FULL DISCLOSURE HERE: In the past I've worked for Adam West, have had correspondance with Burt Ward and Wally Wingert (who is the voice of Tut and the Riddler is a friend).
Last year Warners Animation did BATMAN; RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS as an animated feature direct to video starring the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar all from the original show. Wally Wingert was there as The Riddler too.
I didn't care for it and my review of it is HERE.
I wasn't all that pumped when they announced a sequel since it's rare a follow up is better than the original but then they cast the Shat.
Simply put-- cast the Rocket Man and I'm interested. Granted I've never seen any of his recent TV work on those dramas but then I don't watch much TV-- but I did use PRICELINE and even bought stock in the company when it was first offered-- and Shat was the spokesman.
A few years ago Veronica got me in to meet the real Captain Kirk when he was in Boston and we sent this out as our Christmas card that year and many thought he was my dad.
So when they announced that William Shatner would be playing Harvey "Two Face" Dent I listened but I was still skeptical. Sometimes Shat can give a little too much Shat in his performance and it goes over the top but I waited.
NYCC had a preview screening of the film in October and my rogue agents on the ground there saw it and reported back that this was a better more noirish version of Batman '66 and that Shatner was great-- that was enough for me.
The story this time (and I'm happy to report there is a story this time) is much better constructed than the first one.
Harvey Dent is Gotham's crusading District Attorney and a good friend of Bruce Wayne. He calls Batman and Robin to come and witness Professor Hugo Strange conduct an experiment that will extract the evil from an individual and that experiment goes horribly wrong, as these things usually do and Dent is transformed into TWO FACE.
With a nod to Frank Miller's DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Two Face is handled really well here and we're not sure that Harvey Dent is actually Two Face. Shatner's performance is so good you aren't sure either.
There are some fun bits like Batman '66 Movie Catwoman Lee Meriwether as a defense attorney who ends up dressed as Catwoman, and a genuinely funny bit of police brutality against King Tut carried out by Cheif O'Hara.
I really enjoyed this one-- a fitting way for Adam West to hang up his cowl as Batman and giving us a great performance by Shatner making this one a memorable addition to Batman lore.
It's out on DVD and BLU Ray on October 17th-- grab a copy.