Ahhh the legendary Batman and Robin. Truly there was no greater iteration of the dynamic duo as that played by Burt Ward and Adam West. The over-the-top colours, the mannerisms, the costumes, the bulges. It was an insane affair.
This week, Burt Ward, a.k.a. Robin of TV’s Batman fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In a corresponding interview with Page Six, Ward reminisced on his days in the sun playing Batman’s boy wonder side-kick, and naturally, the topic of bulge sizes just had to come up eventually.
As Ward tells it, the Catholic League of Decency reached out to ABC expressing concerns over Robin’s rather large endowment. “They thought Robin had a very large bulge for television,” he explained. The network eventually asked Ward to take medication that would “shrink me up,” as he says.
“I took them for three days and then I decided that they can probably keep me from having children,” Ward said. “I stopped doing that and I just used my cape to cover it.”
On the opposite side of the spectrum, apparently Adam West also struggled with issues with the size of his bulge. However, when it came to West, the issue was lack of size.
“With Adam they put Turkish towels in his undershorts,” Ward claimed.
Sitting down to discuss his long-time-coming star on the walk of fame, Ward spoke Variety about his days on Batman saying:
“I was just a starry-eyed young guy that had a great time, and I loved playing the role,” says Ward. “’Batman’ was the No. 1 and No. 2 show in the world. It was tremendous, and you just almost can’t conceive how people reacted to our show. This was when television had just recently come in color. Nobody had ever played with an audience like we did. It was just electric, an amazing event in my life.”
Enjoy this collection of clips from the show.