Batman: I always imagined it would end differently, but yet less ignominiously. To drown in my own anniversary cake!

       I.           Remembering The Caped Crusader

Those were the words of the caped crusader in an episode of the 5th season the 1960s Batman series.  Growing up in the 70’s and early 80’s, I loved watching the re-runs of Batman!  Some lines from the show are forever carved in our hearts. Like whenever Batman would say; “Quick! To the Batmobile!” Or agrees with Robin… after he says, “holly Bat” statement and Batman says, Precisely, Robin!  At the end of  each episode of Batman, the narrator leaves viewers with a cliffhanger to Tune in tomorrow—same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!”

Sadly, this hero, Batman, played by Adam West died at the age of 88 Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.

West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement. ~ Hollywoodreporter News Adam West Dead Batman

One of my favorite Batman Quotes:

Robin: Where’d you get a live fish, Batman?
Batman: The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.
Batman , Season 2 Quotes. (n.d.). Quotes.net. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://www.quotes.net/show-quote/7662.

Something about the show and how silly it was yet how serious they tried to act (adding to the wild humor of the show) always connected with me.  He was cool, no super powers, no magical gem, ring, or crystal. All he needed was thinking power, and his utility belt.  If the show could not give you a great moral lesson or you get a history lesson or even a grammar lesson as in this quote below from season two…(where else would we get one?)

Robin: You can’t get away from Batman that easy!
Batman: Easily.
Robin: Easily.
Batman: Good grammar is essential, Robin.

       II.            The Adam West Documentary Trailer

The hero no more, this documentary follows Adam West Hollywood life and it is amazing how this man was a survivor and provider for his family after the Batman days.

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   III.           10 Thing I Learned about Adam West – Batman

  1.  Adam West real name is William West Anderson. Born on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington.
  2.  Adam West went to Whitman College, with a degree in literature and psychology.
  3.  Adam West debuted Batman in January 1966 on the ABC network’s highest rated show. (Batman’s ratings fell, and canceled in 1968 – three seasons.)
  4.  Adam West was typecasted after the show ended, taking odd jobs and appearances as Batman to make money. (Think the movie “Galaxy Quest” – (1999))
  5.  Adam West made over sixty movies and appeared in more than eight television programs as a guest-star or an appearance or in the credits. (Filmography = 193 credits)
  6.  Today the “Most Popular Feature Film Titles With Adam West:  Chicken Little (2005)
  7.  Batman The MOVIE was released on July 30, 1966.
  8.  Before Batman Adam West was Agent Q, Below #9 is the Nestle Quik Commercial.
  9. 1967 West was Nominated and lost the Golden Laurel award. In 2004, and 2005  Adam West Won TV Land Award for Batman; Burt Ward (Robin).

 IV.            Holy Batman Quotes!

What about you?  Do you have any favorite Batman quotes?

Adam West about Batman: [In 2005] Batman was comedy, let’s face it. What I loved about Batman was his total lack of awareness when it came to his interaction with the outside world. He actually believed nobody could recognize him on the phone, when he was being Bruce Wayne, even though he made no attempt to disguise his voice.

Batman:
Experience teaches slowly, Robin. And at a cost of many mistakes.
Batman , Season 2 Quotes. (n.d.). Quotes.net. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://www.quotes.net/show-quote/7574.

 

Batman: “Salt and corrosion. The infamous old enemies of the crime fighter”

 

Robin:
Where’d you get a live fish, Batman?
Batman:
The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin
Batman , Season 2 Quotes. (n.d.). Quotes.net. Retrieved June 11, 2017, from http://www.quotes.net/show-quote/7662.

 

Batman: “It is the duty of every good citizen of Gotham City to report meeting a man from Mars in a public park”.

 

 

 V.            To End My Adam West Tribute

 Batman: The Movie (1966) Opening Movie credits.

So to end my tribute to Batman, I leave you with the opening movie credits to Batman Movie:

ACKNOWLEDGMENT We wish to express our gratitude to the enemies of crime and crusaders against crime throughout the world for their inspirational example. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre— To funlovers everywhere— This picture is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize.