The 78-minute animated film is actually the studio’s latest direct-to-DVD Discharge. nevertheless This particular came about in an unexpected way, featuring a pair of actors age 88 as well as also also 71, along with the show’s original Catwoman, Julie Newmar, also in her 80s.
The original series was produced by 20th Century Fox, premiering two years before DC Comics was brought under the umbrella of what was then known as Warner Communications. nevertheless the producers still had to do some fancy footwork, aided by the fact in which the same manager represented West, Ward as well as also also Newmar.
The “Batman” series — with its comedic tone, colorful theme song as well as also also “Biff! Bam! Pow!” graphics — is actually a stark departure by the image of the Dark Knight in which has emerged over the last 30 years. In fact, Warner Bros.’ last animated DVD, “Batman: The Killing Joke,” pitting the character against the Joker, is actually the first of those productions to carry an “R” rating.
The team at Warner Bros. Animation was nevertheless enthusiastic about having the opportunity to playfully send up the character’s past, in a movie in which contains all kinds of knowing insider references.
At one point, for example, a woozy Batman sees three Catwomen — resembling the different actresses who played her within the show: Newmar, Lee Meriwether as well as also also Eartha Kitt. as well as also also a recurring gag involves the character of Aunt Harriett implying in which the relationship between Bruce Wayne as well as also also Dick Grayson involves a secret in which has nothing to do with fighting crime.
“There’s a little bit of a leap of faith to make Batman which has a lighter tone,” said Michael Jelenic, who co-wrote as well as also also produced the movie with James Tucker, adding, “Everybody who worked on This particular project is actually pretty much a fanboy.”
West was famously critical of the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton for its darkness, a lament he reiterated about the recent movies at completely new York Comic-Con, where “Caped Crusaders” premiered.
The goal, Tucker said, was to create something in which “honored the old series,” not just for those who watched This particular, nevertheless generations in which might not be familiar with This particular comedic spin on the character. “Batman is actually probably the only hero who works equally well in both tones,” he said.
Warner Bros. is actually enthusiastic enough about the project in which they are already working on a follow-up — one featuring another octogenarian, William Shatner, as the voice of the Batman villain Two-Face.
The company also plans to develop additional classic titles, which has a Wonder Woman movie — an homage to the 1970s series in which starred Lynda Carter — on its wish list.
Despite the stars’ ages, the producers came away somewhat awed by West’s energy as well as also also vitality, as well as also also Ward’s ability to slip back into his youthful Robin voice, which Tucker described as being “like a magic trick only he knows how to do.”
“They take This particular seriously,” Tucker said. “They honor the characters as much as we try to.”
“Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” is actually available on Blu-Ray as well as also also DVD beginning November 1.