Burt Ward: Adam [West] and I always got along well

"You just put the two of us together and we don't even have to say a word and people start laughing."

Fans of the dynamic duo may now sleep easy knowing that Batman and Robin were just as much of a team off-screen as they were onscreen.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Burt Ward, best known for playing Robin in the series Batman, spoke about his relationship with former costar Adam West, who played the titular Batman. 

Ward confessed, "A lot of costars, for whatever reason with egos and stuff, didn't get along, but Adam and I always got along well." It's a friendship and chemistry that endured years after the series was canceled. Ward stated, "You just put the two of us together and we don't even have to say a word and people start laughing."

In addition to Ward and West's real-life friendship, Batman's popularity might also be explained because of the mass appeal of the series. Ward stated, "The show appealed to a very broad audience. For kids, it was a hero worship...for the adults, it was the nostalgia of the comic book, and for the teenagers and the college kids it was all those double meanings and insinuations that we used to get yelled at by the censors every week." He concluded, "As a result, when you meet these people it's not casual; you can just feel the intensity and see what is going on inside of them."

He also added that his character was frequently seen as an idol to many of the show's viewers. Ward said, "All the children wanted to be Robin...as a kid looking at Batman, that kid can go look in the mirror and see that he's not 6-4, he's not an adult and he knows that. They saw themselves, it was more realistic in their fantasy type of thing to be Robin."

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texasluva 23 days ago
Always fun to watch some old Batman episodes. Especially when The Joker (Cesar Romero) was around. To show how much fun this person was in everyday life. Below is him on What's My Line in the 1950's. One of the best WML episodes

cperrynaples texasluva 23 days ago
Yeah, he was a lot more than the Joker!
Runeshaper 23 days ago
Adam West and Burt Ward will always the dynamic duo.
Adamtwelvia Runeshaper 23 days ago
I don't care whatvanyone says. THESE are Batman and Robin to me! No one else on Earth (counting the animated movies) will do!
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