Fans were crushed when news of Adam West‘s death was announced days ago. Though some “serious” Batman fans dislike his colorful, campy take on the Not-So-Dark Knight, to many, many more, West’s series was a huge portion of our childhoods and beyond. This version of ‘Batman’ ran in prime time from 1966-68, spawned a theatrical movie, and has lived on in syndication ever since.
In 2013, a new comic book was launched, ‘Batman ’66’ which was set firmly in the reality of West’s show and it proved to be a huge hit, leading to several spin-offs. Then last year, West, Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) lent their voices to the animated movie ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’.
Like ‘Batman ’66’, this project proved a hit and Warner Brothers Animation planned a sequel, ‘Batman: The Caped Crusaders Vs. Two-Face’. In a genius move, Two-Face– a villain who was never featured on the TV show– will be voiced by William Shatner!
And though no release date has been set, Warner Bros. announced that West had already completed recording his lines, so fans will actually get one last adventure with West’s Batman. Ward and Newmar also reprised their roles.
Newmar provided a picture of a page from the script:
The cast also includes Steven Weber as Alfred, Jim Ward as Commissioner Gordon, Thomas Lennon as Chief O’Hara and Lynne Marie Stewart as Aunt Harriet. Rick Morales directed the movie, with a script by Michael Jelenic and James Tucker.
The release date will most likely be announced at San Diego ComiCon next month and it wouldn’t be too shocking if they revealed some footage. Last year, ‘Return of the Caped Crusaders’ premiered at New York Comic Con and was given a one-day release in theaters across the country. It’s highly likely that Warner Brothers will make similar arrangements for the sequel.
Are you happy to get one last excursion with West’s Batman?
Source: 13th Dimension