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- Apr 4, 2017
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Batman vs. Two-Face
Last year Warner and DC animated decided to shift away from the New 52 serialized films just a bit and create a few side projects. The most notable (and entertaining in my opinion) was the return to the good old 1960s Batman with Return of the Caped Crusaders. It had all the of the gleeful boyish charm of the 1960s TV series, as well as including a return to the cowl for Adam West himself, along with Julie Newmar and Burt Ward reprising their roles as Catwoman and the boy wonder himself. The film was cute, charming, right in the PG rated world, and utilized all of the classic villains and set pieces to recreate that old fashioned feeling. I was a bit hesitant on the recreation of that era, but Return of the Caped Crusaders was one of the more entertaining Batman diversions I had seen in quite some time, and the sales of the DTV discs proved that I wasn’t the only one. Thus prompting a sequel in the form of Batman vs. Two-Face. Burt, Adam and Julie all reprise their roles again, (with this being Adam West’s final role before passing away a few months back) to give us another adventure with the classic caped crusaders.
Harvey Dent has long been gone in Gotham City, and in his place reigns the criminal mind Two-Face (both played by William Shatner) after a science experiment gone wrong at the hands of Hugo Strange (Jim Ward). However, after much time and effort, Batman has rehabilitated the criminal and returned the scarred man’s face to its former human glory. Now, with Two-Face off the streets, Bruce Wayne can have his old friend back, and Harvey can get back to working in the criminal justice system once again. The only thing is, crime hasn’t slowed down much. King Tut is back on the scene again, soon followed up by an escape by Catwoman and an attack by the famed Bookworm. Each of these criminal enterprises seem to have ONE connecting theme running through them. A link of duality that can only mean one thing. Two-Face’s dirty little paws seem to be written all over it.
Bruce is reticent to believe that Harvey Dent could have anything to do with this nightmare, especially after Dent seems to be doing so good in his old job again. Combine that with the fact that his face has been healed from the gas that turned him evil, there HAS to be another explanation. Unfortunately, Robin doesn’t have the same sentiments that his mentor does. Suspicious that his old friend is letting emotions get in the way of his logic centers, Robin bitterly refuses to accept the thought that someone might be impersonating Harvey Dent’s alter ego, and soon the boy wonder and the dark knight are at each others throats while all of Gotham is in grave peril.
As I said, I will be sad to see this little sub series go, but the powers that be have said that they want to continue on with this serialized storyline. Unfortunately I don’t think that they will go on as West was the heart and soul of these two films, and the big draw for many of the viewers. Without him I fear that we have seen the last of the 1960s *Biff *Pow! films without good old Adam West at the helm. While that’s a sad thought, it’s also probably a wise decision, as stretching things out past their lifespan is one of the worst faults of many a series.
Rated PG for action, some mild language and suggestive content
• Adam West Tribute Panel/2017 Comic-Con International 2017 - At the 2017 Comic-Con International in San Diego, a panel celebrated the life and times of the late Adam West, the legendary "Bright Knight." Fans laughed, cried and cheered as actress Lee Meriwether (Catwoman from the 1966 Batman movie), director/writer/actor Kevin Smith, actor/radio personality Ralph Garman, producer James Tucker and moderator Gary Miereanu captivated the audience with anecdotes and tales about Adam West.
• Actors Burt Ward and Julie Newmar discussing various aspects of their lives, ambitions and inspirations.
Batman vs. Two-Face is a fun little jaunt back down memory lane, and one that has the perfect balance between light n fluffy, and fun action. Adam, Burt, Julie and Shatner all lend their iconic voices to the presentation, and the presentation truly benefits from their decades of talent. The movie itself is actually a slight upgrade over The Caped Crusaders, in my opinion, and is a well done Blu-ray to boot. Audio and video are solid WB/DC fare, and the extras while small in quantity, make up for that by being rather in depth and full of more goodies than I expected. Definitely worth a fun watch.
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, William Shatner
Directed by: Rick Morales
Written by: Michael Jelenic, James Tucker
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish DD 5.1
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 72 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Recommendation: Fun Watch