Television's first Batman, Adam West, has decided that while he holds no ill will towards the modern Batman films, including this summers The Dark Knight, they are a very different creature than the Batman he played in the 1960s. West spoke to Comic Book Movie where he discussed the differences between the modern films and the lighthearted Dark Knight he used to play.
"I've only seen bits and pieces of them," West said. "There's an enormous amount of effort and time and money that goes into the making of them, but it's a different generation. They're a different kind of thing than ours was. They're dark, gothic, sinister, full of explosions. We didn't approach it that way at all."
When asked to discuss more about his experience with Batman in the 1960s TV series, West said "It was silly and funny. With the villains, especially, it was almost Shakespearian because of the bizarre costuming and makeup. In those days we didn't rely on special effects as much so everyone was challenged to use their imaginations. I don't remember any case in which somebody didn't really enjoy the creation of it. If it wasn't that kind of open environment, then I felt like I was a failure because I tried to go on the stage every day and create that kind of atmosphere."
Although West hasn't had much involvement with the modern Batman films, he has revisited the Batman mythology once since Batman ended on television. He provided the voice for The Grey Ghost in one episode of Batman: The Animated Series. In that episode, The Grey Ghost was the fictional crimefighter who inspired Bruce Wayne as a child.
However, while West may not be eagerly anticipating the release of TDK, Batman fans everywhere certainly are. The Dark Knight opens on July 18, 2008, and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gylenhall.