Original Batman Adam West Thinks The Franchise Takes Itself Too Seriously

Some folks sure do get cranky in their old age. Adam West included, as the actor is not immune from letting everyone in sundry know his negative opinion on his beloved Batman character. At least, when it comes to the latest films. NME reports that the 88-year old spoke candidly during New York Comic-Con. With a bit of crass, he offered his thoughts since making the caped crusader his own on television from 1966-68 and in a one-off 1966 flick simply titled, Batman.

The veteran, now working in a voiceover capacity for the Seth McFarlene comedy animation series Family Guy, did not hold back. He made comparisons of what he accomplished to more recent installments. All without naming any people or films specifically.

West Sees Modern Batman's As Overly Dark and Violent

Adam West Batman

Failing to understand that a spoof version of Batman would not translate to a modern audience, and essentially saying that it was better in the good ol' days, West gave his views to the fans of the franchise.

"The new movies, Batman is very full of vengeance and deep-seated angst and so on. They’re very dark." Started West. "Enough violence. Let the costume work for you. And put a little humor into it. I think it’s about time to relieve that all of that kind of attitude of vengeance and 'I can’t take it anymore, I’m going home and I’m going to suck my thumb.'"

We're pretty sure Val Kilmer or George Clooney did not go home to suck their thumb after a battle with Two Face or Mr. Freeze. Let alone Christian Bale against the Joker and Bane. Have you seen American Pyscho?

Ben Affleck's Next Crack Won't Be Taking West's Advice

Christian Bale as Batman

The Batman will offer Ben Affleck the chance to break from the shackles that limited him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We can only wonder if it was perhaps his performance in the 2016 disappointment that West was referring to. Since it has been confirmed that Deathstroke will be the main villain of the piece, the assassin derives from a 1980 comic that was a far cry from the original T.V. series. Going much darker instead of the ol' tongue-in-cheek interpretation.