June 9 2017, Fans from all over the world were shocked with news of death of Adam West (88 Years old) . Our first TV Batman. Today Batman is one of the most popular super heroes on the Globe, but back in the 60’s where only comic book fans knew Batman, it was Adam West who made the character reach every household in the World. Now that fans are mourning his death let us take a look back at his lustrous career.
Adam West born on September 19, 1928 started his acting career on a children’s show called El Kini Popo Show. He later went on to do few more minor roles, but it was Batman that kick started his career and launched him into Stardom. Making a Batman show and making it successful in an age with no VFX / CGI , no pyrotechnics is a daunting task unimaginable if tried today, West’s Batman though came as the best solution.
Comic Book fans see Batman as a badass superhero but at times will crack jokes with no emotion on his face. West however brought the silly side out of Batman which was desperately needed at the time. The show was a perfect blend of humor and seriousness. The costume might look outrageous when compared to what we have today, but to make it work and entertain people all over the world is something that West must be given credit for.
Post Batman he worked as a Voice Actor and guest starred in several movies and TV shows. He even made a return to Batman in 2016 as he voice acted Batman in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. He also guest starred in an Episode of Big Bang Theory Season 9 Episode 17.
He is survived by his wife (third wife) Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was battling leukemia and eventually gave out to it on June 9 in Los Angeles in the presence of his family members.
DC honored him by naming him in the company’s 50th-anniversary publication FIFTY WHO MADE DC GREAT. Today Batman is insanely popular, but this couldn’t have been possible without Adam West and his brilliant and unique portrayal of Batman. May his soul Rest in peace. He might be gone but will never ever be forgotten.