- The Washington Times - Friday, June 30, 2017

Besides playing Batman in the mid-1960s, Adam West — who died June 9 after a battle with leukemia — was best known for lending his voice talent, and off-beat humor, to Fox’s “Family Guy.” But fans of the Fox show will still have a few more occasions to hear West’s iconic voice and droll comedic delivery.

In an Entertaiment Weekly interview published Thursday, the show’s executive producer Steve Callaghan said that he plans to air five new episodes that feature the late actor’s voice talent.

Mr. Callaghan said there was never any doubt the episodes would air.

“He’s such an integral part of the series that it never even occurred to us to take that out,” he told EW. “I would almost feel like that was somehow not properly honoring him. I think the proper way to honor him is to keep the character in the show.

“There were two or three episodes where his character had been written in, but he hadn’t yet recorded those, so obviously we’ve made accommodations for that,” Mr. Callaghan added. “There was one scene where he was officiating a wedding, and it was easy enough to just have a different character do that. I [wouldn’t] even consider having someone come in and try to imitate his voice.”

Describing himself as a huge fan of West’s campy 1960s “Batman” character, Mr. Callaghan said he always looked forward to directing West, noting that he had a knack for bringing the Mayor West character to life and time and again made the final product “invariably funnier than what we had on the page.”

“We were very lucky to be able to work with him as long as we did, and to benefit from his tremendous sense of humor, but also his warmth and kindness,” Mr. Callaghan said. “What I hope people take from it is just a real appreciation for how much he brought to the series all these years, and how hard it’s going to be to fill the vacancy that he’s leaving.”

Of course, fans of West’s most iconic role have one last labor of love to remember him by.

Last fall, West took one last behind the wheel of the Batmobile in an animated movie titled “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader,” which reunited him with old chum Robin, played by Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar, who reprised her role as the sultry villain Catwoman.

Available for in Blu-ray and regular DVD formats as well as streaming on Amazon, the PG-rated romp has garnered the approval of 89 percent of critics and 70 percent of audiences, as surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes.

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