On Saturday, the world lost Adam West, the iconic star of the 1960s Batman television series. Stars, friends, and fans have been remembering West each in their own way and one fan, Miguel.GFZ has an image that may be a perfect tribute.
One of the staple scenes from the Batman television series was Batman and Robin (Burt Ward) using a rope to climb a building wall. As they did, a celebrity would poke their head out of a window for a cameo appearance. The image repurposes one of those classic scenes to show West, in full Batman costume, climbing his way to heaven. Take a look below.
West died at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia.
"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," his family said in a statement.
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.
The Batman television series has waxed and waned in its popularity with fans. It was beloved by children and adults when it first aired but was unloved by fans of Batman comics because they felt the series treated the material as kid stuff. However, 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.
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!"
Adam West was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928. He took the stage name Adam West when he began his entertainment career in Hawaii in the 1950s, starring in local kids shows.
West is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.