Adam West, the actor who crafted one of the most recognizable portrayals of Batman in the 1960s, died after battling leukemia this week at the age of 88. West’s good looks and dry-wit made a terrific Batman for the series, and some would say an even better Bruce Wayne. The show aired between 1966 and 1968. The Batman role would make West a household name, and was a role that he would often poke fun at (as well as praise) long after his time as Batman came to an end.
West had a substantial career in place before he took on the role of Batman, with appearances in both TV and feature films. West’s portrayal of Batman gave him the chance to play the role of James Bond when the studio was casting “Diamonds are Forever,” but West declined the role and thought that Bond should be played by a British actor. West seemed to love the role of Batman, returning to the franchise to voice Batman in several animated installments. Just this year Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment released a full-length animated Batman feature film called “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” ($13 at Amazon). The characters were voiced by Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Adman West also had the chance to stretch his comedic muscles later on in his career. The actor often appeared in the FOX hit “Family Guy” as the goofy Mayor of Quahog, and West had a role on “The Fairly OddParents” as Catman. You may have noticed that West was also the narrator in recently canceled NBC show “Powerless”. Since his Batman days, West was frequently welcomed guest on TV shows like ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ and a long-list of ‘Family Guy’ related video-games, specials, and TV movie-events.
The book ‘Back to the Batcave’ ($12 Amazon) was released in 90s, reflected on his time as the Caped Crusaders and the many friends that he made during the show’s production.