Adam West, best known for having starred in the 1960s Batman TV show as Bruce Wayne/Batman, has died at the age of 88. His family confirms that the actor was suffering from leukemia and that’s what he died. West was in Los Angeles at the time of his death and leaves behind his wife Marcelle, their six children and a plethora of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Adam West had a long career, which included appearances on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy. The actor also appeared on NBC’s Powerless, Robot Chicken, and The Fairly OddParents. West continued being a part of the DC universe that allowed him his rise to fame, which included him being the voice of Batman in the animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
A spokesperson for Adam West had this to say after his passing:
“A true American icon and beloved father and husband, he will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and millions of fans around the world.”
West’s family also released a statement:
“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.”
This is sad news, but Adam West will always be remembered at his best and as one of the first to don the caped crusader’s suit in live-action.
Every DC Comics Film, Ranked From Worst To Best
The film legacy of DC Comics should never be understated, even as the maturing superhero genre continues to follow more diverse paths of success through comic book characters beyond DC’s iconic catalogue.
But not all DC movies are created equal, and there’s merit to reflecting on how these films measure up against one another as the DC Extended Universe approaches its fifth movie in the form of Justice League (and the crowd said, finally). This list attempts to do just that by holding every live-action DC movie released in theaters to a consistent set of worthwhile standards, including the quality of the film itself, the onscreen performances, cultural relevance (both within and outside of box office considerations), overall impact, contributions to the genre at large, and originality.
Put more simply, a movie on this list won’t trump another on ticket sales, alone (or at all). But perhaps you’ll find an experimental DC film getting the leg up over another that is slightly more formulaic and unremarkable, despite being remembered fondly.
For obvious reasons, it’s perfectly alright to disagree with this list, but keep in mind that expecting it to coincide with your personal opinions and observations will only leave you disappointed. That said, be sure to offer your own arguments and lists in the comments for others to weigh their opinions against, because…well, why not?
Let’s start with the worst of the DC films (not an easy task). Hit Next to continue.