TV Batman And Legend Adam West Has Passed Away At 88

Beloved actor Adam West has died aged 88. He passed away on Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with Leukaemia.

Best known for his role as Batman in the popular ABC television show which ran from 1966 to 1968, achieving global fame for his portrayal as the caped crusader. The quirky campy show with bright colours and on screen captions of “Wham! And Pow!” has gained cult status over the years and generations of children grew up on televised repeats of the show.

In a 2006 interview, Adam West said that he was immediately drawn to role when he read the pilot script and found the mixture of absurdity and action hard to resist. West explained his portrayal by saying “You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange”.

After the shows cancellation West was unfortunately typecast as Batman and subsequently found it hard to get other roles, although he did go on to appear in nearly 50 films and various Television shows during his seven decade career.

In a candid interview with West about what the character of Batman had come to mean to him over the last five decades West said, “Money. Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman. There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking onto the screen. So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to re-engage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy. I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it.”

His family released a statement after his death saying how their dad saw himself as The Bright Knight, aspiring to make a positive impact on his fans lives. He was and always will be our hero.