“Holy time warp Batman!” 2016 may go down as the year of the “Bat” for many reasons, good or bad, but one thing is for sure you shouldn’t have any issues in finding a version that you enjoy.
2016 began with Ben Affleck becoming the sixth actor to dawn the cape and cowl in a live action movie in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” a movie that drew plenty of criticisms. Released to theaters with a PG-13 rating and later to home video with an optional R rating for those who wished to view the extended cut.
Then in the beginning of August Warner Brothers and DC released the animated movie to one of if not the definitive comic book, “The Killing Joke”. The Killing Joke reunited the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill and in staying true to the comics was given a “R” rating when it was released to home video.
If all the dark and gritty Batman movies are starting to get under your cowl then your in luck as of October 11th on Digital HD or November 1st on Blu-ray you will get the chance to return to campiness of the 1960’s Batman.
Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) reprise their roles from the 1960’s TV show in an all new animated adventure, “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”.
The “Batman” television show ran for three seasons on ABC from 1966 to 1968 with “Batman: The Movie” released to theaters in 1966.
Return of the Caped Crusaders is no doubt a throwback to a more amusing superhero narrative and should offer something very different from the likes of the DCEU, especially if all the dark and grittiness is beginning to wane on you.
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. 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!