Thursday, June 15, 2017

Playing in Light City: Adam West's Batman

I kind of feel like this is a bit self-serving as a "tribute" to Adam West...but since Light City currently occupies as much of my idle brainspace as anything else, I guess it seems appropriate to stat his Batman up here.  It's even more fitting, I think, due to the fact that (obviously) I keep thinking about how a Batman-style character would fit into the Light City archetypes.  Considering that he's good at...well, pretty much everything, do you focus on the martial prowess?  The Bat-gadgets?  The detective skills?  The psychological presence?

Basically, I kept wondering if it would be anywhere near appropriate to put Batman in the Brawler class, and the idea I kept coming back to that made me think that could work was the 60s TV show...

That show really demonstrated that Batman's crimefighting best often meant letting his fists do the talking, and when it wasn't his fists, he was usually improvising with his surroundings.

Now, the Bat-gadgets and other Bat-goods are also clearly a trademark of the old show...but I don't think I'm doing too much of a disservice to Mr. West's Batman to make him a good old Brawler.  Pow! Bam! Biff! indeed...!


Image snagged from an article very much worth reading over at ComicsAlliance.
Level 7 Brawler
First appearance:  Batman (TV series) Episode 1 (1966)
STR 16     DEX 13     CON 12     INT 18     WIS 18     CHA 16
7 HD (25 HP)     Saving Throw 8
AC 8[11] (Bat-suit)
Attacks:  3x Unarmed Strikes, +8 to hit, 1d6+1 damage; Batarang, range 60 ft., +7 to hit, 1d6+1 damage; Special Improvisation 1x/day.


While I ultimately couldn't forsake the Batarang as Batman's signature item, I will admit that I almost went in a slightly different direction.  Perhaps it would have been fitting in remembering the Batman that Mr. West gave us...

By the artist known as CornFedCannibal.  Click here for the story of this amazing image...!


  1. This is a cool tribute my friend. Even though he wasn't in the series it makes me think Ace the Bathound needs stats.

    1. Thank you! And you are correct about Ace! (With the influence of the Batman TV series over the decades...from the New Adventures to GMo's work to the Brave and the Bold cartoon...things like Ace and Bat-Mite and the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh all sort of fit into a specific Batman milieu for me.)