Saturday, June 10, 2017

When Batman met the Super King

@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

It's a sad day for comic book and superhero fans. Adam West, who played Batman on the 60s TV series, has died at the age of 88. I knew Jerry Lawler was a big fan of the character, as he owns the Batmobile from the show and still displays it when he's out. A few years ago I got to see it up close at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

But now back to West. In the 1970s, when Lawler was a bad guy in Memphis he had a confrontation with West. West was being interviewed for the weekly wrestling show dressed as Batman. Then Lawler came out dressed as Super King and put down the iconic actor. I don't think this ever lead to anything other than the verbal sparring on TV, but it was a way to get a mainstream actor on Memphis wrestling.

West went on to do plenty of TV and film appearances, including the voice of the mayor on The Family Guy. He's also voicing Batman and Bruce Wayne in a soon to be released Batman vs. Two-Face. I always enjoyed West's work and his willingness to embrace the Batman character through the decades that followed. May he rest in peace.

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