[This review contains spoilers]
This film included a tribute to Adam West, who unfortunately died this year. It’s sad to say then, that thought this film is fun, it isn’t as good as Bataman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It feels like a ‘filler episode’, like the type of content that you enjoy, not because this is the best you’re seen of a TV series, but because you like the characters.
If you didn’t like Bataman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, then there is nothing for you here. If you want a tribute to the sixties Batman TV show, watch that other film first.
Now, that’s not to say this movie isn’t fun, it is. It’s wacky and silly, but it’s not nearly as clever as the first film. There isn’t half the amount of word play in this one, and the film suffers as a result.
The plot is also a mess and doesn’t make much sense. That worked in the first film, because it was self aware, unfortunately that element didn’t transfer to this film. It also had a resolution that didn’t make any sense. Two-Face just ‘battles himself’ through talking. Even as a ‘good guy’ Harvey Dent seems like a rotten lawyer. Just sending people to prison instead of rehabilitation.
Though the evil extractor was a fun idea, and watching an evil ‘two-faced’ robin was rather amusing.
I think the ending was the best, when Catwoman bid on Batman for a date. That was funny. That felt like the previous film before the magic was gone.
The animation was consistent, more so than the first film. Though it was never good, or outstanding, remaining fairly average throughout the film. The art was nice, but unremarkable and the voice acting was great. Though the end credit did have some bad animation that just looped, that was odd.
I did like this film, yet I can’t recommend it. Again, if you liked the first film, give this one a shot. Even then though, it’s hard to say if you’ll enjoy it or not.