Last year, Warner Bros. treated us with the awesome Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, which saw the likes of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprise their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, respectively. Being essentially the beginning to a fourth season we never received, it surpassed expectations by retaining the feel of the classic 1960’s television series, while also featuring grandiose action scenes that could’ve never been accomplished on the budget of the show.
Not being content to rest on their laurels, the fine folks who put together DC’s wonderful animated movies are back at it with Batman vs. Two Face, a followup that may very well surpass its predecessor. Or at least, that’s the impression we’ve been given. Sure, there’s the undeniable appeal that comes with casting William Shatner as Two-Face himself, but seeing is certainly believing.
Speaking of which, we find it only fitting that this sequel add generously to the TV show’s legacy by introducing villains that either weren’t seen during the initial three-season run, or have been developed in the decades that follow. Actually, the Batman ’66 comics that have been published in recent years did this as well, but those were somewhat of a different beast.
After catching up with the cast and crew at New York Comic Con, the latest episode of DC All Access gives us more insight into this momentous project. From what we can tell, Shatner put a lot into this performance that may throw a few curveballs at us. But despite not shying away from the tragic nature of Harvey Dent, it looks like the comedic tone of the beloved TV series won’t be forgotten – nor will the late Adam West.
Batman vs. Two-Face arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17.