On Saturday the world lost an icon when Adam West passed at age 88 following a battle with Leukemia. Since then, fans and co-stars alike have been sharing remembrances of the actor from his time playing Batman and beyond.
Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy is adding his name to that list. Conroy posted a photo to Facebook of himself with West.
“Adam West has passed,” Conroy wrote. “The Batman of my childhood. He brought us so much entertainment and was a truly class act. We'll miss
Conroy and West did get to work together on an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. The episode titled “Beware the Gray Ghost” cast West as the star of Bruce Wayne’s favorite childhood adventure series. The Gray Ghost’s mannerisms and adventures closely resembled that of West’s Batman.
For many fans, Kevin Conroy is “their” Batman. He voiced the Dark Knight in the still popular Batman: The Animated Series, which was released during the formative years of the modern geek generation, as well as several other animated series, movies, and video games.
Both “Beware the Gray Ghost” and Conroy’s message serve to remind fans that Adam West was their
West is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The family put a statement saying, “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."
West became an icon by playing the Caped Crusader on ABC's Batman television show, which became a surprise hit when it premiered in 1966. West's Batman is known for its campy humor and though the character has taken a darker and more serious tone over the decades, the television series remains a fan favorite.
West celebrated the 50th anniversary of Batman with a guest appearance on the 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory. West reprised his role as the Dark Knight by voicing Batman, alongside his co-star Burt Ward as Robin, the 2016 animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
West's interpretation of Batman also heavily inspired the Batman animated series The Brave and the Bold, which featured a bright and humorous Batman. West had a guest role on the series as Batman's father, Thomas Wayne, in the episode titled "Chill of the Night!"
The Batman television series's popularity has fluctuated over the years. The stylized, kitschy take on Batman has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years as Warner Bros. has begun releasing new merchandise based on West's Batman and a digital Batman '66 comic book featuring new adventures of television's Dynamic Duo.