Bat-Signal lights up City Hall at Adam West tribute

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The Bat-Signal has lit up Los Angeles City Hall in honour of the late Caped Crusader Adam West, days after his death.

Actor Burt Ward, who played Batman’s sidekick Robin in the hit 1960s TV series, joined West’s family and thousands of fans – many in fancy dress – for the public memorial on Thursday.

The crowd, young and old, cheered as LA’s mayor and police chief lit up City Hall with the Bat-Signal – a spotlight of Batman’s emblem used to call for the superhero’s help.

A person wearing a Batman costume poses for photos as a bat-signal is projected on City Hall
Image: Many fans dressed up for the memorial event
Fans cheer as the Batman 'Bat-signal' is projected onto Los Angeles City Hall
Image: The crowd cheers as the Bat-Signal is projected on to the building

LA police chief Charlie Beck told the crowd he would like to enlist Batman’s support weekly.

“So I am a real life chief of police, and I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to turn on the Bat-Signal,” he said.

People watch as a bat-signal is projected on City Hall in honour of late actor Adam West in Los Angeles, California
Image: The bat symbol was projected on to the building as thousands of fans cheered

He was also standing next to a red phone that looked like the one used by Gotham City’s commissioner James Gordon to chat to Batman.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, addressing the “citizens of Gotham”, said “legendary” West outshone other Batman actors such as George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck.

Fans gather around a Batmobile before a tribute to Batman star Adam West
Image: People lined up to take photos with Batmobiles at the event

“They’ve all had their time in the cape and the cowl but did anyone have more fun than Adam West?” he said.

“There will never be a Batman like Adam West and there will never be another Adam West.”

LA's police chief stood next to a red phone that looked like the one used by Gotham City's commissioner
Image: On display was a red Bat-Phone like the one Gotham City’s commissioner used

The mayor also led the audience in a rendition of the TV show theme song, playfully singing “nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah”.

Two red-and-black, sharp-finned Batmobiles were also parked outside the City Hall and fans lined up to take photos with it.

Batman star Burt Ward, who played Robin, next to LA mayor  Eric Garcetti
Image: Burt Ward (left) and Eric Garcetti (right) addressed ‘the citizens of Gotham’

Ward, 71, said West spent his life “trying to make this world a better place”.

“I’m here to tell you that my friend Adam would want every single one of you to be incredibly happy and to be joyous,” he said.

“Because he spent his entire life as a performer making people happy, making them laugh and trying to make this world a better place.

“So thank-you for coming out. Wowie zowie!”

Mr West played Batman in the 1960s live television series of the same name
Image: West and Ward as Batman and Robin in the 1960s series

West’s wife, Marcelle, was joined by their daughters, as well as actress Lee Meriwether, 82, who played Catwoman, at the memorial event.

West died last Friday at the age of 88 after suffering from leukaemia.

Burt Ward and Adam West of Batman in  2006
Image: Ward, pictured with West in 2006, said his friend would want everyone to be ‘joyous’

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