It may not be Gotham City, but tonight, the City of Angels is preparing to say goodbye to Adam West (probably the most iconic Batman in history) in a pretty fitting way: by lighting up the Bat Signal at City Hall and projecting it onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall.
The signal, which has been used in the comics, films and TV shows for decades to signify trouble and solicit the caped-crusader’s help, will light up during a special ceremony paying tribute to the 88-year-old who passed away last Friday after a brief battle with leukemia.
According to a release from D.C. Comics, the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck and “surprise Bat-guests” are expected to attend the celebration. Additionally, the organizers are encouraging all bat-fans to don their best capes and costumes to join in on honouring West.
The actor folded himself into the legendary bat suit back in the 1960s, and although the Batman TV series, at the time, only ran for two years there were more than 120 episodes produced. So many bits that he helped to create–the Bat Dance, the sideways walking up the building with Robin (Burt Ward), and even the “Pow,” “Bam,” and “Kaplow!” signs during the fight scenes–are still legendary.
Following Batman, West made a huge career out of self-parody thanks to gigs with The Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and various other TV and movie appearances as a version of himself. Until his death he also remained a huge presence at comic cons across the world, proving that if anyone deserves to be remembered as Batman, it’s him.