One of the most beloved actors to ever play a superhero on the small screen was Adam West for his portrayal of Batman in the 1960s. Sadly, West passed away earlier this summer after a battle with leukemia. Many of those who worked with West over the years have come out to share stories about him, and The Big Bang Theory executive producer Bill Prady has a fabulous story. During an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, Prady had this to say about Adam West on The Big Bang Theory:
I have a really good Adam West story. So he was on our 200th episode and after our table read, he called me over. He had some questions about the script and he had a line in the script where he told Leonard and Koothrappali, 'Don't ring my doorbell or my poodles will go crazy.' Adam said to me, 'Do you think I could have a tougher dog, like a Rottweiler?' And I said, 'Well, Mr. West, you could, but I don't think it's as funny.' And he said, 'Well, I have poodles in real life, so I guess it's fine.'
Adam West played a fictionalized version of Adam West -- as he did with surprising frequency -- in his appearance in the big milestone 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory, and he evidently had notes on the script when he first read it. In the episode, called "The Celebration Experimentation," Leonard and his pals convince Adam West to attend Sheldon's birthday party. West agrees, but he asks Leonard not to ring the doorbell, lest his pet poodles go nuts from the sound. If Adam West has originally had his way, it might have been a Rottweiler or two who risked going crazy.
It seems that Adam West's real-life poodle pets are what reconciled him to his fictionalized self also owning poodles. I have to agree with Bill Prady on this one. The image of Adam West being smothered by poodles when he returns home is adorable. I'm glad West decided to go along with the original script.
All things considered, Adam West's guest shot on The Big Bang Theory has to go down as one of his funniest TV appearances in recent years. He was never one to hold back when it came to fictionalized versions of himself, and his ranking of the Batmen in "The Celebration Experimentation" was pretty hilarious. Naturally, he ranked himself first, but there were a couple of surprises. Christian Bale's version of Batman was second to last for West, only coming in ahead of George Clooney. Lego Batman managed to even outrank Bale and Clooney. Who would have guessed?