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West recalled the morning he was to meet the Pontiff: “I woke up with the worst hangover of my life. I realised that, if I knelt down, I wouldn’t be able to get up again, I was so hung over.” Rather than kneeling he bowed his head.“I made it to the Vatican, and I was at the back of this line of people who each knelt down to kiss his ring. At this point the starstruck Pope cried: “Oh, Signor West.HOLY family viewing, Batman – it turns out the Caped Crusader’s fetching satin pants spent a lot of time on the floor.Adam West, who died on Saturday aged 88, became a TV legend for his camped-up portrayal of the hero in the Sixties.
Heavy drinking even almost ruined a meeting with Pope Paul VI.
In a BBC interview in tribute to his late friend, Ward said: “We were playing it on multiple levels, we were playing with our audience.
“For the kids it was serious hero worship, for the adults it’s the nostalgia, the comic book, and for that very difficult audience at that time to capture, the teenagers and the college kids, it was the insinuations, the double entendres, all the things that nobody had ever done with an audience.” But in 1968, after just three seasons and 120 episodes, Batman was defeated by the most fearsome breed of arch-villains — bean counters.
“I’d have young female co-stars in my dressing room at 7.45 in the morning.” In fact, West did once turn up at what he did describe as an “orgy” in Hollywood with Frank Gorshin, who played Batman baddie The Riddler. We were expelled from the orgy.” Meanwhile trusty Boy Wonder Ward, who is now 71, claimed West was definitely the ringleader when it came to their own adventures.
But they were thrown out for behaving like their TV alter-egos and making everyone laugh. So I immediately went into the Batman character, and Frank went into the Riddler character, because we were getting the big giggles. He recalled decades later: “When I entered Batman as a naive 20-year-old who had only dated a couple of girls, I met Adam West, who immediately introduced me to the wildest sexual debauchery that you can imagine.