- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005

The starring role in the “Batman” movie franchise has been handed down from Michael Keaton to George Clooney to Val Kilmer to, most recently, Christian Bale. None will ever top the TV series’ Adam West, however.

Who else could grapple with Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether and come out with nary a scratch?

Anyone who could suck in his gut for 30 minutes is, by definition, the stoutest of superheroes.

He invented the Bat Dance — that inverted-peace-sign-over-the-eyes move that hoofer John Travolta would crib decades later in his famous “Pulp Fiction” dance scene with Uma Thurman. What other Batman can boast such intergenerational influence?

In addition to playing the Caped Crusader, Mr. West also starred in soft-core porn movies. No other Batman’s resume can boast such versatility.

Four words. Two hyphens. “Shark-repellent Bat-spray.” Game. Set. Match.

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