Batman is less fun these days being a gritty dark guardian of the night. With that I was thrilled upon hearing about an animated continuation of the 1960's Batman which was a lot more fun and that they got some of the original voice actors back. That's right, things pick right off from before with Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and his boy companion Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) hanging around Wayne Manor. Things are fine until watching their favorite show they see that their old group of foes has come together once again. This group consists of The Joker (Jeff Bergman); The Penguin (William Salyers), The Riddler (Wally Wingert) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar). I felt that each of these characters was well represented in the film and felt very true to their 60's spirit. While the criminals began terrifying the crowd on this show the Bat Signal appears in the sky causing Batman and Robin to leap into action.
I did previously mention that the voice acting felt spot on for these characters and themes of the original 60's show/movie were also in full force. There were great nods to past things such as having a "Bat-Whatever" for every needed tool and situation to giving comments about how they need to follow the law. The story was also incredibly strong having great twists that were fun and it was nice to see almost a darker approach to this fun character. It also felt like a great continuation to the original material moving the character forward while also taking some nice jabs towards other interpretations of Batman. Not only was it fun in spirit, but it also provided some great laughs and so many exciting moments. The animation was also perfect providing well crafted locations and realistic motions for the characters.
This was definitely a proper return of these caped crusaders with Batman and Robin back in full force. It felt just like it was a part of that classic fun Batman that you never see in modern times. The acting was top notch with each of the characters capturing the iconic roles with the returning voice actors being refreshing to hear in their roles once more. This was again, just a lot of fun to watch with an exciting narrative and sold animation. Each scene felt alive while also complementing the classic era well. If you like Batman or have even seen the original 1960's series then this is a must watch.
Review for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders at Home with Digital Viewing