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.”
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.”