Adam West is up for making a “Big Bang.”
The iconic “Batman” of 1960s television was asked last weekend — during a joint appearance with William Shatner at Salt Lake City’s Comic-Con — whether they’d consider doing guest shots with the superhero-obsessed characters of the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” which starts its seventh season Thursday, Sept. 26.
Shatner seemed more enthused by the prospect than West, whose response at the time was, “Maybe.” In fact, the actor who was the Caped Crusader from 1966-68 on ABC (and also in a 1966 movie spinoff) confirms he would very much welcome a stint with Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and the rest of the “Big Bang” gang.
“My agent has called for a year,” West tells Zap2it, “and has said, ‘Do you want to do “Big Bang?” Do you want to do “Hot in Cleveland?” I think it would be nice, but — and this is reasonably accurate — I’ve been very busy, so to go into Hollywood and do those things just hasn’t been very convenient.”‘
West maintains homes in both Idaho and California, but he says distance isn’t an issue: “I can travel quickly. I’d love to do the shows, because for the kinds of comedy they do, they’re unusual and they’re very good.”
West talks Batman as one of the interviewees in the new, three-hour PBS documentary “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle” Tuesday, Oct. 15. One of the points he makes in it is how the popularity of his “Batman” series helped boost sales of Batman comics, so he knows he’d be on safe turf with “The Big Bang Theory.”
“They could find me standing in a comic-book store, reading about myself,” West muses. “I could be mumbling things like, ‘This is so exciting!’ It couldn’t help but work. Let’s do it!”