Batman has an extensive history. Long before Christopher Nolan reimagined Batman as a gritty, conflicted crime fighter, we had the endearingly goofy '60s Batman TV show starring Adam West. In stark contrast to The Dark Knight, Batman was kid-friendly and mother-approved. The series was colorful and campy, and West's Batman was about as silly a depiction as we'll ever see.
Despite all the glitz and glamour of starring in a popular TV show, in many ways, West led a chaotic life. Though his Batman was utterly wholesome, West as a person was an incredibly sexual being, immersing himself in party culture. The contrast is evident enough to leave any West fan baffled.
He Divorced Twice Before Becoming Batman
West was 37 when he landed the role of Batman, and he already had two divorces. When the show began shooting, he was single for four years. West was ready to move past the mistakes of his failed marriages and enjoy his celebrity status. Some have suggested this made West a better Batman, especially since the character also never married. Moreover, Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne, was something of a ladies' man. If you're going to method act, there are worse roles out there.
West did ultimately marry a third time; a couple of years after the show ended, he wed Marcelle Tagand Lear in 1970. The third time was the charm, as they remained married until West's death in 2017.
Other Women Would Bang On The Windows While West Was Fooling Around
Allegedly, the stream of women to and from Adam West and Burt Ward's respective dressing rooms was so constant, a line would form. According to Ward, "We often found that women were banging on our windows while we were bedded down with other women."
According To West, 'It Was The Swinging '60s With Free Love, And Women Threw Themselves At Us'
West's popularity peaked at the perfect time. The 1960s in America exuded a strong cultural emphasis on "free love." West was a man who knew this cultural climate well. During an interview, West once said he and his co-star, Burt Ward, “were like kids in a candy store. It was the Swinging '60s with free love, and women threw themselves at us."
His Co-Star Made Lots Of Outlandish Accusations
Ward and West had something of a falling-out after the show concluded. They still made appearances together in costume, but by the end of the show's run, they were barely speaking. Ward's memoir hinted at his animosity toward West. According to The Independent:
Boy Wonder, published in 1995, accuses Adam West of practically every failing known to man: drunkenness, lechery, greed, and self-love; West is also portrayed as a poor tipper secretly troubled by the allegedly modest dimensions of his penis. Ward, meanwhile, refers to his manhood as "the monster" and "the beast in the bat trunks."
In 2005, West said of Ward's claims, "It was apparent to me... that Burt fell victim to making up stories to sell books. But in a way, it was flattering, because he made me sound like King Kong."