Adam West Shares His Thoughts on Ben Affleck as Batman

West, the original Batman, tells PEOPLE Affleck is "a great talent"

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Adam West died on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the age of 88. Below is an interview with West from July 2014 where he opened up about playing Batman and his hopes for Ben Affleck inhabiting the iconic role.

From one Batman to another, Adam West thinks Ben Affleck won’t disappoint in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set to release in 2016.

“My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he’s a great talent,” West, 85, told PEOPLE at Comic-Con on Thursday. “And I’d be very interested in seeing him in the role.”

West, the original masked hero, says the most thrilling part of playing Batman was the energy behind the script.

“The best part was just the fun and the laughs when you read the material, and you could really feel it coming to life, scene by scene,” West says. “And I think for an actor, that part of the day when something really comes alive and begins to work.”
The original Batman also shared his appreciation for landing the role.

“[I’m] really a lucky actor because I was able to be part of something that has that kind of longevity that you talk about,” he says. “And I think that with each succeeding generation, the kids can watch with their parents or grandparents, and the kids grow up remembering the show well. And they pass it on to their kids.”

While Affleck, 41, continues to film in Detroit, DC Comics released a close-up shot of the brooding Batman in the famous black mask at Comic-Con on Thursday.

PHOTO: See Ben Affleck as Batman at Comic-Con

And when it comes to pulling off the tight-fitting superhero suit?

Says West: “Just make the costume works for you, Ben.”

Reporting by SCOTT HUVER

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