While at New York Comic-Con 2016, Comicbook.com had a chance to sit down with Adam West, icon and star of the 1960s Batman TV series, to talk about his return to the Batman character in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, an animated feature modeled after West and the '60s Batman TV show.
Naturally, in seeing Adam West's Batman back onscreen, it begs the question of how "Batman Classic" compares to the modern era of Batman onscreen - namely the depictions of the character we've seen in films like The Dark Knight Trilogy or Batman v Superman. We had to ask West what he thinks of the new era of Batman movies; spoiler alert, the man who perfected Batusi isn't a fan of all the darkness and edginess:
"The new movies... Batman is full vengeance and deep-seeded angst and so on. They're very dark. My Batman was just funny. I try to make it funny and fun, I'm the happy Batman, for god's sakes!"
Later on during the interview, West was asked what advice he would therefore give future Batman actors, his response was, "Enough violence. And let costume work for you. And put a little humor in it! I think it's about time to relieve that unrelenting kind of attitude of vengeance. I can't take it anymore! I'm going home and I'm going to suck my thumb!"
He gets a little thumb-in-cheek there at the end (see what I did?), but West was uncharacteristically serious in his assertion that the Batman of today is too dark and violent for his liking; he generally seems to yearn for the days when there was a happier Batman that was all about the fun.
Well, fans will get their chance to relive the Adam West Batman, when Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders on digital download on October 11, 2016 - and on DVD/Bu-ray on November 1, 2016.