‘Batman’ Star Adam West Honored With Bat-Signal Display In Los Angeles

Adam West BatmanLast night, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck were joined by numerous fans and actor Burt Ward to honor the memory of Adam West, the man best known for playing Batman in the iconic 1960s live-action series that aired on ABC.

As you can see in the video and pictures below, Garcetti switched on the Bat-Signal as fans — some in costume — watched, projecting the giant logo onto City Hall.

Garcetti then spoke a few words and compared West’s Caped Crusader to the actors that stepped into the cape and cowl after him:

“They’ve all had their time in the cape and the cowl but did anyone have more fun than Adam West? There will never be a Batman like Adam West – and there will never be another Adam West.”

Ward, who played Robin opposite West’s Batman for a total of 120 episodes, added:

“I’m here to tell you that my friend Adam would want every single one of you to be incredibly happy and to be joyous. Because he spent his entire life as a performer making people happy, making them laugh and trying to make this world a better place.”

West passed away on Friday, June 9, following a short battle with leukemia, according to a family spokesperson. He was 88.

Source: The Guardian

The Top 7 Greatest Batman Vs Joker Stories

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Batman vs. the jokerOf 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.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.