Holy return of a golden oldie, Batman! Television’s first dynamic duo return in a new animated film from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Reprising their now-iconic roles from the 1960s Batman live-action series are Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. They’ll be joined by the likes of the Joker, Penguin, and Riddler for an adventure that takes them from Gotham City to outer space! It’ll be out of this world, old chum.
After first releasing a charming teaser short starring West and Ward, the official trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders dropped earlier this week, along with the official cover art and home release date. All we were waiting for was WB Animation’s announcement of the world premiere, which unsurprisingly, will be at this year’s New York Comic-Con, October 6 from 5:30pm-7:30 pm at the Main Stage of The Javits Center.
In attendance at a panel following the screening will be the White Knight himself, Adam West, director Rick Morales, and screenwriters/producers Michael Jelenic and James Tucker. The panel will be moderated by WB Animation president and executive producer Sam Register.
Though the 1960s Batman series may seem a real departure from what many’s impression of the character and his mythos are today, this campier, zany iteration played by Adam West was for years the de facto version of the Caped Crusader. Not until the 1980s and 90s – and Frank Miller, Tim Burton, and Bruce Timm – did Batman return to his darker, grimier roots as a street-level detective taking on twisted criminals. Throughout both this television series and the comics of the time, Batman and Robin fought goofy villains with inane and largely harmless evil schemes.
Still, the 1960s Batman series remains a classic in large part due to its flamboyant and unabashed pop-art style and tongue-in-cheek humor – not too mention the performances, West and Ward in particular. Having them return to voice their versions of Batman and Robin is truly special, giving a classic and still popular property a second shot through the magic of animation. Though the original Dynamic Duo have resurfaced with the official release of the television series on Blu-ray and their own digital comic book series, Batman ’66, this film should be the perfect vehicle for their continued adventures.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will premiere at New York Comic-Con on October 6, before coming to Digital HD on October 11 and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on November 1.