Hey, folks, recent adaptations of Batman gotten you down this year? I mean, what have we had, a couple of mediocre DC animated films, an adaptation of The Killing Joke that would’ve been excellent if the first 30 minutes weren’t completely and utterly pointless, and a good Ben Affleck Batman in a terrible Batman V Superman movie.
Well, luckily, I can honestly say that we have now found the best Batman movie released in 2016…and it stars Adam West & Burt Ward. This is Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders:
Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman collaborate into hatching a nefarious plot that would endanger Gotham City. It’s up to Batman and Robin to thwart this plot and defeat the villains.
It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. This time, the four super-villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!
For anybody who has been struggling to cope with the election results or just feel dismayed or too disappointed by DC’s attempts to have their own Marvel Cinematic Universe, this animated movie version of the 60s Batman TV series is the perfect thing to put you back in a really good place. I had a ton of fun of watching this movie.
This movie is about as perfect of an homage to the classic 60s Batman series as you can get and it does everything you’d expect to see from an episode of the series except in animation form.
The animation on this is really damn good, it does a good job blending the style of the 60s show with a little bit of the Batman: The Animated Series style animation and a lot of the animation style from the newest released DC animated Batman movies.
The voice work is great, not only do Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar return to the roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman nicely but the newer voice cast including Jeff Bergman as the Joker, William Saylers as the Penguin, Wally Wingert as the Riddler, Jim Ward as Commissioner Gordon, Steven Weber as Alfred, Thomas Lennon as Chief Miles, and Lynne Marie Stewart as Aunt Harriet do a really good job filling in those roles paying homage to the original series but also creating new interpretations of those characters as well.
The homages to the original series are definitely here, the punching effects are back in this, the Batusi is in the credits of the movie.
It’s all here…except the opening title sequence from the original series doesn’t get shown here and it does suck because if you’re going to bring everything back from the original series, you have to include the intro too:
A nitpick, yes, but still, come on, WB, that’s just as memorable as the actual TV show. At least I’ll give them credit for paying homage to the original comics in the opening:
The best aspect about this movie is the comedy and how tongue-in-cheek it is. It is incredibly difficult nowadays to get the exact comedic styling of certain properties and to bring that into the modern day but I’ll be damned if the writers, Michael Jelenic and James Tucker, not only pulled it off with ease but it showed that these two were clearly fans of the TV show and knew what they needed to do to make this adaptation work as well as it does.
Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders is the really good Batman movie that we’ve been missing out on all year long. Not only does it pay homage to the classic series very well but the animation is great, the voice acting is great, the comedy is top-notch, it’s self-aware of itself, it’s everything we could’ve asked for with a film like this and honestly, I can not wait for more of these Batman movies to come out in the future.
Who would’ve ever guessed that two of the best Batmans to come out in the last couple of years were this one and the Batman from The Lego Movie. Maybe, DC’s animated movie department should have serious talks with DC’s live action department. Go out and search for this movie now dammit.
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