On June 9th 2017 Batman icon Adam West passed away. This tragic loss put into question whether his latest project, Batman Vs. Two-Face, would actually go ahead. The animated movie was still in production at the time of the actor’s passing. It is a sequel to last year’s Return Of The Caped Crusaders.
According to Batman’s Hot-Line, part of 13thdimension.com, the project is still happening.
In the article, Warner Bros. Animation confirm that Adam West had completed his work on the film, which will see Batman encountering Two-Face. This is one of the very few classic villains that never made an appearance in the 1960s TV show. The part of D.A. Harvey Dent and his criminal alter-ego will be played by William Shatner; swinging sixties superstar, and Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk.
Face To Face… To Face.
Adam West’s legacy and his contribution to the Batman legend cannot be understated. Even though the show originally aired in the 1960s it is still in syndication worldwide today. DC Comics publish the hugely successful Batman ’66 comic, which features the vintage West and Ward Dynamic Duo. The book and the T.V. series featured the classic Bat-Baddies The Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and The Riddler. Even though Two-Face didn’t make an on-screen appearance, he has appeared in the comic.
L.A. Remembers Adam West
On the evening of June 15th, the city of Los Angeles paid tribute to Batman star Adam West. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck lit a ceremonial Bat-signal at City Hall. (All photos by Jesse Grant, Getty Images for DC Entertainment)
Image #1: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Image #2: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief Beck, Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, series co-stars Burt Ward and Lee Meriwether join West’s family, including wife Marcelle.
Image #3: Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet co-writer Ralph Garman joins series co-stars Lee Meriwether and Burt Ward.
Image #4: Image of ceremonial Bat-signal is projected onto City Hall.
Image #5: Mayor Eric Garcetti and Batman co-star Burt Ward.
Image #6: Burt Ward poses with the original Batmobile.
Almost every Batman fan has fond memories of Adam West’s interpretation. At a recent get-together, my family was reminiscing about a trip taken back when I was 7 or 8. It was a peaceful, quiet day; the family was relaxing by the sea, until a young superhero, hooded jacket over his head, ran past, waking everyone up, singing at the top of his lungs… “Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na Bat Maaaaaan!”
In case you hadn’t guessed, that little superhero was me.
Memories like these are priceless. Knowing that Batman Vs. Two-Face will be gracing our screens, and that we have one more Adam West memory still to come, makes his loss just that little bit more bearable.