New Trailer For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders Is Simply Fantastic!

Starting digitally on October 11, there will be many Bat-fans like myself shouting at their television sets “To the Batmobile!” as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders – a return to the rather brighter and fun Batman 1966 universe.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Of course as I mentioned when Warner Bros. released the teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film a couple of weeks back, the real treat is getting to hear Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar return to those characters they made so famous on TV.

From the Press Release:
“Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains 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. It’s 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!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans).. Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.”

There is no word yet however if the animated version of Cesar Romero’s Joker will have his “hidden” mustache…

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Are You Well Prepared For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders?!

Holy Cow! Talk about some news that will get most retro fans snapping their fingers in anticipation – DC Comics and Warner Bros. are releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader later this year! It is an animated feature that is set in the groovy Batman ’66 universe and most importantly of all it features the return of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar lending their vocal talents to the characters of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman – roles they helped make a household name back in the day.

Batman - Return of the Caped Crusaders

While there isn’t an awful lot of information right now – thanks to this teaser trailer released yesterday we do know that the Dynamic Duo will not just be protecting the citizens of Gotham City in this feature film but also venturing into outer space. It will be available digitally starting on October 11…and I will definitely be picking it up and giving you a review…and on DVD and Blu-ray starting on November 1st.

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What Did The Lone Ranger And Batman Think About Video Games In 1983?

In the September issue of Videogaming Illustrated, the magazine decided to invite two special guests to submit editorials on how they felt about the growing popularity of video games.

Videogaming and Computergaming Ilustrated

The two guests were none other than the actors who played two legendary television heroes. Clayton Moore who portrayed the Lone Ranger from 1949 until 1957 for 169 episodes and Adam West who of course played Batman from 1966 until 1968 for 120 episodes. So what did these two think about the all-consuming fervor of arcade and home consoles?

Anti-Crime Computer

It might surprise you to learn they were more than okay with the medium and what it stood for. I also think it’s rather clear from the editorials below that the roles they made famous…their successes had to do with how much of their own ideology they brought to the characters.
Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger
Clayton Moore - Videogaming and Computergaming Illustrated

Image courtesy of Ain't It Cool News and Decaying Hollywood Mansions.

Image courtesy of Ain’t It Cool News and Decaying Hollywood Mansions.

Batman - Adam West - Videogaming and Computergaming Illustrated

Batman: Ring Around The Riddler (1967)

Batman 1966 - IMP Awards
With the Retroist’s Batman TV series Podcast a few days ago it seemed like the opportune time to share this classic episode. The second episode of Season 3, “Ring Around The Riddler”, finds the Dynamic Duo trying to stop the Riddler from controlling all of the prize fighting in Gotham City!

This episode of course stars Adam West and Burt Ward as well as Yvonne Craig, it also features the always wonderful Frank Gorshin, Joan Collins, and a young James Brolin as Kid Gulliver.

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