The “Pax Penguina” over Gotham is breaking as Season 4 gears up for next week’s premiere. Our first photos and synopsis have arrived, unleashing a fully-formed Scarecrow over the city, while Ra’s al Ghul lurks in the shadows and Penguin finds his grip on the city loosening.
Gotham’s chickens (bats?) are officially home to roost, now that Season 4 has begun picking up old threads. Not only is Scarecrow terrorizing Gotham in a new Season 4 trailer, but Bruce’s proto-Batsuit gets a few fresh looks as well.
The world has literally lit up with Adam West tributes since the Batman star’s tragic passing over the weekend, and we’ll have at least one more chance to honor the staccato “Bright Knight.” Sources confirm West had completed recording vocals for an animated sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
In the most fitting tribute imaginable, the Bat-Signal lit up the skies of Los Angeles last night, in honor of the late Adam West, the first Batman of television, and one of the most beloved versions of the iconic Dark Knight (or the “Bright Knight,” as West liked to describe his more upbeat version of the character). West died of leukemia late last week; he was 88 years old.
Here’s how thoroughly Batman’s influence has permeated the mainstream: he’s claimed tacit ownership of the very notion of shining a light into the sky. The Bat-Signal, introduced in the comics as Gotham City’s method of summoning the Dark Knight, has been endlessly parodied in the annals of pop-culture — just earlier this month, the poster for Captain Underpants paid homage to the iconic (a word I mean here literally, and not in the ‘a photo of the Kardashians’ sense) design of the skyward spotlight. And all too appropriately, the Bat-Signal will now be used to give one former Batman, the dearly departed Adam West, a proper send-off.
We’re still reeling from the loss of Adam West, TV’s original Batman and “Bright Knight” icon of superhero fans. The actor lost a battle with leukemia this weekend, and now Batman co-stars Julie Newmar and Burt Ward weigh in, along with Family Guy producers and many more.
We’ve lost one of comic and TV culture’s most enduring favorites, as original Batman star Adam West has passed away. The smooth-voiced star became iconic for his portrayal of the ‘60s Caped Crusader, earning a place in the pop culture pantheon over the decades.
We’re not sure what’s in the Gotham water; that stars alluded to a Season 3 Harley Quinn cameo that never came to pass, but water is the least of Bruce Wayne’s troubles in Season 4. Instead, Monday’s two-part season finale revealed that a major DC baddie has been right under our noses all along, and will undoubtedly return next year.