Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader Review

[This review contains spoilers]

This film is based on the 1960s Batman TV show, you know the one, it’s incredibly entertaining and very easy to make fun of. Adam West, who recently passed on, returned as Batman. He does a great job of playing it straight, despite the goofiness of the story.

Batman becomes a villain, fires Alfred, and all that was just a distraction for the real ‘plot’. This film is a wacky Loony Tunes cartoon. If you want something serious, don’t watch this film,

The villains can be at times benign, committing a prank spree on Gotham, to robbery. Always leaving a path of destruction behind them. The police are so incompetent, they can’t even handle shoplifting. They’re a joke, which is the point.

And of course Batman has a spaceship.

You didn’t have to know that, but it’s something that I think I should emphasis. This is a cartoon, not just an animated film. It’s incredibly silly.

Catwoman flip flops loyalty at the drop of a hat, though her flirtations with Batman are rather humorous. It’s like they don’t even try to ‘beat’ each other.

Batman is a boyscout. There is no brooding here, only puns, lots of them…and alliteration. Wordplay is what really makes this film work, the script writers did a great job.

The animation is fine, though not always fluid. It could’ve been better, Batman Beyond is far more smooth, and I think that should’ve been achieved in this film. The art is nice, similar to the pages of a comic book, which I think is a compliment. Though again, it doesn’t look as good as Batman Beyond.

The CGI is fine, mainly used for vehicles. I’ve seen worse examples of it, but it could’ve been implemented better, I’m thinking of Gundam Unicorn or Pycho-Pass.

It isn’t the prettiest film, but the script and voice acting makes up for everything else. It’s that good and fun. I’d recommend this to any fan of superhero comics or films that want a different take on the genre. If you like the 1960s TV show, this is a no-brainer for you.

BAM! WACK! THRACK!

Give it ago, it might surprise you!

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