DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is bringing back nostalgia. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar returns to their roles as Batman, Robin and Catwoman to celebrate the 50th anniversary with a new animated movie that is based on 1960’s Batman TV series.
The story begins with Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) going into action when Gotham City is threatened by Penguin (William Salyers), The Joker (Jeff Bergman), Riddler (Wally Wingert) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar). With their wicked talents, the four super villains are hatching a plot so nefarious that the dynamic duo will have their hands full.
In our times where Batman is always shown to be dark, grim and angry, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be the animation movie that will introduce all the kids, and maybe adults, to the Batman world of the 1960’s – much lighter and definitely funnier than how we view the new Dark Knight. If you are a fan of the Adam West Batman you will enjoy all the campy stuff in this animation that will remind you of the old TV series. From vertical wall climbing and the big ‘POW’ letter’s on the screen, to Robin using a lot of ‘Holy’ words and a lot more. This animated movie is a big nostalgia trip that will make you smile.
As all DC/WB animated movies, the style of the animation has remained unchanged as it is a clear reflection of their previous masterpieces. It looks like a classic Warner Bros. cartoon. But as I mentioned before – don’t expect it to be dark as DC Universe Animated Original Movies Batman: The Killing Joke, which I, quite frankly, did not enjoy as much as I thought I would. This really felt like a cartoon for kids and is a perfect tool for people to bring up their childhood memories. If you have been a fan of the darker, grimmer Batman version that started to appear after the 80’s (and is still portrayed today), this movie might be quite eye-opening as you will be thrown in a completely different Batman world that you have not experienced yet. You could say that it’s almost the opposite of dark and grim – it is light and cheerful. Giving us rich dialogues and action sequences it really showcases the funny side of the Caped Crusaders and the famous DC villains. Although there were plenty of funny scenes in the movie, I was actually craving for some more.
I’m a big fan of the whole Batman universe and I have enjoyed (more or less) every single one of the Batman portrayals brought to us so far. Okay…maybe not every single one of them as Batman & Robin was awful. So let me correct myself – I have enjoyed MOST of the movies where the Caped Crusader has been portrayed. Some might not even believe me when I say that being as young as 24 years old I have actually seen the 1960’s Batman and as much as I liked the old-whacky episodes of the 1960’s, I had the time of my life watching this movie. It reminded me of the crazy things that Adam West’s Batman and Burt Wards’ Robin got into and how they dealt with all of it, for example: using a shark repellent to frighten off sharks or the time when Batman had to get rid of a bomb which was hilarious. It was great to hear Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in their iconic characters and referencing other Batman movies throughout the film. With lines like: “You wanna get nuts? Come on, let’s get nuts!” and many more, the movie payed a great homage to other Batman movies.
In conclusion – this is a big nostalgia trip. Even though the movie was still lacking a bit in the humour department, the story itself was quite intriguing and it definitely got us engaged in the story. Not to mention – seeing these iconic characters once again voiced by the 1960’s Batman voice actors was a blast. I think that this is a step in the right direction for Adam West and Burt Ward in their journey of reintroducing their version of the iconic characters to our youth. As like all the nowadays versions of Batman on the big screen, we just can’t forget this iconic version of the Dark Knight. A fun watch for everybody that enjoyed the 1960’s Batman TV series.
Running time: 78 minutes; Production companies: Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment; Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures; Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure;
Directed by: Rick Morales; Produced by: Michael Jelenic, Benjamin Melniker, Sam Register, James Tucker, Michael Uslan; Screenplay by: Michael Jelenic, James Tucker; Based on: Batman by William Dozier, Bob Kane, and Bill Finger; Narrated by: Jeff Bergman; Music: Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis; Edited by: Christopher D. Lozinski;
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Steven Weber, Thomas Lennon, and many more.