Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)

Movie Title: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Year Released: 2016

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 18min

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

Director: Rick Morales

Writer: Michael Jelenic and James Tucker

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Jeff Bergman, Sirena Irwin, Thomas Lennon, William Salyers, Lynne Marie Stewart, Jim Ward, Steven Weber, Wally Wingert,

Review: Holy rip-roaring revivals! Batman and Robin are back! The Dynamic Duo have returned to our television screens for an all-new adventure. When Gotham City's most vile villains - The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler - steal the revolutionary replica ray trouble multiplies quickly - and so does Batman! And with the real Batman under Catwoman's spell can the Boy Wonder take charge and save his partner and the city? Tune-in for retro animated entertainment as we welcome back, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders!

When I was growing up, nothing was more fun than running home after school to catch back-to-back episodes of the classic '60s Batman TV show. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is like being transported back to that time for 80 minutes of entertainment that will surely put a smile on your face and the theme song in your head. The campy sets and costumes, the silly dialogue, the over-the-top performances - they're all back, BIGGER, and more animated than usual! Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders keeps that fun feeling of the swinging '60s series while adding some very hilarious self-aware humor and in-jokes that celebrate the series and will without a doubt elate fans.

Legendary cast members of the original series return, too! Adam West is back as Batman, Burt Ward returns as Robin, and Julie Newmar once again purrs as the curvaceous Catwoman. They all seem to relish the opportunity to return to the iconic roles without missing a beat. It's like watching an episode that you missed all those years ago.

Like always, the plot is silly, with the fiendish foursome trying to take over Gotham City, even outer space, and turn Batman from foe to friend. It's so much fun watching Adam West's Batman go bad. What a great way to mix things up!

The animation perfectly captures the classic look and feel of the series; it's very reminiscent of the opening credits of the live-action show. And there's plenty of Biff! Bam! Pow! action as Batman and Robin let their punches and kicks dispense some justice.

I have to say I felt like a kid again watching Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It's nostalgic entertainment for all Batman fans, past and present. So get ready for some rollicking action-packed romps as the Caped Crusaders return to have more fun than you could fill the Batcave with - and probably Wayne Manor, too!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: When Batman gets hit on the head and sees three Catwomen, the duplicate Catwomen look like Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt.


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