Los Angeles Pays Tribute to Adam West With Bat-Signal

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In fiction, Batman serves as the brooding protector of Gotham City.

But last night the character’s signature bat-signal loomed over Los Angeles, as the city paid tribute to the actor Adam West, who played Batman in the 1960s, by broadcasting the symbol onto its City Hall.

Mr. West played Batman in a wholesome TV series and a film version of “Batman,” the first screen adaptations of the D.C. comics, which were first published in 1939. He died last Friday in Los Angeles at age 88; the cause was leukemia.

Hundreds gathered at the ceremony honoring him, which was officiated the city’s police chief, Charlie Beck, and by the Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, who gave brief remarks before lighting the signal:

In the original D.C. Comics version of Batman, the Gotham City Police use the bat-signal to call for Batman’s help when they need him to fight crime.

Mr. West began his film acting debut in the 1957 horror film “Voodoo Island,” in which he appeared alongside Boris Karloff. He continued to work in movies and TV after “Batman,” including his voice-over stint as Mayor Adam West on the animated TV show, “Family Guy.” The show’s Sunday episode will pay tribute to the actor.

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