DC Comics is set to release a series of graphic novels that bring back the Batman of the 1960s TV series. The series Batman '66 is written by Jeff Parker, with the first issue drawn by Jonathan Case. Joey Esposito talked to Parker, who wasn't even born when the series first ran, about the appeal of the Adam West Batman.
Parker: It really hit some mood right at the time. It’s weird, because if you go back and watch it and take it in the context of the ‘60s, it’s very lighthearted, and yet it’s strangely inclusive of a lot of stuff. I don’t know. I think probably at that point in the ‘60s, everyone really needed some sort of a bright spot. Then it comes along like Star Trek: bright colors, big concepts, just completely over-the-top. When you’re a kid -- bam! -- you take it completely seriously, and you lock onto it, or at least I did.
I wasn’t around when it first came out, but the reruns. It’s funny, I’ve shown it to my kids, and they sit down and enjoy it. It’s oddly timeless. You can just keep putting it in front of another generation, and they go right for it. I’m not sure you can say what all is great about it. You can only say, “Well, it wouldn’t have these things,” and try to keep those elements out, whatever they are.