Last week, Adam West, 88, passed away after a brief battle with leukemia. Adam West was best known for his role as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Superhero ‘Batman’. Batman was introduced to the world over 51 years ago, in 1966.
This past week, Los Angeles honored Adam West, the caped-crusader, with the most fitting memorial and tribute, one could ever ask for.
A special celebration was held outside Los Angeles’ City Hall. Thousands turned out to honor Adam West and pay tribute to his memory on June 15th with the perfect gift – a Bat-signal.
Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles along with Charlie Beck, the Los Angeles Police Chief did the honors of lighting up the side of City Hall with the Bat-signal.
As soon as they flipped the switch, thousands on hand went wild with cheers for the late Adam West. It was a very emotional night not only for the fans, but also for the other cast members.
Cast members like Robin and Cat Woman also paid their respects.
Fans were encouraged to donate to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, family asked fans to donate to Camp Rainbow Gold, a camp for children battling cancer.
Adam West started his career acting in commercials like Nestle’s Quik chocolate powder ads and as Captain Q in a James Bond parody. While doing the commercials, he impressed TV producer William Dozier, who happened to be looking for someone to play ‘Batman’.
The TV series ‘Batman’ ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968. The show aired on two different days, both 30-minute episodes. On Wednesday nights with a cliff-hanger, and then the second show or part on Thursdays.
The Bat-signal was used whenever the Gotham City Police needed to summon their superhero.
In an interview with Esquire magazine on the first night that ‘Batman’ premiered, West said he stopped by the supermarket to grab some food. While in line he said,
“As I walked through the checkout line, I heard people saying, ‘Come on! Come on! Hurry up! ‘BATMAN’ is coming on!”….after that he knew he would no longer have a ‘hidden identity’ or be anonymous.
Of course, after the days of ‘Batman’ Adam West did some voice work for animated series on ‘The Fairly Odd Parents’ and ‘Family Guy’.
Later West also made public service announcements and even gave personal appearances.
Although the actors and styles of ‘Batman’ have changed over the years, fans will always remember Adam West, as the original ‘caped-crusader’ who always led his side-kick, Robin, to the Batcave.
Adam West once even commented on the shift of style and the saying that the the new versions,
“are grim, Gothic, full of explosions, mayhem. It’s the way of things, I suppose; the whole world seems darker.”
Adam West considered himself the ‘bright knight’. So on June 15th, Los Angeles lit up City Hall with a ‘bright light’ – the ‘Bat-signal’, as thousands paid their respect for Adam West, one last time.