Before there was Michael Keaton and Christian Bale, there was Adam West, the man who donned Batman’s cape and mask and prowled the street of Gotham City in the late ’60s, doing battle with fearsome villains and impossibly hokey special effects.
West sadly died of leukemia at the age of 88 last week.
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As fans of the show will recall, when Gotham City’s Police Department needed help, they turned on the Bat-Signal and waited for the Caped Crusader to swoop in and save the day.
The beloved actor enjoyed a new wave of fandom thanks to roles as Mayor West on Family Guy and guest spots on shows like The Big Bang Theory.
Last night, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by West’s co-stars Burt Ward, who played Robin, and Lee Meriweather, who played Catwoman, in a touching tribute that ended with the Bat-Signal going up one last time.
Around the world, fans were inspired to join in the tribute with the hashtag #brightknight.
Rest in peace, Mr. West, we hope you’re dancing the Batusi up above.
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