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Ben Affleck as Batman: Adam West is feeling hopeful

Ben Affleck’s much-debated turn as Batman has been given a vote of confidence by none other than Adam West. The man who embodied the hero on television for years has high hopes for the latest star to suit up in the movie franchise.

“My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he’s a great talent,” 85-year-old West told People during an interview at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday when asked about Affleck’s potential in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. West added, “I’d be very interested in seeing him in the role.”

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West, who played Batman in the TV series from 1966 to 1968, went on to reminisce about his days as the Caped Crusader.

“The best part was just the fun and the laughs when you read the material and you could really feel it coming to life, scene by scene,” he shared. “And I think for an actor, that part of the day when something really comes alive and begins to work.”

“[I’m] really a lucky actor because I was able to be part of something that has that kind of longevity that you talk about. And I think that with each succeeding generation, the kids can watch with their parents or grandparents, and the kids grow up remembering the show well. And they pass it on to their kids.”

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The official @BatmanvSuperman Twitter account shared this message Thursday, which includes a look at the man who has come a long way since Gigli as the beloved hero:

Despite West’s hopes for Affleck as Batman, some fans remain wary. One person noted on the entertainment news site, “Ben Affleck is a great guy, but not edgy enough to play Batman. Christian Bale was the best.”

“I wish people would give him a break,” a separate, more hopeful moviegoer wrote. “I think his Batman will be awesome. Look what he did in Daredevil?? That was good. Who knew Michael Keaton would have made a good Batman. Val Kilmer sucked as Batman so they could be doing a lot worse. Go get em Ben!!”

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