Adam West’s Batman is something that is still iconic to this day. It was campy, cheesy and had its humorous parts, but Burt Ward, West and Julie Newmar put on one hell of a show. Cesar Romero played an amazing Joker and set the standard for all Batman shows to come. When this movie was announced, fans of the West Batman rejoiced and couldn’t wait for it to be released. West and Ward may not have been the first to bring the caped crusaders to life, but they are the most memorable and loved. Some nerds remember watching Adam West and Burt Ward don the costumes and play the rolls well, which led into the animated series that the 90’s kids will surely remember. If you’re a fan of Batman, you’ll love this film.
West, Numar and Ward reclaim their roles in animated form and continue on with the hijinks that is Batman and Robin. Penguin, Joker and Riddler join the cast with different voice actors than the original, but they do the voices justice. You can hear in the voices of West and Numar that age has taken its toll on them both, but it doesn’t change just how amazing they portray their characters. The campy feel is fully there and it is full of laughs. It takes a small dark turn, but none the less, they teach us lesson and makes us all shake our heads and fall in love with the duo all over again.
I loved every part of this movie. Hearing the actors that got me hooked on Batman return to their roles and play the parts like the old days was magical. The music was classic, and all the old villains returned for their little bit of action against Batman. There is so much that can be done with this based on the comics, and it sounds like there is a plan to bring more of these heroes to life. West and Ward do the voices in the New Animated Batman series, and Catwoman hasn’t changed.
If you haven’t seen West and Ward, be sure to watch the old shows before watching this movie, because that is the only way to understand the nostalgic feel this movie gives to the older bat fans out there. It will seem terrible and cheesy, but that’s what makes it great. They didn’t go too over the top, but you can’t help but to smile while enjoying the film.
Be sure to watch for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and let us know what you think of the film.