Are these anecdotes from Adam West's autobiography, or did we make them up?

By: H&I Staff     Posted: May 8, 2023, 10:13AM

On the back cover of his autobiography, Adam West writes the following:

"Fans never simply want to shake my hand or get my autograph. They want to talk about what Batman meant to them... For better or worse, richer or poorer, I'm married to the cape." 

For an entire generation of Bat-fans, West is the Caped Crusader. So it's no surprise that he named his autobiography Back to the Batcave, filling the pages with stories from behind the cowl as the World's Greatest Detective. 

How much do you know about West's time as Batman? Can you tell his real-life stories from the ones we made up? 

  1. Adam West was allergic to lycra, which created awful itching problems in his tights.
  2. The crew once used real dynamite to have Batman burst into the Riddler's subway lair.
  3. In research, West took inspiration from The Scarlet Pimpernel.
  4. West details scrapped plans for an Abbott and Costello Meet Batman movie.
  5. On the first day of shooting, a fire erupted on the set of Batman.
  6. He was such a fan that Lyndon B. Johnson stopped by the set and bought West and Ward lunch.
  7. During test screenings "Batman" had the worst score in the history of pilot testing.
  8. Adam West requested a teleprompter for a lot of Batman's more scientific dialogue.
  9. Adam West is his real name and stage name.
  10. There were no safety measures taken when Batman and Robin slid down the poles in the Batcave.
Are these anecdotes from Adam West's autobiography, or did we make them up?

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