The Bat-Signal Shined In Los Angeles to Honor Adam West

The Bat-signal shining on Los Angeles’ City Hall. All Images: Jesse Grant, Getty Images for DC Entertainment
The Bat-signal shining on Los Angeles’ City Hall. All Images: Jesse Grant, Getty Images for DC Entertainment

After playing Batman on television, Adam West became more than just a mere actor. He was the definitive version of the character for almost half a century, and that made him truly larger than life. In honor of that talent and impact, the city of Los Angeles held a beautiful and fitting tribute Thursday night.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck lit a ceremonial Bat-signal at City Hall Thursday night to celebrate West. Here are some photos of the event.

The scene at City Hall.
The scene at City Hall.
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Burt Ward, who played Robin opposite West, with a Batmobile.
Burt Ward, who played Robin opposite West, with a Batmobile.
Ward with DC’s Jim Lee.
Ward with DC’s Jim Lee.
Ward and LA mayor Eric Garcetti admiring the signal.
Ward and LA mayor Eric Garcetti admiring the signal.

Not many actors get a tribute like that, but West absolutely more than deserved it.

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If you want to see a very moving tribute, check this out from West’s friend Ralph Garman on Kevin Smith’s podcast, Hollywood Babble-on. really hard to watch without getting choked up a little.