The passing of beloved acting legend Adam West shook the entertainment world to its core over the weekend, with many celebrities taking to social media to pay their respects and share their memories. West was best known for playing the legendary '60s #Batman and paving the way for future actors to take up the mantle of the Caped Crusader.
One of those actors was Val Kilmer, who portrayed Batman in Joel Schumacher's 1995 film Batman Forever. Kilmer shared a fond memory of #AdamWest on Twitter:
Val Kilmer's Batman
Kilmer's Bruce Wayne/Batman, which was panned by critics at the time, was said to be reminiscent of West's comedic Batman from the '60s. The film featured two prominent villains from the rogue gallery in Jim Carrey's Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones' Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Though the movie was a financial success, Kilmer didn't reprise the role of Batman in the sequel Batman & Robin and was replaced by George Clooney.
The Schumacher Batman films veered from the dark and gritty aesthetic that made a household name of Michael Keaton's Caped Crusader in 1992's Batman. Despite being classified as some of the worst superhero films of all time, the Schumacher movies have earned a cult following among younger fans.
Undoubtedly Kilmer's connection to West was a strong one and the younger actor is reeling from the tragic loss of his Gotham City forerunner.