The premiere of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders rapidly approaches as the unique project continues to build momentum toward its debut at New York Comic-Con in October. The upcoming animated feature is a marriage of slick animation and the tone, setting, and original voices of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar as Batman, Robin and Catwoman, respectively, of the classic Batman television series of the 1960s.
The movie promises to feature the campy humor of West’s incarnation of Batman, and the first trailer for the movie flashed plenty of the same colorful comic book qualities brought to life (POW!) that make the Batman series so distinctive compared to other movies or series in the canon. A new promo clip reveals more from a scene shown briefly in the trailer and gives a glimpse of the same sense of humor that defined the original.
In the new clip, Batman and Robin are bound and trapped on a giant lunch tray about to be burned alive in an appropriately named “Giant Oven.” This is one moment where the movie manages to pack in several one-liners that perfectly hearken back to the familiarly tongue-in-cheek one-liners that made West and Ward’s dynamic so memorable. “It’s starting to heat up, Batman – but we do smell delicious,” says Robin with a sniff. “The smell of death, I’m afraid,” Batman responds.
“Guess this is our last meal, Batman,” Robin adds, to which Batman replies, “Then this is one time where I’d advocate starting with dessert.” The clip soon turns into a literal promo for the movie, where Batman and Robin talk directly about the upcoming release as Robin exclaims, “Holy spoiler alert!” Batman then burns the ropes off his wrists with some hot food before escaping with Robin from certain death.
It’s unclear how much of the clip will be in the final cut due to the directly promotional nature of the video, but it nonetheless gives a strong look at the sense of humor to be expected from the movie. West, Ward, and Newmar as the classic characters are distinctive enough that their return to reprise their roles for another feature-length picture is very welcome and will evoke memories of the original.
There’s no doubt that Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will serve as a unique Batman entry with its combination of animation and all the elements of West’s original, but it will also need to strike a delicate balance to succeed as much as possible. There’s a risk of overdoing the humor or failing to strike the right tone. If it can find the proper balance and remain appropriately faithful to West’s original character, the movie has the potential to be welcomed happily, even in theaters.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders premieres in select U.S. theaters on Oct. 10, 2016 and will be released on digital HD one day later, and arrives on DVD/Blu-ray on November 1, 2016.
Source: DC Entertainment