Released earlier this year, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is the most recent movie version of the Caped Crusader. One of the film’s highlights is Robert Pattinson’s ultra-emo take on the World’s Greatest Detective, which shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. But I think we all know that the world’s greatest Batman performance came from one Adam West, who portrayed the superhero in the ultra-campy Batman TV series and movie from the late ’60s.
The obvious question then becomes, what if Adam West had starred in The Batman? Sadly, West died in 2017, but the folks at Corridor Crew (who produce popular reaction video series like “Stuntmen React”) didn’t let that stop them. Using advanced video editing software, Corridor Crew spent a week taking footage from the 1966 Batman movie and compositing it into The Batman’s trailer, with decent-looking — and hilarious — results. (If you want to skip the behind-the-scenes footage and go directly to the trailer, it begins at the 18:26 mark.)
My favorite moments in the new Adam West-ified Batman trailer are the visualized “Pow,” “Zok,” and “Zap” sound effects, and Batman dancing his way through a hail of gunfire. In addition to West’s Batman, Burgess Meredith’s Penguin and Frank Gorshin’s Riddler also make appearances in the updated trailer, which received an enthusiastic response from Reeves.
This isn’t the first time that Corridor Crew has answered important movie-related questions. Last April, they addressed this doozy: What would Superman look like with a mustache?