BAT­MAN: RE­TURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS Holy Lazarus!

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2016 | PG | Blu-ray/dVd/down­load Di­rec­tor rick Mo­rales Cast adam West, Burt Ward, Julie New­mar, Jeff Bergman

The Bat­man TV show has en­joyed a re­nais­sance in the past few years, from its own, pop-coloured comic book ti­tle to a box set of the orig­i­nal episodes, fi­nally sprung from years of rights hell.

Now comes this new an­i­mated movie, re­unit­ing the voices of orig­i­nal stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie New­mar. Ward still sounds as though he could slip into the tights; there’s more of a dis­con­nect with West’s voice. He’s clearly older but his comic gift is in­tact and he ef­fort­lessly re­cap­tures the dead­pan sin­cer­ity of the Caped Cru­sader, straight man to the uni­verse.

It’s all here: al­lit­er­a­tion-crazed di­a­logue, de­mented death traps, Cat­woman’s purr. A faith­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the ’66 Bat­man, it also pushes be­yond the lim­i­ta­tions of the orig­i­nal show: at one point the ad­ven­ture rock­ets into space, cour­tesy of a Bat-shut­tle.

Throw in some sly satire at the ex­pense of Frank Miller’s dreary old ni­hilism and you have a Bat-come­back to trea­sure.

Ex­tras Be­hind-the-scenes promo fea­turettes for an­i­mated movies Bat­man Vs Robin and Son Of Bat­man. Nick Setch­field

Ward and West also voiced the Dy­namic Duo in ’70s an­i­mated show The New Ad­ven­tures Of Bat­man.

“I’ve found an anti-age­ing serum!”

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