The death of Adam West is certainly a tragic moment for fans of all ages. The actor's portrayal of Batman in the original television series from the '60s was truly timeless, establishing one of the most iconic versions of the character.
Many fans and colleagues have expressed their adoration of West since it was announced he passed away.
DC Entertainment has now issued a statement on the tragic event with some of the executives echoing the heartfelt sentiments that have already been expressed.
Adam West's portrayal of Batman was a huge contribution to the Caped Crusader's status as a true pop culture icon. His work helped bring comic books into the mainstream, and encouraged a generation to discover the wonderful stories and characters that made up Batman's world through the pages of comic books like Batman and Detective Comics.
"Like many others, Adam West as Batman was part of my childhood," said Geoff Johns, President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment. "Watching those reruns every day after school, Batman made reading comics that much more real for me growing up."
"Batman's popularity will be forever linked with Adam West," said Jim Lee, Publisher, DC Entertainment. "He brought joy to legions of fans around the world and was the gateway for many of them to discover or in some cases rediscover their love of comic books. He'll be deeply missed."
West passed away at age 88 after a battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
[h/t] DC Entertainment