Today Biscuits shared with me the sad news that Adam West had passed away at the age of 88, after a short battle with leukemia. West was of course most famous for his campy portrayal of Batman in the 1960’s television series. By all accounts Mr West was a lovely human being. According the the Hollywood Reporter, he died peacefully in the presence of his wife and extended family.
Adam West was the best Batman ever to grace the screen.
In my opinion, Adam West’s Batman, was the finest Batman ever to grace a television or movie screen. Yes, of course is was campy deadpan humor. it was the late 60’s, what did you expect? I still say that West’s Batman was a detective and a crime fighter in the truest sense of the word.
So, what made him the finest of all the Batmen?
He was a Batman who used technology to process forensic evidence to solve crimes. Once again I know the portrayal of the Bat-Computer was laughable, but that’s not the point. This is the last time I’m including a qualifier to excuse late 60’s television.
He was a Batman who talked to youth and steered them away from a life of crime. I personally can’t think of a better way to prevent crime than to prevent people from becoming criminals in the first place.
He was a Batman who had a fairly transparent relationship with law enforcement. I realize that today you can’t even accept this as part of a fantasy but, there it is.
He was a Batman who only resorted to fisticuffs, rather than employing violence as his primary tool. “The Detective” is one of my favorite aspects of the batman character. Today “The Dark Knight” has more in common with the Marvel’s Punisher, than a detective.
He was a Batman who wasn’t broken. This was a Bruce Wayne who was a whole person. The Batman was only a device to conceal his identity from the criminal ne’er-do-wells of Gotham City. The Batman we get today is a fractured personality in need of some serious psychological health services.
Goodbye Adam West. You were the finest of all the Batmen.