In 2013, Cracked magazine posted an article online titled, "5 Beloved Superheroes Who Are Actually Really Stupid." The article offered up various proofs of idiocy being their superpower, with varying levels of amusement. Thor, for example, "Thor has the distinction of being the only superhero who screams his secret identity at the top of his lungs while he's in public."
Well, yeah, there's that.
Truthfully (or as truthfully as one can be in a discussion of complete fiction), that stuff doesn't bother me in the least. It's a comic book; a drawing. On it's best day, with it's best POW blazoned across the panel, it's still a drawing. This whole genre had so much more to look forward to in its future as it all went on to be televised and filmed.
Special effects have come so far since the early days of comics. Back in the day, I loved comic books, too; you better believe that I didn't miss the chance to jump on the television and movie bandwagon. After all, I have to save my creative brain cells for this fine blog (cough). I can't go creative on inferred movie details, I need the full CGI.
While discussing the movie "Iron Man" with a similarly aged pal, his conversation took a turn down memory lane and he started to tout the wonders of Batman. Not Michael Keaton...or Val Kilmer...or George Clooney...or even the much maligned Ben Affleck...nope, he didn't acknowledge any of the Batmen with their ever growing toolbox of special effects and fantastic skills.
He lauded all praise on Adam West's version of the beloved Bat dude. Yeah, that was some excitement in the 60s, but we have so much more Batmania available to us now. Why? Had he not seen Batman surfing with his Bat swim-boxers?
I cringed for beach bathing Batman that fateful day. Sincerely, I was less embarassed seeing the AARP nude beach in the Caribbean (okay, it wasn't really an AARP nude beach, but I'll bet the majority were card carrying members...I thought that no one owned an iron to press their clothes...then I realized they weren't wearing any, and the speed of which I exited that area proved that I didn't really need my AARP card just yet).
But was it truly worse than some of his other wonders of tech? Most of Batman's special effects from the television show consisted of standing in front of a screen. Standing is not a super power, people.
Or perhaps you were blessed with some of those oh-so-special post production gems, like this:
Looking at that picture, I can almost hear the dry, deadpan delivery of West...never even twitching a thinly penciled blue eyebrow all the while.
But, it was the 60s and that was what we had. So, if we were sitting cross-legged in the front yard in 1967 discussing the latest, greatest Batman episode, I get it. I'm all in. Campy pleasures are pleasures, nonetheless.
In 2019, if you're still bringing up Adam West's Batman in the discussion of great superheros:
1) You are a super fan, and I commend you on your staying power. Mr. West would be proud. And rightly so! You've managed to ignore a wealth of abilities and improvements in the genre! I mean, how did you miss it? Well played.
2) Unfortunately, I also have to point out to you...
YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.
I get it, really I do. As my public service, it is my duty to inform you that you are not on a path to geezerdom, so relax -- you've arrived. Have a seat. You shouldn't be on your feet so much. How's your fiber intake?
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