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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Holy Heartbreak, Batman Is Dead!

Adam West (1928-2017)

Adam West passed away today at the age of 88.

Forever linked to his iconic portrayal of Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the camp 1960's Batman TV series, the BBC is reporting that he died after a battle with leukaemia - the one truly evil villain he couldn't defeat.

Like many of my generation, especially growing up in the UK rather than Batman's homeland, Adam West's Batman was my first exposure to the caped crusader and I have fond memories of watching the garishly coloured show as a kid.

As I grew up and embraced comic books, the cynical teen in me (I blame the hormones) did a 180 on the show and dismissed it as ephemeral rubbish that didn't understand the true angst of Bruce Wayne and his nighttime crusade against crime.

Thankfully, once I grew up a bit more I embraced the show again, relishing in its camp silliness (and the fact that Batman and Robin took everything so seriously).

I realised that all versions of Batman were valid, and Batman '66 was, in many ways, a work of subversive Bat-genius. Eventually, I came to truly appreciate not only the humour of the cult classic, but the design, the gadgets, and the aesthetic of the entire production.

This isn't an obituary for the great man, there'll be plenty of those elsewhere this weekend, but simply an homage to the man who was my first - and most enduring - Batman.

Others may have worn the suit before and after, but Adam West will always be Batman to me. They are just actors playing a role but West really was Bruce Wayne.

And like any superhero, I'd just assumed he was immortal.

My thoughts are with his nearest and dearest.

Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed! Time to fire up the Blu-Ray player and relish some vintage Bat-West!

Treasured t-shirt that was a 50th birthday present from Simon
By sheer, unfortunate, coincidence, I purchased a HeroClix figure of Adam West
as Bruce Wayne, earlier today. Now it will have an added poignancy.

2 comments:

  1. "And like any superhero, I'd just assumed he was immortal."

    Same here.

    Rest in peace, Mr. West.

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    1. A sad loss, but all his work (not just Batman, of course) will live on to remind us of his deadpan genius.

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