Hollywood honored Adam West in the best way it knew how on Thursday night: It lit up the bat-signal one more time for the fallen Caped Crusader.
“Like you, we all spent many hours in front of the TV, same bat time, same bat channel,” Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed a crowd gathered outside of Los Angeles’ City Hall, reports the AP. “Adam West taught us each one of us had a heart of gold. There will never be another Batman like Adam West and there will never be another Adam West.”
At that point, Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck lit up the bat-signal, which shone yellow and black against City Hall. Later, the words, “The City of Los Angeles Honors Adam West 1928-2017,” were projected underneath the bat-signal.
Although the event was honoring the late “Batman” actor, who had died last week at 88, this wasn’t a somber affair but more of a celebration of West’s legacy, sense of humor and spirit. Of the hundreds who gathered for the ceremony, many dressed in costume as either Batman himself or his Gotham City brethren, including the Riddler. Also, a bright red phone, like the one that Gotham City’s Commissioner Gordon would use to chat with Batman on the show was on display along with two of the retro shark-finned Batmobiles. The crowd even sang a rendition of the show’s theme song, complete with “nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah, nah-nah.”
Also on hand were West’s wife, children and TV sidekick, played by Burt Ward.
“He loved humanity. He loved his fans,” Ward said.
Check out a video of the ceremony below, along with a few pictures of the event:
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) June 16, 2017
— Francine Orr/LATimes (@francineorr) June 16, 2017
— Adrian Arambulo (@AdrianNBCLA) June 16, 2017