Adam West's Batman TV Series Premiered 56 Years Ago Today
Adam West's Batman TV series premiered 56 years ago today and fans are remembering the show. A lot of people grew up with the actor on TV establishing that wonderful rogues gallery for non-comic readers. In a lot of ways, he and Burt Ward were the faces of the character for a long time. However, as comics became more widespread and their influence extended, many books began to distance themselves from that interpretation of the character. But, as the old addage goes, everything comes back around. A younger generation of Bat-Fan sees the appeal of West's work. (There are some people who believe Robert Pattinson's mask in the upcoming movie as an homage to the TV show.) Check out some of the best posts right here.
Comics legend Alan Moore has been vocal about Adam West's version of the character in the past. He said, "Increasingly, I think the best version of Batman was Adam West, which didn't take it at all seriously."
The tv series “Batman” starring Adam West premiered on this day in 1966. Pay homage 🦇 pic.twitter.com/DhovegItc8— HOMAGE (@HOMAGE) January 12, 2022
"Most people equate comics with superhero movies now That adds another layer of difficulty for me," Moore said. "I haven't seen a superhero movie since the first Tim Burton Batman film. They have blighted cinema, and also blighted culture to a degree. Several years ago, I said I thought it was a really worrying sign, that hundreds of thousands of adults were queuing up to see characters that were created 50 years ago to entertain 12-year-old boys. That seemed to speak to some kind of longing to escape from the complexities of the modern world, and go back to a nostalgic, remembered childhood. That seemed dangerous, it was infantilizing the population."
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Such a good day
Happy Birthday to Batman. American live action tv series 1st shown this day in 1966. Based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It stars Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin – two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City #Batman 📺 pic.twitter.com/VbFMbm6kLo— Kenny (@kennylanglea) January 12, 2022
Comixology dropping in
Da da BATMAN! The iconic television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward aired its first episode today in 1966.
The show was just as much known for its ear worm of a theme song as its campy moral lessons, lest we ever forget the episode about seatbelt safety. pic.twitter.com/y7GghBUkES— comiXology (@comiXology) January 12, 2022
On the set
PHOTO OF THE DAY. Burt Ward and Adam West on the set of the Batman film (1966). pic.twitter.com/qW72FeGqvY— Prof Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) January 12, 2022
People love it
Adam West will always be my Batman https://t.co/LZTyYC3PcH— Aaron L Potratz (@alpotratz) January 12, 2022
The action-adventure superhero series #Batman, starring #AdamWest and #BurtWard, premiered on ABC this date in 1966. pic.twitter.com/hblvrnjkHz— Silver Age Television 📺 (@SilverAgeTV) January 12, 2022
This is too real
Growing up, I watched Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. The show meant a lot to me then. But I rediscovered it about six months ago and it means more to me than it ever has.
Happy 56th anniversary to my favorite show. I’m so happy it’s part of my life again pic.twitter.com/opwbidXzxy— annie (@mossytoadstooIs) January 12, 2022
Such vibrant designs
Remembering the #Batman TV series that premiered #OTD in 1966, staring Adam West and Burt Ward. #MyBatman #Batman66 #RockedMyWorld pic.twitter.com/HO9E9flgGi— Stephen A. Rhodes (@StephenARhodes) January 12, 2022
January 12, 1966: "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and guest villain Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, debuts on ABC. pic.twitter.com/dAhQsYgPxc— DrPopCultureBGSU (@DrPopCultureBG) January 12, 2022