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‘Batman’: Boy Wonder Burt Ward Once Recalled Adam West Introducing Him to ‘Debauchery’

‘Batman’: Boy Wonder Burt Ward Once Recalled Adam West Introducing Him to ‘Debauchery’

Holy Caligula, Batman! Burt Ward, who played Robin alongside Adam West’s Batman, once recounted some major bat-debauchery. The 60s TV series was a cultural phenomenon, known for its colorful action, camp humor, and celebrity guest stars. In 1965, Burt Ward landed the role of Robin after just one audition, partnering with Adam West’s Batman.

However, Ward, only 20 years old at the time, admitted to being green in the ways Hollywood partying. “You must understand I never smoked, drank, or did drugs so I never went to a bar in my entire life,” he told Page Six in 2020. “I was a straight-A student at UCLA. In fact, the Dean at UCLA was upset with me when I left in my third year to do Robin because she said I should have been a nuclear physicist.”

Still, it only took one man to push Ward over the edge into activities that turned him into a regular Californian Cassanova.

In a 1995 interview on Montreal’s CJAD 800 AM, Ward discussed his new book and revealed Batman’s negative influence. “When I entered Batman as a naive 20-year-old who had only dated a couple of girls, I met Adam West,” he explained at the time via MeTv. “[West] immediately introduced me to the wildest debauchery that you can imagine. Within a few months, we were like two hungry sharks in a world of unlimited halibut.”

Burt Ward, Adam West and Julie Newmar at Comic-Con International in 2014 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Burt Ward Didn’t Regret the Debauchery Adam West Introduced Him to on ‘Batman’

That said, Burt Ward admitted that he didn’t regret the debauchery his Batman costar Adam West ushered in. “How can you? I mean, we’re talking about some of the wildest things you can imagine. Things that were absolutely kept from the public.”

“In my book, Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights, everything I have in there is only the material and the things that people would most likely never have found out about. Everything that was regular and average I left out because people already know about it.”

However, the wild times had their expiration date. Ward finally decided to adult properly in his later years. “Only in the last five years did I find what I call holy maturity, finding that balance, finding the right person in my life so that I could live a normal life.”