Review–Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)

In 2016, DC Comics and Warner Brothers Animation decided to bring back the campy atmosphere of the 1960’s Batman television series. Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) return as the dynamic duo in a new adventure set in the 1960’s Batman universe. DC Comics also manages to bring back Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in the original show. While the plot to this movie is messy, it still is an exciting adventure with plenty of laughs and intriguing concepts.

The story focuses on Batman and Robin once again trying to thwart Riddler, Joker, Catwoman, and Penguin from their nefarious schemes. I enjoy their schemes in this film because the crew try to rule the world from outer space. Obviously, realistically, this couldn’t be achieved by the villains. In the absurd universe of this Batman show, anything is virtually possible. Batman actually owns a rocket in this movie that helps him to get to outer space with Robin. I never thought that I would see a Batman story with a batrocket. After this sequence, the plot does start to wander in different directions though there are story beats that keep it together. While in space, Catwoman gives Batman what she calls “batnip.” Batnip makes Batman evil and causes him to use a ray gun that makes multiple versions of himself. Robin and Catwoman team up to take Batman down as Catwoman didn’t plan for Batman to be this evil. Batman has control of Gotham, but is thwarted from his plans. Batman snaps out of his batnip spell to realize that the trio of Riddler, Joker, and Penguin are executing heists while Gotham is distracted with evil Batman. The dynamic duo thwart the three, while Catwoman gets away with the treasures.

The voice acting is top notch. It’s like audiences are being taken back to the 1960’s. West and Ward sound like they haven’t aged a day in the movie. It is nice to see that West got to reprise the character before his passing. West’s take on Batman will always be a major part in pop culture history as well as the history of Batman. I highly recommend people checking this movie out.

Author: Jordan Lash

My name is Jordan Lash. I write about gaming and comics.

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