Batman is back. And I’m not talking about the upcoming Justice League movie where Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader will have a mood as dark as his cowl (why so serious?) The best incarnation of Batman was and always will be, especially for those who grew up watching the original (or repeats), Adam West’s pompous yet ridiculous, debonair yet camp crimefighter.
But Batman would only be half as dynamic without the other half of the duo: Dick Grayson aka Robin aka actor Burt Ward. Forget method acting, Ward is Robin.
He explains: “When I was hired back in July of 1965 the executive producer, William Dozier, said, ‘Burt, we interviewed 1,100 young actors for this role and we chose you. Would you like to know why?’ I said, ‘Yes sir, I would.’ He said, ‘Because in our mind, if there really was a Robin – I mean for real – you, Burt, would be him. We don’t want you to act, we want you to be yourself.’”
When was the last time he wore tights? “I only wear the costume on two occasions: Halloween when I go trick or treating, and for very private moments with my wife.”
I only wear the costume for Halloween, and very private moments with my wife
Did he wear it this Halloween? “Of course! How can you go trick or treating without a costume?” the now 72-year-old asks incredulously.