ToonBarn’s coverage of the World Premiere of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders at New York Comic Con (NYCC) is here, as we celebrate today’s release of the DC Original Animated Feature on DVD and Blu-ray, everywhere DVDs are sold.
ToonBarn Head Writer Marc Morrell attended the NYCC World Premiere and was able to get interviews with Adam West (Batman), Michael Jelenic (Screenwriter/Producer), James Tucker (Producer/Screenwriter), and Rick Morales (Director). See those below, after this review of the movie.
The audience for the World Premiere at NYCC were so ready for a comedic Batman movie, and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders had enough of the balance of nostalgic ’66 Batman TV Series fun with an all new animated story that brings all these classic characters back, using some of the voices from the original TV series.
Bringing these iconic characters to animated life are Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). In the new film, Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City.
In addition to the film, audiences on Blu-ray and DVD will get 2 wonderful featurettes as a Bonus. The first, “Those Dastardly Desperados,” a featurette that explores how the villains became more than just antagonists in a Batman story – they became icons of American pop culture. The second, “A Classic Cadre of Voices”, where the vocal cast and production crew talk about the importance of recreating the sounds of the sixties. Both of these are great glimpses at what went into recreating the style of the original live-action series in an animated form.
Out of all the films that were released in 2016 that had Batman as a character, this film was certainly the most fun. People who were fans of the original ’60s Batman TV series will love all of the “easter eggs” that are reminiscent of elements they found entertaining, like how Batman provides constant teaching to Robin – “to the crosswalk!” – or how Batman and Robin make leaps of logic that nobody would make to determine where the villains will strike next. There were tons of fans laughing at the world premiere screening when these references occurred. It was like watching with a laugh track, which this animated feature does not have.
Our top 3 characters, Batman, Robin, and Catwoman, are all voiced by the same actors that made these characters famous, and it appears after 50 years, Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar haven’t lost a step in making these characters just as iconic to a whole new generation of Batman fans.
Big Thank You to Sam Register and all the people at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment for bringing this movie to the fans! The DVD and Blu-ray value pack are in stores now! Don’t hesitate to get your copy!
Here are those interviews we promised – ENJOY!