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Adam West's groovy interpretation of the The Caped Crusader returns in a new medium, popping in the realm of animation with the irascible energy of an exclamation-accented onomatopoeia.
All Critics (18)
| Fresh (17)
| Rotten (1)
Far and away, this is a light, easy, harmless, and amusing love letter to squeaky clean family-friendly entertainment of a bygone era.
After a year of dark and sad Batman movies, it was nice to break free from that and watch Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
If you're a fan of Batman - a complex, self-aware Batman that can be funny and dark, smart and utterly ridiculous, all at the same time - Caped Crusaders is a movie you simply cannot miss.
That said, the lack of a live action element and the transition to animation has allowed West's Batman to grow more bombastic, brilliant, and more brazenly silly than ever before
It's both a subtle jab at more dour versions of Batman in the mythology and acts as a stamp that marks West's version as a cunning and capable character.
I wish the film dove a little deeper into its subtext (the film teases the notion of other variations of Batman side-by-side with the Adam West version but doesn't go in that direction), but what's there is enjoyable and entertaining.
It felt so authentic to 60's Batman.
Of all the Batman movies that came out this year, it's the only one actually worth seeing.
It's not a continuation of the TV series that first brought Batman to our screens 50 years ago (nor the DC series, which occurs in the same universe), but it embodies the spirit that made the series so endearing over the years.
... this is a lark, a self-aware spoof that embraces the painful puns, alliterative exclamations, and deadpan delivery of the old show, right down to the Bat-gimmicks of the utility belt, with a plot that refuses to take itself seriously.
Fun, action-packed tale celebrates '60s TV version.
"Return of the Caped Crusaders" is the dose of camp we needed, even if I didn't think much of it.
After Batman has got so dark and serious over the years in live action and animation it was nice to see the old 60's camp fest even if I hated just about everything about the old TV series and the terrible 1966 movie, But this was much better than them thanks to it being an animation film and the fact that it takes shots at the old TV show, It was great to know the remaining original cast were voicing it too, The story was pretty good even if it's still camp as ever, The animation was pretty good too, Fans of the original Adam West Batman will adore this so much and hey it might even get the younger generation to look into the old originals too but I'm not holding my breath.
We got no less than six official feature-length movies starting Batman, and the best of them is an animated rehash of the cheesy 1960's show, because that's just the kind of year 2016 is.
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