Tut, Egghead and Mr Freeze with “BAM!”, “WHAM!” and “POW!” punches.
The 1960s Batman television series only ran for two years yet packed plenty of iconic scenes. 
 “I feel about 92 today,” West tells AAP with a smile.
“But the 80s are the new middle age, right?”
Despite the relatively small two-year run of the show, West has made a career out of the Batman role, appearing in numerous shows, movies and spoofs over the years, including providing his voice for the new Lego Batman Xbox or PlayStation game and his latest gig as Mayor Adam West on the animated series Family Guy.
“After this interview I’m going over to do some work on Family Guy,” West says.
West is at the Los Angeles headquarters of Warner Bros Home Entertainment to promote the new Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD box set, which features all 120 episodes remastered, a personal letter from West to fans, a Hot Wheels replica Batmobile, trading cards, episode guide and plenty of other features.
Adam West’s version of Batman was social satire and comedy, unlike the darker modern depictions starring Christian Bale. 
The campy, humorous TV series continues to be popular with children too young to watch the new, heavy Dark Knight feature films by Christopher Nolan.
“I had no idea,” West, when asked if he thought the show would remain popular decades later.
 “As a young actor you are intent on creating a character and doing the best you can.
“They (the series creators) sensed that if we did the show on those levels it would continue and the kids, as they grew into adults, would get the gags.
“We did it as a social satire and comedy.”
West is not a fan of Nolan’s Dark Knight films, quickly directing talk back to the DVDs when asked about the blockbuster movie franchise.
He also reveals his old Batman suit had a couple of drawbacks.
“It was kind of itchy and made from clingy material, but the cape was very fine, imported Chinese silk, he said.
And going to the bathroom in between takes was an issue.
“I only had one zipper in the wrong place,” West laughs.
“I didn’t want anyone playing with my zipper.”
As for West’s secret to looking so good in his 80s, he denies he discovered an anti-ageing cure in the Bat Cave.
“The only exercise I get is doing the chores around the house, the property,” West, who splits his time between a home in Palm Springs and a farm in Idaho, said.
“I also hike and ski and do stuff like that.”
Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition box set is on sale in Australia now.


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