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Adam West and your Batman

R.I.P. Adam West

The death of Adam West immediately resurrected the old argument: Who's your favorite Batman?

It's ironic that Roger Moore passed away so close to the same time: His death, of course, caused a chorus of favorite James Bond arguments. They both held similar positions in their perspective portrayals: They were the lighter, more colorful ones who weren't afraid to poke a little fun at their genres.

That being the case--especially with West--the argument becomes apples and oranges. What, I can't have both? A big navel orange, followed by a nice Red Delicious? Comparing Adam West to, say, Christian Bale is like comparing ... hm. Oh, I know: Like comparing "Battlestar Galactica" to "Battlestar Galactica". Love or hate the reboot, it just wasn't the same show as the original.

I've probably just started arguments that would rival fights among British football fans, but there you go.

"Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb." -- Batman

Look at the above quote, and picture Michael Keaton's Batman saying that. Look at the photo, and imagine Christian Bale's Batman cavorting with a purple Batgirl or a bright red and yellow Robin. Ain't gonna happen. For that matter, imagine Ben Affleck making fun of his Batman on an episode of Family Guy. (Clooney would probably do it.)

My point is, you can like them both, or all, even Val Kilmer if you want. If you're a sports fan, the analogy is that you can like both the Cubs and the Bears: They're both in the same city, but they're two different animals.

So embrace and remember the fun that was Adam West. We should all be so lucky as to bring that much joy to such a wide audience.

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kazzy_cee
Jun. 12th, 2017 06:40 am (UTC)
Adam Wests batman was very much 'of the time' and appropriate wasn't it? I agree you can have more than one favourite.
ozma914
Jun. 12th, 2017 08:08 am (UTC)
It fit into the time perfectly!
makd
Jun. 13th, 2017 01:18 am (UTC)
Favorite batman? Michael Keaton. Best MK as batman moment? When he tells himself, "I'm Batman!"

Plus -- there's his joker - Jack Nicholson - who wonders how he gets all those beautiful toys.
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2017 07:05 am (UTC)
As much as I loved Michael Keaton, I always thought they should have entitled that movie "Joker". Nicholson was far and away my favorite Joker, and I really feel he ruled the flick. Just the same, I was far from the only one who thought casting Keaton was a terrible idea, and then had to go back and eat my words.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 13th, 2017 02:37 am (UTC)
You're right, you can't compare them, especially Adam's. I liked them all (well not Val) well the first two of Keaton and Bale the third not so much
ozma914
Jun. 13th, 2017 07:06 am (UTC)
Keaton's first remains my favorite, and I liked Bale. I like the kid who plays Bruce on "Gotham", too--not at first, but he got better and better. But please, can we never again have an origin story for Batman? We pretty much all know the character by now.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 13th, 2017 08:52 pm (UTC)
I liked Bale a little better than Keaton but not by much. They were both fun movies. I do like the boy in GOtham

but omg can we never have enough origin story for a character we've seen 1001 times (swear to god if the new Spiderman is an origin story....)
ozma914
Jun. 14th, 2017 06:19 am (UTC)
Somehow there've seen six Spider-Man movies, but eight origin stories. How'd they do that?

I think the casting director for "Gotham" deserves some kind of special reward, especially with the villains. They did an amazing job finding the perfect actors for those roles.
cornerofmadness
Jun. 14th, 2017 02:36 pm (UTC)
I know, right? it's crazy and ditto superman/batman.

The villains in Gotham really make it.
ozma914
Jun. 17th, 2017 08:51 am (UTC)
They did. And on an unrelated note, happy belated birthday!
cornerofmadness
Jun. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm (UTC)
thank you and actually LJ is wrong. My birthday IS today.
ozma914
Jun. 18th, 2017 02:19 am (UTC)
Well, I didn't miss it, then!
cornerofmadness
Jun. 18th, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
Nope. thanks again
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