This coming Monday in a theatre near you, it will be your first chance to see Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new DC Animated Universe movie, which is based on the Batman TV series that aired on ABC from 1966 to ’68. Getting to hear the voice of Adam West and Burt Ward as the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder again, along with Julie Newmar as Catwoman, will be a treat, but there are more than three reasons to check out the new animated Batman movie when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray in a couple of weeks.
To what are we referring? How about William Shatner as the voice of Two-Face, the former Gotham City district attorney turned bifurcated villain? It was announced at New York Comic Con that Shatner will indeed be playing Harvey Dent in the new animated movie based on Batman ’66, but the extent of his appearance, not to mention what the character will look like in the film, is still to be determined. Like the 1966 Batman movie, the main villains of the piece will be the team-up of Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman.
The inclusion of Two-Face in the film is interesting given the fact that he was never a part of the 60s series. According to lore, Harlan Ellison himself had concocted a Two-Face story called “The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face,” to be filmed for the series, but it didn’t go into production before Batman was cancelled in 1968. Ellison’s story was later adapted for a comic book in 2014, but aside from that, the 60s Batman has been largely Two-Face-less during it’s tenure. Of course Shatner would have been tied up in a little thing called Star Trek to be able to play Two-Face in ’66, but it’s hard to think of an actor that could fit so smoothly into the campy world of this Batman as Shatner. Sounds like good watching…
We’ll find out though when Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is released on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016