The Cast Of Batman '66 Returns For A New Animated Movie

Video: It's been over a year since Adam West revealed that he and Burt Ward would reprise their roles as Batman and Robin for a new animated feature — but now we have the first look at it in action: Holy footage, Batman, it's a trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders! Featuring the vocal talents of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, Return of the Caped Crusaders is coming out in just a few months — but really, you should watch the first trailer, released through Entertainment Weekly yesterday, in which Batman explains to Robin the premise of their own movie while escaping being trapped on a giant TV dinner tray.

I'm already in love. According to, err, Batman, the movie will see the dynamic duo face off against the Joker, the Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman (with presumably new actors stepping in to replace the dearly departed Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin and Burgess Meredith) on Earth and in space. If this trailer is any indication, this whole goddamn movie is going to be a total delight.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available digitally on October 11, and on Blu-Ray November 1.


    Anything to wash the taste of The Killing Joke away... anything. This looks utterly fantastic!

      Anything to wash the taste of The Killing Joke away... anything.

      Here, try this BluRay.


      [BluRay turns out to be Star Trek V]

        You... YOU! YOU!!!!!!

          You did say anything! Does The Killing Joke seem better by comparison now? :-P

            Surprisingly no lol

              OK. Looks like I'll be renting or streaming it then.

              Without giving too much away (I'm very much out of the loop) what is so bad about the animated adaptation?

                Half an hour of out of charater interactions culminating in something that people have hated in the comics for years.

                Edit: That being said, a lot of people have been complaining about it essentially just retelling the killing joke word for word; which is hilarious when you look back at all the people complaining about the last three movies taking so many liberties with the story (me included).

                Animation style also feels odd compared to the current animated universe.

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                  Not only that, but totally miscontruing the entire end sequence. Batman and Joker just standing there looking at each other laughing. Not a single *hint* that Batman may have actually killed the Joker? It's meant to be ambiguous but the cartoon just leaves it at 'Oh they laughed and that's it!'

                  A very poor movie indeed.

                  Adapting something word for word can be a good or bad thing, depending on the directors intent. Here, the added 30 minutes harmed it. By sticking with the original text but slapping on 30 minutes that *completely* changed Barbaras situation from what it was into 'extra horny Batgirl with daddy issues', they shot themselves in the bat-codpiece.

                  @weresmurf Yeah, no ambiguity at all. Not even the metaphorical beam of light on the ground between their feet from an approaching police car.

          You... YOU! YOU!!!!!!

          I think this is the word you are looking for is .... KHAAAAAN!

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      I didn't think it was that bad tbh.
      Sure the batgirl prologue didn't hit how it should have, but the actual Killing Joke part was pretty faithfully adapted. If anything, the only thing I didn't like was the ending. I would have liked the more ambiguous ending from the novel. But I didn't think it was awful like people made it out to be.
      Damn pesky opinions....why'd mine have to be different....curses!
      *shakes fist in anger*

    Oops. Damn Wisehacker...

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    Speaking of how bad the Killing Joke was, I was given the Batman Beyond Return of the Joker DVD. That definitely made me feel better after the disappointment of the Killing Joke.

    It's amazing how Robin sounds the same, even though the he aged a lot. Adam West unfortunately, you can hear his voice change, he sounds more like Mayor West from Family Guy now instead of Batman

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      was going to post something similar - Burt Ward still has the chops to do some great voice acting, Adam West should be relegated to Stan Lee style cameos.

    Wow what a joke...come up with something new...Adam West sounds like he's dying.

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