Saturday’s tragic news that TV’s Batman, Adam West, had died after a brief battle with leukaemia hit the fan community hard. It didn’t matter that West’s Batman wasn’t the Darkest Knight, that he wasn’t a broody and disturbed misanthrope that poured years of rage and grief into beating the tar our of criminals, he was, to many, the Batman of a generation. As always, there’s a camaraderie amongst superheroes, even amongst Batmen, and among the numerous people to state their grief for the loss of West are those that took up his mantle in the cape and cowl.
Several Batman actors have been among the social media mourners, including:
Ah dear Adam West. He was always so kind when we met. A real gent. Once when I was a kid we found ourselves in front the batmobile. I got in
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) June 10, 2017
Goodbye my friend pic.twitter.com/VxdRwnCCSM
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) June 10, 2017
Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it's done. @therealadamwest
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 10, 2017
George Clooney probably too busy at the moment being a new father to issue a press statement, but he did once profusely apologize to West when their paths crossed at New York Comic Con. “I just met Adam West [back stage] there,” Clooney said at the 2014 event. “And I apologized to him… ‘Freeze, freeze.’ Sorry about that.”
Meanwhile, West’s Batman co-star and sidekick Burt Ward has issued a statement through the Hollywood Reporter: “I am devastated at the loss of one of my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together; our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend, I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films, in my eyes there was only one real Batman and that is and always will be Adam West; He was truly the Bright Knight.”
At the same time, Batman’s arch-nemeses have been joining the online wake:
When I was a kid POW BLAM Adam West was Batman! With his pal Robin and his tongue planted firmly in his cheek he brought me so much joy. ;^}
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 11, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 10, 2017
So too have members of the DC Entertainment family. “Like many others, Adam West as Batman was part of my childhood,” said DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns said in an official statement from DC. “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,” added published Jim Lee. “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.”
Adam West kept Batman alive and thrilled my generation. It's a sad day.
— Frank Miller (@FrankMillerInk) June 10, 2017
— Bill Sienkiewicz (@sinKEVitch) June 10, 2017
So basically, if you hadn’t already figured that Adam West would be missed, you can now take it to the bank.
Read Nerd Bastards original post on West’s passing here.