Sad news to report as Adam West, best known as the Caped Crusader in the Batman '66 TV series, has died at age 88. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "West... died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said. West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Growing up in the mid-1970s, I would walk to my babysitter's home from school everyday and watch West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo trade fisticuffs with any one of the colorful villains they faced off against daily in Gotham City. My love for the campy version of Batman never stopped and I still throw in a DVD or Blu-ray of the show to enjoy here and there.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,” West's family stated.
West had recently voiced the Bright Knight in the DC animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The direct-to-DVD release reunited West with co-star Burt Ward for a highly entertaining and successful continuation of where the TV series left off in 1968.
My son and I were fortunate enought to have met Mr. West many years ago at Batcon in Plano, TX. I would run into him here and there in passing at Dallas Comic-Con events throughout the years. He did seem to have a great love for his fans and a good sense of humor.
RIP Adam West - You helped pioneered the way for superhero content in movies and in TV.
"Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb!" - Batman '66 The Movie.