Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders might not be the only role reprisal legendary TV actor Adam West has planned. During a panel at Toronto's Fan Expo 2016, West brought up the possibility of Batman's childhood hero, the Gray Ghost, getting his own series.
At the panel, an audience member asked Adam West what his favorite animated character to voice was. Before settling on the Mayor of Quahog, West told the crowd, "It could be the Wise Old Parrot, it could be the Gray Ghost," After a deafening applause by Batfans, West continued. "We may even do a series of the Gray Ghost."
Fans of Batman: The Animated Series will know the Gray Ghost as the superhero a young Bruce Wayne watched on television growing up. In the episode "Beware the Gray Ghost," the actor who played the Ghost on TV 30 years prior (appropriately voiced by Adam West) helps Kevin Conroy's Batman stop a show-related crime spree.
The character remained relatively self-contained to that episode until recently. Both Adam West and the Gray Ghost appeared as adorable figures in 2014's Lego Batman 3. In Batman: Arkham Knight, old movie posters for The Ghost in Gray are adorned all over Oracle's apartment and Batman's Panessa Studios hideout.
The new animated flick Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders may have something to do with West's renewed interest in the Gray Ghost. During the same panel, West's co-star and Boy Wonder Burt Ward told the audience that Caped Crusaders is "a really big difference," from what '60s fans are used to. The film, starring West, Ward, and Julie Newmar, revisits elements not only of their show, but also of key styles and moments in Batman stories that have appeared since. "You put the two together, that's what you're going to see. You're going to be shocked," Ward insists.
Rounding out the discussion of childhood heroes, West shared who he himself looked up to as a child. The 87-year-old actor instantly cited his father as inspiration, before listing off silver screen stars like Gary Cooper. "They just don't make 'em like that anymore. They don't make 'em like you anymore, Burt!"
For the time being, fans' best bet for more news on a Gray Ghost revival is to check out what surprises Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders has planned when it hits shelves on October 11th.
This news is enough to make even the stoic Batman himself sing:
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