R.I.P. Adam West.
Seriously, where’s Liam Neeson? I need Ra’s Al Ghul to get his ass over here immediately and bring back Batman. I mean, if he can manage to pull off a Taken Trilogy, resurrecting the Detective should be easy.
If we can’t get Liam can we at least get Tom Hanks to wish him back via Zoltar? I mean come on people Batman always finds a way! But jokes aside…
Adam West was one of the original live-action superheroes. He paved the way for Batmen to come, but he was so much more than just the Cape Crusader, he was a pop-culture icon. For those that have read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers you are probably familiar with the rule of 10,000 hours. If you are not aware of this law, the gist of it is that in order to become a true master of a craft, one must hone their art for 10,000 hours.
Adam West was a Grand Master of bringing people happiness and a perfect example of what it means to be young at heart. He was always willing to make fun of himself, and yet we never laughed at him, we always laughed with him. As the Mayor of Quahog he brought a perfect blend of dry humor and insanity to his character. In one particular episode, Meg attempted to interview him. “You can’t interview a dead man,” he calmly replied before diving out a window.
What? Too soon? I think Adam would appreciate the irony.
Adam West was my first Batman and he owned the role for damn near a half of century. His iconic voice can be heard through an array of cartoons including The Simpsons, Rugrats, and even Batman the Animated series. Shout-out to Grey Ghost.
Upon reviewing some of Adam’s old episodes as Batman, I stumbled across a Green Hornet crossover. The nostalgia of seeing Adam West, Bruce Lee, and Van Williams got me Super Sayian Geeked! I hope somewhere in an alternate world Batman, Green Hornet, and Kato are beating the hell out of the Joker and dropping cheesy bat-puns.
Mr. Adam West, thank you for being awesome to your fans, and providing us with such a memorable and amazing body of work. We adore you.
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