Bat-Signal lights up City Hall at Adam West tribute
The Bat-Signal has lit up Los Angeles City Hall in honour of the late Caped Crusader Adam West, days after his death.
Actor Burt Ward, who played Batman’s sidekick Robin in the hit 1960s TV series, joined West’s family and thousands of fans – many in fancy dress – for the public memorial on Thursday.
The crowd, young and old, cheered as LA’s mayor and police chief lit up City Hall with the Bat-Signal – a spotlight of Batman’s emblem used to call for the superhero’s help.
LA police chief Charlie Beck told the crowd he would like to enlist Batman’s support weekly.
“So I am a real life chief of police, and I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to turn on the Bat-Signal,” he said.
He was also standing next to a red phone that looked like the one used by Gotham City’s commissioner James Gordon to chat to Batman.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, addressing the “citizens of Gotham”, said “legendary” West outshone other Batman actors such as George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.
“They’ve all had their time in the cape and the cowl but did anyone have more fun than Adam West?” he said.
“There will never be a Batman like Adam West and there will never be another Adam West.”
The mayor also led the audience in a rendition of the TV show theme song, playfully singing “nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah”.
Two red-and-black, sharp-finned Batmobiles were also parked outside the City Hall and fans lined up to take photos with it.
Ward, 71, said West spent his life “trying to make this world a better place”.
“I’m here to tell you that my friend Adam would want every single one of you to be incredibly happy and to be joyous,” he said.
“Because he spent his entire life as a performer making people happy, making them laugh and trying to make this world a better place.
“So thank-you for coming out. Wowie zowie!”
West’s wife, Marcelle, was joined by their daughters, as well as actress Lee Meriwether, 82, who played Catwoman, at the memorial event.
West died last Friday at the age of 88 after suffering from leukaemia.