Batman always knows when the citizenry needs him – when the Bat-Signal shines bright in the night sky.
The light is iconic, like the superhero himself. So in a touching tribute to Adam West, who played Batman on TV in the ’60s, Los Angeles will light a Bat-Signal on Thursday night.
West died peacefully Friday in L.A. at age 88 after a short battle with leukemia.
Family members, who were with him when he died, issued a statement that said, “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero.”
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Fans cannot wait to see the iconic call for help shining in the night.
The signal will shine on the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at 9 p.m. Thursday. It will be sent by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.
When Garcetti announced the event on Twitter, he used the hashtag #BrightKnight.
In their grief after West died, fans reached for the light to pay their respects.
Some Batman fans have noted that the Bat-Signal was actually rarely used on the TV show.
Generally, “Commissioner Gordon contacted the Caped Crusader using a very important-looking red telephone, but that’s really neither here nor there,” writes Scott Wampler for BirthMoviesDeath.com.
“This is a lovely, thoughtful and moving tribute to a dearly-departed Hollywood legend.”