Monday, 12 June 2017
RIP Adam West. In the two-channel wasteland of ’60s TV, Batman, Get Smart and F Troop were witty-as, while Bewitched, The Brady Bunch and most other sit-coms were vomit-inducing.
And Batman was the only one of the whole lot that didn’t have canned laughter. Didn’t need it.
Written by the brilliant scriptwriter Lorezo Semple Jr, Batman was a campy piss-take and just fantastic really, and although it had pretty much nothing to do with surfing, it was shot in LA and they occasionally hit the beach for some memorable scenes.
And none better than this gem with the Joker surf-stoked out of his evil brain after beating Batman in a surf competition – even though Batman had taken time out in the middle of the heat to deal with a shark.
And now Adam West, the best batman of all, has died at 88 after a short battle with leukemia. Farewell Caped Crusader.
WATCH THE BATMAN & THE JOKER SURF-OFF
JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT – A FEW SAMPLES OF BATMAN LECTURING ROBIN
Batman: "Nobody wants war."
Robin: "Gee, Batman. Belgravia's such a small country. We'd beat them in a few hours."
Batman: "Yes, and then we'd have to support them for years."
Robin: "You can't get away from Batman that easy!"
Batman: "Good grammar is essential, Robin."
Robin: "Thank you."
Batman: "You're welcome."
Batman: "Better put 5 cents in the meter."
Robin: "No policeman's going to give the Batmobile a ticket."
Batman: "This money goes to building better roads. We all must do our part."
Robin: "Boy! That was our closest call ever! I have to admit that I was pretty scared!"
Batman: "I wasn't scared in the least."
Robin: "Not at all?"
Batman: "Haven't you noticed how we always escape the vicious ensnarements of our enemies?"
Robin: "Yeah, because we're smarter than they are!"
Batman: "I like to think it's because our hearts are pure."
Robin: "Holy molars! Am I ever glad I take good care of my teeth!"
Batman: "True. You owe your life to dental hygiene."
Bruce: "Yes, Dick, your bird calls are close to perfect. If more people practiced them, someday we might have a chance for real communication with our feathered friends."
Dick: "In that case I think I'll polish up my ruby-crowned kinglet and my rose-breasted yellow-tailed grouse-beak calls."
Batman to Robin: "When you get a little older, you'll see how easy it is to become lured by the female of the species."
Robin: "I guess you can never trust a woman."
Batman: "You've made a hasty generalization, Robin. It's a bad habit to get into."
Robin: "That's an impossible shot, Batman."
Batman: "That's a negative attitude, Robin."
Batman: "The green button will turn the car a la escarda o a la drecia."
Robin: "To the left or right. Threw in a little Spanish on me, huh, Batman?"
Batman: "One should always keep abreast of foreign tongues, Robin."
Dick: "Gosh, Economics is sure a dull subject."
Bruce: "Oh, you must be jesting, Dick. Economics dull? The glamour, the romance of commerce... Hmm. It's the very lifeblood of our country's society."
Robin: "Gosh, Batman, this camel grass juice is great."
Batman: "Beware of strong stimulants, Robin."
Batman: "Go back outside and calm the flower children."
Robin: "They'll mob me!"
Robin: "Picked up the seal pulsator yet, Batman?"
Batman: "We're still over land, Robin, and a seal is an aquatic, marine mammal."
Robin: "Gosh, yes, Batman, I forgot."
Robin: "Where'd you get a live fish, Batman?"
Batman: "The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin."
Bruce: "Don't dip your oar in this sordid sea, Dick. You might be besmirched."