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Plenty of actors have played different versions of Batman over the years, and perhaps none is so iconic as Adam West for his performance as the Caped Crusader back in the 1960s. His version of Batman is one who loved puns, solved crimes in the daylight, and was even known to dance a silly dance or two in his Batsuit. Now he's officially slated to return to the world of DC Comics TV with a guest star role on NBC's Powerless.
Adam West will play Dean West, who is the chairman of Wayne Industries. After Gotham City is attacked yet again, Wayne Industries is forced to make some budget cuts. EW reports that West will drop by Charm City to tell Van and Emily that some sacrifices will have to be made for the good of the company. It should be fun to see a former Batman interacting with Bruce Wayne's cousin at a company that builds gadgets for a world filled with superheroes. Given how sly Powerless has become at including Easter eggs, we can bet that the episode will sneak in references to West's time in the cape and the cowl.
This appearance won't be the first time that Adam West has contributed to Powerless. Back before the show even premiered, he narrated a commercial for Wayne Security that combined classic comic panels with footage from the new show. Even if West hadn't gotten a credit in the ad, there would have been no mistaking his distinctive delivery of comic book-esque lines. Take a look!
Most of Adam West's work over the past several years has involved voice performances rather than live action. He even managed to revisit the role of Batman in the animated feature film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, which also featured the voices of Burt Ward as Robin and Julie Newman as Catwoman. West has actually played himself in the majority of his live action projects, which have included hilarious appearances on 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory. I only wish we could count on a cameo from Burt Ward as Dean West's associate on Powerless. I'd be on board for West to have an executive assistant who chimes in with "Holy corporate layoffs, Dean!" at key moments.
We don't know just yet when Adam West's episode of Powerless will air. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in superhero TV news, and don't forget to check out NBC on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET to catch new episodes of Powerless. The ratings haven't been phenomenal in Season 1 so far, so the time is really now to check it out. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule and our 2017 Netflix TV premiere schedule to see all your other superhero viewing options on the small screen.