This Thursday, June 15, the night sky above Los Angeles will be lit by one of the most famous signals in history in tribute to one of the most famous Batmans in history. The bat-signal will shine bright in honor of the late Adam West, the man who played the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series, Batman. West passed away at the age of 88 this past Saturday.
In honor of the actor and all he did in and out of the cape, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck will do the honors and send up a tribute to the man who introduced many to the Dark Knight.
The event is open to the public and will be held at 9 p.m. at City Hall, located at 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. For fans who can’t attend, West’s family encourages people to donate to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations can also be made to Camp Rainbow Gold, an Idaho-based charity for children battling cancer.
Fans and celebrities alike have been remembering West over the past couple days, with Batman co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar remembering the kind of man Adam West was. Other actors who have also donned the cape and cowl have spoken out about West’s impact. In addition, DC Entertainment released an official statement about the loss.
Batman fans far and wide have joined together in mourning over West’s passing across social media and in person, and for those who are able to make it downtown L.A. tomorrow night, they’ll be able to witness the bat-signal shine bright one last time for the man who brought heart and light to the iconic character. As West’s Batman said, “There’s not a moment to lose.”
The Top 7 Greatest Batman Vs Joker Stories
Of all the comic book hero/villain relationships, there are none quite as fascinating as Batman and the Joker. Order vs. Chaos. Seemingly opposite in nature, but more similar than you might believe. One of them insane while the other borders on insanity, some might argue. All Batman might need to take is one step in the wrong direction to become just like the Joker. Just a little push.
No one gets under the Dark Knight’s skin like the Joker, and vice versa. Joker has taunted Batman by challenging the nature of his existence, by brutally attacking his allies, sometimes even killing them. Batman meanwhile, frustrates Joker endlessly by refusing to give in to Joker’s temptation to kill him. In spite of this, Joker has a certain admiration for the Dark Knight. Depending on the interpretation, some might even call it love.
Over the years, a number of excellent writers have done their version of the Batman and Joker relationship. Whether in the comics, the television shows, or the movies, each medium has allowed a creator to leave their mark on this age-old battle. In the great Batman/Joker stories, the conflict between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime is never just physical. It’s always philosophical, psychological and existential. Without one, we have to wonder whether the other would exist at all.
Click next to learn more about the greatest stories featuring the two characters.