Saturday, February 11, 2017

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is another middling recent entry to DC's straight-to-DVD animated films. Playing up the nostalgia to the hilt, the film casts Adam West and Burt Ward to reprise their roles in this animated version of the 60s Batman television show. While the look an style of the movie hearkens back to the original, the tone is never quite right (paticularly after Batman is turned into the villain in the film's second-half).

Jeff Bergman is well-chosen for the Joker, capturing the sound of Cesar Romero's version of the character. William Salyers and Wally Wingert are passable as the Penguin and the Riddler. The casting of Julie Newmar seems like a nice touch, except when you hear an elderly voice coming out of the character meant to be the sexy femme fatale.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, extras include featurettes on the film's villains and voice cast, trailers, and short looks at previous releases.

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray $24.98 / DVD $12.99]

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