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Adam West's iconic legacy as the Caped Crusader was celebrated in Los Angeles on Thursday with an honorary lighting of the Bat-Signal.
The iconic symbol was projected onto the side of L.A. City Hall once night fell, as thousands gathered outside in the street to pay tribute to the late star, who died last Friday at the age of 88.
West famously portrayed the beloved comic book hero in the campy, tongue-in-cheek live-action Batman series, which ran from 1966 to 1968. Despite the show only running for three seasons, West appeared in 120 episodes, and it became his defining role.
West also appeared in a feature-length adaptation, of the show, Batman: The Movie, in 1966. While the actor had a hard time getting roles after being typecast as the crime fighter, he went on to embrace the indelible mark he left on the pop culture landscape.
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Legendary Batman actor struggled to throw off his alter ego in later career but remained beloved of fans
Adam West, who has died aged 88, was one of those actors who had to strive to “live down” not a failure but his greatest success. West, who was synonymous with the role of Batman in the vastly popular, campy TV series of 1966-68, could never escape his alter ego. Although he appeared in scores of films and television series throughout his long career, most reviewers, whatever the role, insisted on referring to him as “TV’s Batman”. However, it is fair to say that West, realising that he owed his fame to the Caped Crusader, was not averse to making oblique allusions to the character in some of his films, and often resorted to self-mockery.
The tall, well-built West, with chiselled good looks and a resonant baritone voice, was perfect casting for »
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Adam West, who was beloved for generations as the man under the crimefighting cowl in the 1960s Batman TV series, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. West had an acting career going back to the 1950s. Today, Cinelinx pays homage to a gentleman who loved his fans, as we say goodbye to Adam West
Adam West loved playing Batman. Beginning with the Batman Tv show (1966-1969), he continued being involved with DC Batman projects, including Batman: the Movie (1966), The Super Friends (or Super Powers Team), the New Adventures of Batman, Tarzan and the Super Seven, The Legends of the Super heroes, Batman: the Animated Series, the Batman: New Times video game, The 2004-2006 Batman cartoon, Batman: the Brave & the Bold, Robot Chicken, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and the upcoming Batman vs. Two-Face. Through all these projects, for over five decades, West voiced either the Batman or one of his supporting cast. »
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The DC Comics universe hasn’t flooded the big screen the way Marvel ones have, but the DC brand has been hitting the big screen longer in the era of color, starting with the 1966 Adam West “Batman.” We ranked all those modern flicks, from “Batman: The Movie” to “Wonder Woman.” 31. “Jonah Hex” (2010) Despite the efforts of Josh Brolin and Michael Fassbender, this is one of the worst comic book movies of the modern era. 30. “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987) Christopher Reeve is by far the best Superman. But “Superman IV” is a bomb in every sense — partly because »
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"It's with great sadness that we are sharing this news...Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia," his family confirmed on Facebook. "He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we'll miss him. We know you'll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today. - The West Family."
Born in Walla Walla, Washington, West rose to fame for portraying the role of Bruce Wayne on TV. Although it was majorly popular, it only lasted »
This past weekend my wife and I tried to be adults, but Fandango’s inexplicable Ui rendered my better/prettier/sexier/amazinger half confuzzled. The tickets we purchased to see “Split” by M. Night Shamalamadingdong were for the wrong date (as in three days prior to when we were currently out). D’oh! Mistakes happen, no biggie. But with a sitter on the clock, and time dwindling, we opted instead to catch “Get Out” by Jordan Peele. Until we noticed that the entire theater was sold out — save for two seats not together. And boy, it’d be a hindrance to a date night to not sit together.
So we saw “Lego Batman.” It would be the second time I’d seen it in as many weeks.
I won’t bury the lede: “Lego Batman” is amazing. It’s a visual and auditory roller coaster that nearly never comes up for air. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
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The strangest thing about The Lego Batman Movie might be the fact that it's not the first Lego Batman movie, but the seventh — and that's not counting the 2014 Lego Movie. Welcome to the secret history of the blockhead Dark Knight.
The very first Lego Batman movie came out in 2013, a year before The Lego Movie, and was a direct-to-dvd spinoff of the popular video game franchise that launched all the way back in 2008. Lego Batman: The Movie was enough of a success that, like its video game inspiration, a number of sequels followed — but unlike »
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David Crow Feb 13, 2017
The movie, TV show, cartoon and comic references of The Lego Batman Movie...
This article contains major The Lego Batman Movie spoilers.
Holy plastic building blocks, Batman! Almost everything really was awesome about The Lego Batman Movie. After years of dark nights and grim glares at other superheroes, the newest adventure of the Caped Crusader, as voiced by Will Arnett’s perfectly overdone gravel, was a breath of fresh air. Not afraid to let Batman’s sidekicks have fun - even if our cantankerous main guy still prefers to wear only black and sing about “darkness” - The Lego Batman Movie is poised to entertain Bat-fans of all Bat-ages.
Still one of its best gags is its shameless (and relentless) use of references, cutaways, and in-jokes to overstuff its narrative with more meta-humor than the most unwieldy episode of Community. As a consequence, it’s easy to »
Santa Barbara became a movie town in 1912, when the American Film Co., aka the Flying A, set up shop there. The studio began cranking out shorts at a rapid pace, producing an estimated 1,200 silent movies before its demise in 1921.
But Santa Barbara’s showbiz embrace didn’t end there: It has long served as a favored tryout city, film and TV location, and industry playground.
Since 1986, the coastal community 89 miles north of Hollywood has also been home to the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The festival, which kicks off Feb. 1, will feature a jam-packed lineup of premieres, starry events, and panel discussions. In a nod to Santa Barbara’s storied past, the fest will also serve as the formal curtain-raiser of its major capital project, the renovation of the city’s historic Riviera Theater.
The Riviera Theater, recently acquired by the Sbiff through a 30-year lease, has long been symbolic »
- Jerry Roberts
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