Movie Review – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

When I was just a wee little lad, full of health and joy, I had a habit of watching the old 1960s Batman TV series. It was silly, and campy, and kind of hilarious, especially for a kid like me.

Of course, as I aged, the series came to be viewed as passe, and we had to make room for Tim Burton’s interesting, if unsatisfying, take on Batman. Things went from there. But I’ve always had  a fondness for the old series. And now we get what amounts to a new episode of it.

Yep, that’s Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar back as Batman, Robin, and Catwoman in this fun little animated feature. It also features various other actors playing characters like the Commissioner, O’Hara, Aunt Harriet, Alfred, the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin.

The movie is full of lots of fun little sight gags, and more than a few swipes at the darker, more serious take on Batman that we’ve had over the last several decades. It’s really a fun trip down Nostalgia Street.

Now that said, the movie has its flaws. The last third or so really drags, and isn’t as interesting as the rest. It’s like someone created a premise that had a good 45 minutes in it, but stretched it to 75. Eh, it happens, but it’s a bit frustrating given how good the first part is.

Still, it’s worth checking out, and hopefully we’ll get more.


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