Adam West, best known for playing Batman, died age 88 on Friday night (9 June).
West played the iconic superhero on the campy 1966-68 television series, Batman.
He passed away on Friday night in Los Angeles, following a brief battle with leukaemia.
In a statement, his family 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.’
West worked intermittently after Batman’s cancellation, including a 2001 episode of The Drew Carey Show where he played one half of a gay couple.
He then became the voice of Mayor Adam West in popular animation, Family Guy.
Although West leaves behind a wife, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, fans recount the homoerotic undertones of the brief Batman series.
Fans recall the relationship between Batman and his sidekick Robin, played by Burt Ward.
The comic’s creator, Bob Cain, said: ‘I suppose the homosexuals like the TV show because of those tight outfits Adam West and Burt Ward wear.’
In a 2011 interview with The Archive of American Television, West addressed the homoerotic undertones.
He said: ‘The premise of Batman was very simple on the surface. You’ve got these two guys living together in Wayne Manor, assuming no one would recognize them in their costumes.
‘Dick Grace [Robin] became like a foster son to Bruce Wayne [Batman].
‘Two guys living together, wearing tights, caused a lot of gossip.
‘And even more, there were some books written about their relationship as a homosexual situation. My attitude and Burt’s too was always just, gay or straight – whatever! Just add them to the ratings.
‘If gays loved the show, good – wonderful,’ he said.
Comic book writer: Batman is ‘very, very gay’
In 2012, Batman’s own comic writer, Grant Morrison, said Batman is ‘very, very gay.’
Morrison, who has been writing Batman stories for DC Comics since 2006, told Playboy that Bruce Wayne is a ‘sexual deviant’.
‘Gayness is built into Batman,’ said Morrison.
‘I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it.
‘Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay.
‘I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care – he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.’