The 'Batman' actor passed away last week at the age of 88
Taking its cues from the Gotham City Police Force, Los Angeles paid tribute to the late Adam West on Thursday night by shining the ‘Bat-signal’ onto City Hall in tribute to the star of the 60s TV version of Batman.
Hundreds of West and Batman fans gathered, many dressed in costumes from all of the screen iterations of the Dark Knight, as Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck switched on the iconic light.
A yellow oval complete with the bat motif used in the TV series, the signal is traditionally used in the DC Universe when Batman is called to save Gotham City from the various fiends wreaking havoc.
Best known for his role in the campy TV show, the 88-year-old West passed away last Friday after a short battle with leukaemia. Peacefully surrounded by his family in his Los Angeles home, West is survived by his wife, Marcelle, as well as six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
After fading from the public eye after Batman ended, West struggled for many years without steady work. But he found a new audience of fans after Seth MacFarlane cast his as a voice actor in the long-running animated show Family Guy, where he played a version of himself as the mayor of the New England town of Quahog.
Despite modern versions of Batman taking a far more serious and gritty approach to the comic book character, West’s children said in a statement following their father’s death that he always aspired to positivity and always considered himself to be “the Bright Knight.”