Batman: The Complete TV Series: The Continuing Case for Camp

November 11, 2014 6:37 PM

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There's no doubt, though, that West, who had until recently held the record for most times playing Batman (both onscreen and via voiceover in a variety of animated series that followed), made an indelible mark in the role. That distance record has since been broken, I believe, by voice actor Kevin Conroy of Batman: The Animated Series, but West's canny take on the character, with his absolutely earnest delivery of outrageous dialogue, was inarguably the crucial ingredient in pulling off the delicate balancing act by producer William Dozier (also the narrator) between high camp for the adults and high adventure for the kiddies.

And then, of course, there was Robin. Ah, Robin. I loved Robin. And so did my dad. Each time Burt Ward would let fly another "Holy ______, Batman!" my dad would bust out laughing. I never understood what precisely he thought was so funny. This was serious business! There was one episode, and I don't...

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