Whether he’s a brooding detective, a pun loving crusader or a tormented father-figure, no comic book character other than Batman has been re-envisioned more since his 1939 comic book debut. One of the most beloved and iconic live-action interpretations of the character is the 1966 television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The series, though only lasting three seasons, has garnered a widespread and steadfast following that dates back decades.
Recently, while attending Mad Monster Con, both West and Ward confirmed that they will lend their voices to a DC animated film based on the original 1966 Batman television series, and will voice Batman and Robin respectively. The film, which is expected to release on VOD sometime in 2016, will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the series. Ward elaborated on the project, even hinting at the possibility of a second Batman ’66 film being made.
“You can look forward to a new animated Batman full-length 90-minute feature coming out on the fiftieth anniversary. One of possibly two–but for sure one–that Adam and I are going to be doing the voices for.”
As a Batman fan myself, I was excited to hear the news of a new animated film starring West and Ward. I have a soft spot in my heart for their campy interpretation of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, and it’s great to see that both Warner Bros. and DC haven’t forgotten how popular the dynamic duo was and still is. Some have criticized Warner Bros. and DC for their supposed policy of only presenting dark-gritty superhero stories. Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with telling a story that’s grittier than others, but the criticism has been discussed in larger circles. Thankfully, shows like The Flash and this announced animated movie shows that DC is more than capable of inserting a little levity into their material.
Sadly, so little is known about the film itself other than West and Ward’s vocal talents being added to it. It’s reasonable to guess that the movie will tell an original story, possibly paying homage to popular scenes from the television series. Expect to see a number of bombs, sharks and the occasional brightly colored “POW” to come across the screen.
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