Most people nowadays, when talk turns to Batman, think of the dark, brooding portrayals in movies, in recent times, but not me. For me, the one true Batman came from a camp, kitschy TV series from the 1960’s, portrayed by Adam West, who has sadly just departed this world, and not in a Batmobile either. Fine, he was 88, but the fact that I remember watching the original series, when it came out, though only in black and white, then yes, I begin to feel old!
Oh fine, given I was between the age of 8, and the age of 10 when it was originally shown, a lot of the camp nuances would have sailed straight over my head. Possibly for the better at that age, but anyway… I do remember all the ‘Bam! Kapow! and Wham!’ stuff that appeared on the screen each time a punch was thrown, mind.
I guess it just shows how much things have changed, that all the technology in the Bat Dungeon now seems so dated. Back then, it was so far ahead of the technology of the time, that a young girl probably watched on in amazement. Lets face it, nowadays, the Police would just call him on a cell phone lol! But back then, the concept of the bat signal, floodlit for him to see it…ah well!
No, I might be able to blame the whole Batman thing for some of my kinks, but the robot fetish isnt one of them. The whole kinky clothing thing though, absolutely! Even though this was before the days when Batman wore a solid looking latex outfit, the outfits were, err, quite something, all the same. Especially my favorite one, but more on that shortly!
Yes, I know, Adam West, as Batman, was no youngster, even back then. The whole point being that he had to be old enough to be Robin’s guardian, lets face it. So yes, I might still have a few years left yet, but its the sort of thing that makes you realize that you’re getting old!
So, RIP, Adam West, and thanks for so much childhood entertainment, that lives on today, even if only on You Tube!
Oh, right, I mentioned one specific character, and outfit, didnt I? I’m not saying that the Michelle Pfieffer Catwoman outfit didnt influence me, because it did! I suspect that was more PVC, than Latex, but it was restrictive, sexy, and fine, I wished it was me wearing it. But again, the Catwoman I grew up loving was not her, it was the more kittenish Julie Newmar for me. And fine, for a young child at least, that outfit was something I longed to wear at the time, too.
So here, as a tribute to Adam West, is a clip where Julie attempts to ‘seduce’ Batman, even if thats not really her aim, as the clip shows. Thanks for the memories, both of you.