Adam West 1928-2017

Adam West, who popularized Batman in the late 1960s as the caped crusader on the classic ABC television series died on June 9, 2017 after battling leukemia. He was 88 years old.

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His contribution to the popularity of the character is undeniable. Without it, we may not have seen such a drastic departure to a darker tone in the 1970s, and much later, in the 1980s, as that was a response to the popularity of West’s campy portrayal. West continued to reprise his role over the years, including providing the voice for the character in animation numerous times, including in the Super Friends television series.

Despite many actors taking the role in various film and television features, thanks to syndication, his name will be forever linked to Batman. This reputation cemented his role as a pop culture icon and gave him a career that lasted into his 80s, especially voice-over work in a number of animated series important to a generation not yet born when he portrayed Batman.

Farewell, Caped Crusader. May you rest well and never be forgotten.

photo by Alan Light [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons