I heard about this on Saturday but didn’t have the chance to say much about it: Adam West, known as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1960s Batman television series, has died. He was 88 and he had been battling leukemia.
Technically, the Batman series was ahead of my time; I was born in the Seventies. But due to a wonderful thing called “syndication” I caught the show when I was very young. It was goofy, campy and not at all serious. In other words, it was pretty much perfect for a young child like me. Adam West was the Batman I knew and remembered, far more than Christian Bale or Michael Keaton. I’m not the only one who feels that way.
West also made an appearance in Batman: the Animated Series, lending his voice to the Gray Ghost, the childhood hero of a young Bruce Wayne. In later years, Adam West was also known as the mayor of Quahog in Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy.
I feel as if a part of my childhood is gone. There’s another gaping hole in my past that can’t be filled. There’s an emptiness there that will always remain. I never had the chance to meet Mr. West, never had the chance to tell him that I enjoyed the old ’60s Batman in its glorious goofiness, never had the chance to say that I appreciated his voice work and I feel cheated that I never got that chance. So I’m saying it here and now: thank you, Mr. West, for everything. You’ll be sorely missed.