Adam West, Lynda Carter, And Other Superhero Stars Come Out Of Hibernation

Don’t expect him to don the cowl and cape anytime soon, but the “original” Batman, Adam West, recently got behind the wheel of the 1960’s Batmobile in a new episode of Jay Leno’s Garage for CNBC. In the new episode titled “Crime Fighters,” Leno and West take the original Batmobile through a fast food restaurant drive through to get burgers for what Leno calls the “best day ever.” Also in the episode, Leno drives around the Ghostbusters car with Dan Aykroyd.

Batfans will also be glad to hear that rumors of a reuniting of Adam West and Burt Ward, who played the dynamic duo on the Batman TV series from 1966 to 1969, are still buzzing. Last year, West and Ward teased a crowd of fans that the two would be voicing a new 90-minute animated project to be released sometime this year as part of the Batman TV show’s 50th anniversary, but news of the project has been sparse. However, Cinemablend reports that last month, at the Megacon Event in Orlando, Florida, Adam teased more rumors saying:

“Well, I have a gag order… However… No no, me and Burt have been working on a new project that’s just gonna knock your socks off, and believe me, it’s our Batman and Robin!

“However, there’s been no official announcements concerning that particular project, and it’s unclear whether what West is currently talking about is the same project or something entirely different,” states Cinemablend. “Either way, having the old guard together again is intriguing.”

Last year, DC comics produced a retro-fit series of Adam West version of Batman comic series titled Batman ’66. Each issue not only featured the caped crusaders in their former likenesses, but also their arch enemies The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar).

Meanwhile, another former superhero actress, Lynda Carter, announced that she will be joining the cast of Supergirl as the show makes its transition from CBS to the CW this fall. Carter, best known for playing Wonder Woman on TV from 1975 to 1979, will begin playing the role of the president of the United States beginning on the season’s third episode. According to UPI, producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg have tried to get Carter on the program since the show’s first season.

The 64-year-old actress still looks amazing, and fans created a petition for Carter to play a cameo role in the upcoming Wonder Woman standalone film starring Gal Gadot which is coming to theaters in June of next year, but their efforts failed.

Carter isn’t the only former superhero to join the CW show. Dean Cain, former Superman from the ABC TV series, Lois and Clark and Helen Slater, who played the original Supergirl in the 1984 TriStar film, play Melissa Benoist’s version of Supergirl’s adoptive parents.

Carter’s addition comes just weeks after the announcement that Tyler Hoechlin had been cast to play Superman in his cousin’s series. Hoechlin will play Clark Kent aka the man in blue tights and red cape.

“Greg [Berlanti] and I have wanted to work with Tyler for ages, so this worked out perfectly because Tyler is Superman,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. “We are so thrilled and humbled to add another amazing actor to the legacy of this iconic character.”

Season 2 of Supergirl will begin on Monday, October 10, on the CW.

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