After Batman's cancellation, a movement began to darken the comic books storylines and distance the title from the cheesier aspects of the television show. Witness this cover with a stripped to the waist (and hair-chested) Batman!
The series aired twice a week, with the first half hour setting up the criminals and their crime and containing a cliffhanger ending. The second episode would resolve the cliffhanger and clean up the story. Both airings proved heavily popular.
West continued to lend his distinctive voice to shows like Rugrats, The Critic and Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Occasional stunt casting had him playing either himself (as on Hope & Gloria, Pauly and Murphy Brown) or on sci-fi shows that could make an in-joke out of it such as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He also played himself in the pageant mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous in 1999.
Mayor Adam West: Want some corn? Brian Griffin: Sure. [Brian reaches into the bag, but withdraws when his paw becomes sticky with a viscous substance] Brian Griffin: What kind of corn is this?
Mayor Adam West: Creamed corn, I brought it from home. I don't like the corn they have here, it's too crunchy. -- and -- Peter Griffin: Well how about you just give me your pen? Mayor Adam West: You mean this cheap little pen we have millions of back at the office? Peter Griffin: Yeah. Mayor Adam West: No! (Perhaps you have to hear these with the visuals... Ha!)
Adam West's career did not head into the direction he had originally hoped it would, but in time he came to appreciate the fact that the one, type-casting, career-strangling role that made him a household name also gave him lasting status as a TV and superhero icon. His work as Batman put him in that rare society of fan favorites such as George Reeves (of The Adventures of Superman), Lou Ferrigno (of The Incredible Hulk), Lynda Carter (as Wonder Woman) and others who are forever identified with having embodied a treasured superhero in live-action form. It creates a form of immortality that not all actors achieve.