Move Over Jason Derulo! 'Batman' Star Claims Network Ordered Package-Shrinking Pills!

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday January 13, 2020

The 1960s camp-fest that was the twice-weekly TV series "Batman" might be five decades in the past, but some legends never die; they just cast a longer shadow.

A fresh tidbit has emerged regarding the show's early days, with co-star Burt Ward - who, at age 20, played Batman's sidekick Robin - telling Page Six that ABC, the network that aired the superhero series, ordered him to turn his "anaconda" into something more along the lines of an earthworm, lest viewers be outraged - or enraged - by the prominent bulge in his tights.

In the article, Ward recalls how he dropped out of university to accept the acting gig, to the disappointment of one of his professors, who took note of the actor's high intelligence.

Smart, handsome, and radiating all-American wholesomeness, Ward was the whole package... evidently, from what he recalled in his comments, a little too much so.

Reports Page Six:

The Caped Crusaders costumes were bright and tight-fitting, to say the least, so snug that Ward incurred the wrath of the Catholic League of Decency.

Holy trouser trouble!

ABC's response, Ward claims, was to instruct him to start taking medication that would "shrink me up." Meantime, however, co-star Adam West, who played Batman, was evidently expected to pursue a meatier onscreen presence: "With Adam, they put Turkish towels in his undershorts," Ward recollected.

The young actor stuck to his regimen of shrivel medication for only a few days before becoming concerned that the pills might interfere with his ability to have children later on. So, he related, "I stopped doing that, and I just used my cape to cover it."

The series ran three seasons, from 1966 - 1968, totaling 120 episodes.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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