There’s a place in the universe for the gravelly, somber Ben Affleck Batman of Justice League, but it sure wasn’t at the Hollywood Museum on Wednesday night. The Art Deco landmark at Hollywood and Highland opens the first-ever exhibition on the 1960s Batman TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward today.
Ward, who now runs a dog rescue, dropped by for a preview party, joined by actress Lee Meriwether, who played Catwoman in the first Batman movie, an assortment of special guest villains, and a gaggle of playful TV stars of the last five decades. Everywhere you turned was some smiling face from Happy Days or Little House on the Prairie or Growing Pains. Ah, Hollywood!
The museum holds more than 10,000 artifacts from the silent era to the latest releases but managed to cram in hundreds more for this special Bat-tribute curated by voice actor Wally Wingert. Cases were packed with action figures, lunch boxes, puppets, games, and a runway’s worth of eye-popping original and replica costumes. “The costumes have the same sheen and color and richness of the very day we filmed,” Ward told reporters swarming him. “That’s what makes it so special. The work and the love that people have put into this exhibit.”
Adam West, who passed away in June, voiced the caped crusader alongside Ward as Robin and Julie Newmar as Catwoman one last time for the animated film Batman vs. Two Face, released late last year. Rotten Tomatoes scores it at 100 percent, 73 points higher than $250 million Batman v Superman. Go into the light and enjoy the go-go Pop Art colorful world of Batman ’66.
Batman ’66, the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; through April 8.
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