Ben Affleck & Val Kilmer Mourn The Loss Of OG Batman Adam West
Ben Affleck is the latest actor to don the cape of the Dark Knight, and he's paying his respects to the actor who "exemplified heroism" and originated the role of Batman on the big screen.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 10, 2017
Adam West, the actor who played the Batman of television series and film based on the adventures of the Gotham crimefighter in the '60s, passed away at the age of 88 on June 10. As West was revered for his iconic portrayal of the DC hero, several of his famous fans out of Hollywood — from Conan O'Brien to Jaden Smith — mourned the loss of the great talent.
Val Kilmer, who played Batman in 1995's Batman Forever, shared a poignant memory of meeting West as a kid and getting to hop in the Batmobile long before he was in its driver's seat, and Affleck, too, paid his respects to a man who helped define a role he'd later inherit.
Ah dear Adam West. He was always so kind when we met. A real gent. Once when I was a kid we found ourselves in front the batmobile. I got in
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) June 10, 2017
Affleck will reprise his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Justice League, and clearly, West's impact is a formative one, and one Affleck and the other actors who've taken up his mantle especially appreciate: "Thank you for showing us all how it's done."
- Hilary Hughes
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