Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Gets a New Trailer
The retro-styled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders put out a teaser trailer last week, and the idea of doing a new cartoon with the 1966-style characters (and original voices Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar) got a lot of attention. This more official trailer confirms that the dynamic duo will be facing off with the four classic villains: Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler.
The cartoon will allow for more large-scale action than in the original TV show, with the promise of being “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!”
I’m not sure why this will need to be rated PG, but my bigger question is: who’s doing the voices for the characters whose original actors are no longer with us?
The Blu-ray and DVD editions will have two featurettes:
Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and Riddler are impossible not to watch! “Those Dastardly Desperados” explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.
In “A Classic Cadre of Voices”, a new, talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!
But no names are given. It’s a tricky situation, since they’re marketing this based on nostalgia, so you want the actors to evoke the originals, but too much so and it becomes a parody or a caricature.
If you want to see this before anyone else, the movie is having its world premiere at New York Comic Con, with a showing on Thursday, October 6 from 5:30-7:30 PM, to be followed by a panel discussion featuring Adam West, supervising producer/writer James Tucker, director Rick Morales, and producer/writer Michael Jelenic.
I get that the fanboy community negatively overreacted to the ’66 show in the ’70s and ’80s due to the influence it had on making the public think that comics were idiotic. But the extreme overreaction these days in the other direction, now praising it as some sort of pop art masterpiece, is just as misguided. It’s an amusing show but it’s also a show whose premise runs really thin. Once you get the joke it’s just not that funny over the long haul. The humor wears thin very fast. And maybe this is just me, but that brightly colored ’60’s visual aesthetic always struck me as being very ugly.