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Together At Last

Don’t Blink! Witness William Shatner and Adam West — Acting Together! [Video]

Back in 1964, before they were TV’s Batman and Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner shared camera time in a failed pilot for ABC called Alexander the Great. It was meant to be a “buddy comedy” set during the Battle of Issus with Shatner in the role of Alexander (the Great) and West as his “compatriot” Cleander. So as not to let one diva outshine the other, the plan was to let each star play the lead in alternating episodes. West says that it was “one of the worst scripts I have ever read and it was one of the worst things I’ve ever done,” and Shatner was “deeply, deeply, horrendously disappointed when this series didn’t sell.” Let us now mourn what could have been.

(Hero Complex via Comics Beat)

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  • SuperZADL

    I would watch the HELL out of that!

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear, I am in awe of your generosity for leaving the quotes off of the word “acting”…

  • IMSH

    Holy Romans Batman! They’re surrounded! Where’s Scotty to beam them up?

  • Angela Fortin

    I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad that this never happened.

  • davidsfp

     . . .and instead the networks bought My Mother The Car . . . .

  • Lonestarr

    But if it became successful then Batman and Star Trek might have never come to be.  Certainly they wouldn’t have had quite the same charm without their leads, at the very least.