by Adario Strange, Mashable
If you haven't already heard, the iconic face and voice of the '60s version of Batman, Adam West, has died at 88 years old.
The actor died in Los Angeles on Friday following complications related to leukemia, according to a report from Variety.
West wasn't the very first actor to play Batman in a live action film, but he was definitely the most iconic before the new army of Batman actors began taking the role up again beginning in the late '80s.
Playing the role with equal parts dramatic flair and understated satire, West made running around Gotham City in ridiculous tights with his sidekick Robin somehow look reasonable.
West's often self-deprecating approach to the role was due as much to his own theatrical skills as it was a nod to the '60s hippie culture the TV series was born in. Today, we have our own, incredibly serious and definitely psychotic Batman played by the appropriately intense Christian Bale (nice try, Ben Affleck, but you're no Bale). But West's '60s version of the character did things like, oh, well, just a little Bat Watusi aka the Batusi:
Well, that's not exactly true.
It turns out that one of those '60s Batman fans, Seth MacFarlane, got his own show on Fox called Family Guy and promptly made West the mayor of the show's fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island.
And while he was allowed to be himself on Family Guy, becoming a popular staple of the show, West did give Batman fans a bit of his old costumed magic in an episode of The Simpsons ("Large Marge) back in 2002.