For Adam West, it was similar, happy to sad. I had just spent a terrific day with The Bride at EPCOT, we were getting on the bus, and I checked my phone, hitting Facebook. I saw a really cool picture I'd seen before - my good friend Andy Burns, our friend JP Fallavollita, and Andy's daughter (in fierce Wonder Woman cosplay) standing in front of the Batmobile (the real Batmobile) with, you guessed it, Adam West and Burt Ward. I was jealous the first time I saw the picture, and jealous this time, so I posted as much. I was in a good mood, and then I saw other Facebook posts on my feed… Adam West had passed away at the age of 88. I was crushed. It was if my childhood had dropped out from under me. I was staggered by this for a couple days. It couldn't be true.
Batmobile to get me to stop crying. At our second house shortly after that the room I shared with my big brother had only two things on the walls: a Detroit Lions pennant and a picture of Batman. I have talked before about the 1966-69 "Batman" TV series starring Adam West being the gateway drug to comics for not only myself, but for an entire generation. In many ways, my childhood has taken a hell of a hit.
Return of the Caped Crusaders on Blu-Ray in a store and I thought I needed to own it sooner or later. And at EPCOT on the Test Track ride, I deliberately tried to design a car just like the Batmobile.
Other than his wild global success as Batman, Adam West had a pretty rough life, battling depression, alcoholism, and typecasting. It wasn't until he came to terms with always being remembered as Batman that things turned around for him. Gone were the days of getting shot out of a cannon and doing terrible pilots like "The Precinct." Batman could overcome anything. His unique deadpan camp humor even found a home on "Family Guy," conquering a whole new television generation. I even met him once, great guy.
Nestle Quik commercials. Ironically he would be considered for the role of the real Bond years later. He beat Lyle Waggoner for the title role on "Batman," who probably would not have been able to pull it off. Batman would take over the world – Adam West himself has been quoted as saying that the sixties were all about the three Bs - Beatles, Bond, and Batman - and it's true. And "Batman" would not have worked without West. He was the only choice.
Poor Devil all of which I loved, and are recommended, but he always returned to Batman, whether it was on "Superfriends," the 1970s Filmation "Batman," as the Grey Ghost, Back to the Batcave, or the aforementioned Return of the Caped Crusaders.
Adam West passed away on Saturday after a short battle with leukemia, he was 88. In my mind and in my heart, he will live forever as the only Batman that counts. We have lost a true legend, and the Bat-Signal burns for you, my friend.