The onetime Caped Crusader dishes on the suit, the sounds, and -- me-ow! -- the Catwomen

By Jeff Jensen
August 28, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
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”I really have had a mysterious career,” muses the 71-year-old Adam West, whose four-decade oeuvre includes five TV series, a few soft-core Skinemax flicks, and some 140 other film and television credits. ”It’s like, ‘Just call him! He has no taste!”’ But he did have the good sense to say yes to ”Batman,” the TV series that has made him an enduring freaks-and-geeks deity. With the DVD release of the show’s 1966 ”pilot” — ”Batman: The Movie” (see review here), which, though shot first, actually hit theaters after the show’s first season — the daffy dark knight agreed to entertain a few ridiculous riddles.

Give us a tip for playing Batman at home. Be extremely careful how you handle your utility belt. There are sensitive areas.

What was the worst thing about the Batsuit? I’m guessing it was the whole spandex-up-the-butt-crack thing. A bit of that. But it was just itchy. And really hot.

Who was the sexiest Catwoman: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Eartha Kitt? It wouldn’t become a superhero to be less than honorable. But God, they were all very fetching.

If you, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney got into a Batman battle royal, who would win? It might be a mismatch. They have rubber and plastic, and this is just pure West.

Your commentary on the Batman DVD is very revealing. But if you had to do a commentary for Young Lady Chatterley II, what would you say? ”But you promised to shoot only my buns!” They promised me no nude scenes. Boy, they tricked me.

If there were a talking Adam West doll, what would it say? ”Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”

Sum up your career with one Batman sound effect. Barrrroooooom! Either that, or Zap!

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