Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane: ''Adam West was a joy to work with''
The writer/creator was very fond of Adam West.
For an entire generation of Batfans, Adam West was the Caped Crusader, one-half of the Dynamic Duo, and, above all else, the protector of Gotham City. He was the constant foil of the Joker, and thank goodness for that. Adam West led a spectacle of spandex and campy characters into the history books in Batman, the 1966 television series. For that audience, West was inextricably tied to Batman and defined the character for years.
But, for a slightly younger group of viewers, Adam West was Mayor Adam West of Quahog, Rhode Island. Yes, the actor's resonant voice brought to life a fictionalized version of himself in the animated Family Guy, where West was in on the joke. He was ridiculous and played hilariously with his legacy.
After West's passing in 2017, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane released a statement, which was published by the Associated Press.
"Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around," wrote MacFarlane.
"His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity...
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You're irreplaceable."
While Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, and Robert Pattinson have all since donned the cape and cowl, West was the first to exemplify Batman's heroism on such a large scale.