When I was a little kid, I didn’t have any understanding of “camp.” They used to run the old BATMAN TV series every weekday evening, and I never missed an episode. When Batman and Robin would get into the fisticuffs with the bad guys of the week, I’d jump around and shadowbox and help them fight. As I got older, I began to have a negative view of the series, though. Batman is the darkest of all the superheroes. Why would anybody, then, think it was a good idea to make a joke out of him? Batman should be treated with the gravitas he deserved, dangit!
As the years have passed, I’ve come to appreciate the television show anew. I take it as it was meant to be, as parody. And as an example of such, it was brilliant. And Adam West played the part to cheesy, sincere perfection.
They lit up the Los Angeles City Hall with the Batsignal to honor Mr. West after his death this past week. I know that, somewhere, West’s Batman, to the accompaniment of that classic, cornball theme song of his, answered the call.