Bat-Signal lights up Los Angeles in tribute to Adam West

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

'There will never be a Batman like Adam West and there will never be another Adam West'.

After the tribute finished, the words "The City of Los Angeles Honours Adam West 1928-2017" were projected underneath the Bat- signal.

West died Friday at age 88.

The tribute to West, who became a pop culture star for his tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the costumed superhero in the 1960s "Batman" television series, came almost a week after the 88-year-old died from leukemia, according to his family.


There was a seriously impressive dedication to fancy dress from the crowd of fans who cheered the LA mayor and police chief, who they joked resembled Chief O'Hara from the ABC television series, as he lit up Los Angeles City Hall.

With the flip of a switch, the iconic symbol used to alert the Dark Knight to trouble in Gotham City was projected onto Los Angeles City Hall in honor of West who played the Caped Crusader in the 1960s "Batman" TV series.

The mayor also led the audience in a rendition of the TV show theme song, playfully singing "nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah". "He loved humanity and he loved his fans", actor Ward said at the tribute.

Before the lighting, people lined up to take photos with two red-and-black, sharp-finned Batmobiles parked on the sidewalk. MacFarlane also said he was privileged to have worked with West.


Actor Burt Ward, who was the Robin to West's Batman, was among the huge crowd who turned out to pay tribute to the actor less than a week after his death.

"I grew up watching him", the 29-year-old said. "For the longest time he was the only Batman and that's a position that commands respect".

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