It was first announced back in March of 2015 that Adam West and Burt Ward would return as Batman and Robin in a new animated film in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 television series. Well, it’s 2016 now (the 50th anniversary came and went), but we’re finally getting to see something from this long awaited project.
Entertainment Weekly has the new teaser trailer for the film (though we’ve embedded a mirror of it bellow). Titled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, it also sees the return of Julie Newmar as the voice of Catwoman.
Honest to god, I’m really excited about this. The 1960s Batman series was my first exposure to the caped crusader, and getting more Adam West in my life makes the little kid in me very, very happy.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders comes out Digital HD on October 11th, followed by a Bluray release on November 1st.
Fifty years ago today, the first episode of Batman aired on ABC. The series starred Adam West as the titular Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as his sidekick the Boy Wonder Robin. The show would go on to run three seasons totaling 120 episodes, spawn a feature film, and crossed-over with The Green Hornet. It was, frankly, amazing.
And it is literally my favorite version of Batman.
I obviously didn’t grow up with the first airing (I was born in 1980), but it ran in repeats throughout my childhood. When I thought of Batman, I thought of Adam West. I knew every episode by heart, and it really defined who Batman was for me as a kid. It’s why I later got into comic books, even if said comics decided to take my hero in a very different direction.
So cheers to you, Batman (or as it gets called these days Batman ’66). You’re a Gotham city mostly seen in sunlight, protected by a hero more focused on hope and bizarre detective work than the grimdark interpretations that followed. You’ll always be my Batman.
(And just because we can’t end this without one of the greatest theme songs ever written…)
On this episode we talk about the announced animated Batman movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi taking the reigns of Godzilla 2016, the X-Files limited series being confirmed, Sony’s bizarre desire to make a Robotech film franchise, Gen Con’s reactions to Indiana’s RFRA, and an awesome little convention in DeKalb called Karoshi Con.
And we have a whole bunch of new listener mail to boot!
I’m a big fan of the 1960s Batman TV series. I literally spent hours upon hours of my childhood watching reruns of the classic series. Adam West and Burt Ward were my introduction to Batman and Robin (as Keaton had yet to put on the cowl).
With the Bluray release of the series selling well (and the success of the Batman 66 digital comic), there’s been a lot of buzz around the show lately, and it looks like it’s not stopping.
At a recent appearance, Burt Ward and Adam West revealed that they will star in an animated feature length film to be released on the 50th anniversary of the 1960s series in 2016. Here’s the (short) clip:
We don’t know much else about the film (or the possibility of sequels if it sells well), but my inner-six year old is very, very excited.