If going to the theatres to watch The Killing Joke made you want to take a shower, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be more like a bubble bath. With toy submarines. And a puppy. Screengrab via YouTube
WB and Fathom Events announced that Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is getting a limited one-day movie release in the US on October 10, a few days after premiering at New York Comic-Con and before its digital release. Australians, however, are more fortunate - the movie will be in cinemas on October 8 and 9, according to listings by Dendy, Hoyts and Event Cinemas. This comes just a few months after the theatrical release for The Killing Joke, the divisive R-rated Batman saga based on Alan Moore's comic.
Much like Batman '66 took us back to the nostalgic roots of the comic book series, Return of the Caped Crusaders pays tribute to Batman on TV. Adam West, Burd Ward and Julie Newmar have stepped back in to reprise their roles as Batman, Robin and Catwoman.
According to the plot description, the dynamic duo take on the Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman in an epic but comical showdown to save Gotham City. The villains start a band. Our heroes are nearly killed by a TV dinner. Batman teaches Robin about the dangers of jaywalking. It's like a giant hug in movie form.
The showing also features a new featurette about the legacy of Batman's villains called "Those Dastardly Desperados".
After the mental and emotional exhaustion that was The Killing Joke, it will be awesome to see some good old-fashioned campy Batman on the big screen again. The good kind, not the bat nipples kind.