The world of Batman suffered a tragic loss with the passing of Adam West, but Adam’s longtime costar Burt Ward is teasing that fans may not have heard the last of the Bright Knight in the role of Bruce Wayne just yet.
Best known for playing Batman, West’s 51-year career as the Caped Crusader took him from the campy TV series to his own movie, and more recently, animated Batman features. While West went on to have other roles during his life, the role of Batman is one that always stayed with him. Bat-fans feared that the animated film Batman vs. Two-Face would be the last time that they could hear West voice the Caped Crusader, but Ward suggests that West may yet return to Gotham City in animated form.
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Speaking to Digital Spy, Ward remained coy on how “final” West’s outing really is:
“I don’t know about that. I don’t know about that, but I’m not going to say any more. All I know is I’m not allowed to talk about it. So I’m just saying factually that your statement would not necessarily be correct.”
When pushed on what Ward meant by his comments, he went on to allude that Warner Bros. could be planning a sequel to Batman vs. Two-Face, or possibly another installment where Batman faces another rogue from his gallery:
“I don’t know what they’re going to do in the future. It all depends on how, from a business standard, the movie does. But I will tell you this: Warner Bros knows exactly what they’re doing. If Warner Bros decides to make another one, or more, who knows what the future holds?”
Batman vs. Two-Face is the sequel to 2016’s Return of the Caped Crusaders and features Star Trek alumni William Shatner in a villainous turn as Harvey Dent. It appears that the movie’s sales will ultimately decide if Warner Bros. tackles another ’60s Batman-style animated film. Given the advances in filmmaking tech over the years, death isn’t necessarily the end for some actors, and it would be fairly easy to resurrect West in animated form. West may well have agreed to voice replication or the use of his likeness before his death.
As for Batman in animation, the cartoon versions of the Caped Crusader have often fared much better than his live-action counterparts. Given the acclaimed praise of Batman: The Animated Series from the ’90s, and other entries like Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman: Gotham Knight, there is clearly a market for cartoon Batman adventures. As long as Batman vs. Two-Face doesn’t prompt the controversial reception of Batman: The Killing Joke, it looks like Ward and co. may settle in for at least one more “final” foray for Adam West’s legendary turn as Batman.
Source: Digital Spy