Fellow Batman Ben Affleck Pays Tribute To The 'Kind, Funny' Adam West

The actor died Friday night after a 'short but brave battle with leukemia'

Affleck, who played Batman in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", paid a tribute to West on Twitter.

Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in the current version of the DC superhero film franchise tweeted, "Adam West exemplified heroism". You have no idea how much I appreciate this. Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle's lean, angular take on Batman in the 1990s still found places for sardonic humour, as with hardboiled detective Joe Potato, and that's partially because Adam West gave audiences a Batman who laughed and smiled.

West with "Batman" actors Burgess Meredith - who played the Penguin - and Cesar Romero - who played the Joker. It's easy to chuckle now when we look back at just how corny the show was, but Adam West and Batman contributed to the imagination of kids in those days.

In recent years he voiced a cartoon version of himself as Mayor West in the long-running animated series "Family Guy".

On a personal level, I can say that he was the first actor I ever saw to don the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight Detective.

Adam West, best known for playing Batman, died age 88 on Friday night (9 June).

"Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end", she said.

It was a surreal experience to learn of Adam West's death while at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

Batman v shark " Hand me down the shark repellent bat spray!"

On his website, he wrote: Sometimes, when I think about my (life) over the past 40 years, it is hard to remember all of it.

Born William West Anderson in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, the actor later adopted his stage name, and began his career in earnest when he moved to Hawaii in the 1950s to star in a local children's programme. "He remained my hero, even in adulthood, as well as a real life role model for interacting with fans".

Pre-Batman, he co-starred in the 1965 Three Stooges feature film The Outlaws Is Coming and the 1964 sci-fi film Robinson Crusoe on Mars. "He brought joy to legions of fans around the world and was the gateway for many of them to discover or in some cases rediscover their love of comic books". But it was his performance in a TV commercial that caught the notice of the Batman producers.

The actor died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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