Andy. I spoke to Burt on the phone shortly after his SDCC panel in 2018. He told me the story about the poles, and at that time it was the first time I had heard that particular story from him. This is what he said at the time_ August 2018( I believe). Here he states 65- 70 feet. At the star ceremony he told me 85 feet. Here is an excerpt from our conversation.AndyFish wrote: ↑Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:07 amIn an interview at the event Burt claims the bat pole slide was 85 feet off the sound stage with no safety equipment. It’s this type of spouting of nonsense, which started with his book, that accounts for the fact that when Adam earned his star there were several pages of positive responses while with Burt getting one there is almost none. This becomes a sickness for former celebrities, they feel the need to make their stories interesting, or what they consider interesting, then they tell them so many times they start to believe it.
There is ZERO chance Greenway Productions would risk injury to one of the leads because that would lead to shut downs and production delays which cost MONEY.
Jimmy: I really appreciate you taking all this time with me Mr. Ward. but I do have one more question if you do not mind. Before I let you go. On TV we see you slide down the batpoles, you go down to the batcave, But I am wondering the actual set when you slid down, when you move the bookcase and slid down the poles, what was down there? Where you in a hole, were you in a well? How did you get back out?
Burt: Actually there was a double set up. There was the one in Wayne Study, where the door slid open the bookcase slid open we slid down, probably about 7 feet- something like this. You know what i mean 7-8 feet. And then they would give us a ladder to get out. The Bigger one was the actual sliding down the batpole into the batcave were we had to climb up- I only did it once- but believe me, they could never get me to do it again. I had to climb up the inside of a sound stage, and if you see how big a sound stage is, if you look inside a sound stage, they have these old rickety wooden stairs, ok? And these stairs you can see thru each step as you climb higher and higher, and higher. I just don’t understand why they did this, but they had these 2 poles that were about 65 feet tall, maybe 70 feet tall. And we got to a place on a ledge, ok? Where we had to jump to the poles. We couldn’t reach out, we had to jump to the poles. And there was no net. We could have been killed or as Adam would say, “Or worse.” So we both, you know we had our gloves on and our boots, and they told us, “ When you jump to the poles, don’t you dare miss that. You better hold on.” they crafted the inside of our soles, we wrapped around the poles. And the inside of our gloves holding on. As we slid down you kind of have to time it just right, if you hold on too tight, you don’t slid. If you don’t hold on enough you fall. So there is that happy medium. You know what i mean? Of sliding down the pole, which we kind of practiced on smaller poles before we had to do the big one. But, I ve never been so scared. Jumping off, no net, no nothing. It would have curtains for Batman and Robin.