Ben Affleck remembers Adam West

But he was pleased in later years to have had a role in kicking off a big-budget film franchise showing the character's appeal. They have been coming for decades and will seemingly be a staple of Hollywood's output for years to come. "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".

In bringing Batman to life West delivered his often corny lines with deadpan earnestness, entertaining children and adding a touch of satirical humor for adults. "He was, of course, the original, but still all in all the best, not only for that time but for all time".

As Hollywood mourns the loss of undoubtedly the most likeable Batman in Adam West, friends, colleagues, and fans have come to pay tribute on social media including Ben Affleck, who now plays the character for DC Cinematic Universe. They'd hoped to play off of the success of the Richard Burton's similarly titled film from eight years prior, but the script was awful and the cast could not save the show. Its infectious yet safe appeal let parents feel ok about letting kids watch it and indulging requests for toys, costumes and lunch boxes. "I mean, how many actors are lucky enough to play a character that becomes iconic?" At the end of each episode, viewers were invited to tune in again, "same Bat time, same Bat channel". He took the name Adam West when he came to Hollywood in 1959. For the two weeks ending March 20, 1966, Batman averaged an astonishing 29.4 rating.

The origins of the "Batman" series are actually quite complex, but the project eventually landed at 20th Century Fox, which handed it to producer William Dozier, who devised the show's camp comedy sensibility.

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"Batman's popularity will be forever linked with Adam West", said Jim Lee, Publisher, DC Entertainment. "You can't put Batman in bed with Faye Dunaway'". It was followed by Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).

The importance comes from contrast and the availability of a variegated palette.

West was the third iteration of the live action batman, propelling a 62-year career that endure lasting success.

Furthermore, the actor's turn as Batman gave us a character that reminded us that escapism was part of the appeal of superheroes.

  • Carlos Nash