Grant Morrison's Guide to Batman on the Big Screen

'He's got everything,' says auteur

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1960s TV Show
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8. 1960s TV Show

"The Sixties Batman works because when you're a kid you take it really seriously and when you're an adult, you think it's pretty funny. But when you're an adolescent and you're getting into Batman as an idea of something cool and mysterious and reflection of your own darker moods – that's when you really hate that Adam West stuff. It's anathema to the adolescent concept of Batman as a tortured, angst-ridden loner. But obviously the older you get, the funnier it gets. Like the fact that they almost never mention Batman's parents had been killed. There was no real explanation that he had suffered any trauma at all. I kind of love that idea that, just because he has loads of money, why the fuck wouldn't you?

"The characters are easy to understand. The set-ups are clever. The villains are cool and weird. It hit on a lot of levels, and I'm sure hippies were enjoying it, people who were tripping were enjoying it, little kids were enjoying it. This is what people thought of that franchise for a long, long time. It was so powerful. Color TV was new, and it made a big impact. It really took the Frank Miller Dark Knight to break that image."

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