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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.  (more…)

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Everyone was thinking that our next best hope for a less dour and apocalyptic Batman on the big screen in the near future was The LEGO Batman Movie in February, but now Will Arnett and Co will have to step aside for a moment when another Dark Knight cuts in. It’s been announced that Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the latest DC Comics Animated Universe movie, will follow in the very successful footsteps of Batman: The Killing Joke with a one-night only run in theaters before its home video release. For the first time in 50 years, Adam West and Burt Ward will be back on the big screen as Batman and Robin. (more…)

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You’d be forgiven if you detected a hint of melancholy hanging over this year’s Fan Expo Canada. Three out of the four surviving cast members of the original Star Trek series cast are here to mark the 50th anniversary, and there’s an entire section called the Stan Lee Zone dedicated to the Man’s final Canadian appearance. But two more 60s icons are calling it day after the show’s doors close on Sunday, and they are Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward. The two appeared at Fan Expo Friday morning for their final Q&A before retiring from regular convention appearances.  (more…)

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There’s a new animated Batman movie about to bring back the nostalgia of the 60’s television show as well as the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. Yes it’s campy, but it is campy FUN and it’s just the way we like it. There’s nothing wrong with a little light-hearted superhero action. Not everything has to be dark and foreboding… yeah, we’re looking at you Zach Snyder. So grab a bowl of cereal and watch this Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders trailer as you’re transported back to sitting way to close to the TV. You’ll ruin your eyes! (more…)

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Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar have been making the convention rounds teasing fans about an upcoming project. Now we’ve got an actual teaser for the animated project, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders that features the voices of West, Ward, and Newmar. There’s no better way to introduce Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader than Batman and Robin tied up in another villainous death trap set by some nefarious fiend. Set your Bat-feelings to nostalgic and check out this teaser. (more…)

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Whether you sleep in the Marvel camp or claim “DC FOR LIFE!”, there is absolutely no denying the impact that Batman has had on pop culture.  Sure, The Last Son of Krypton may get plenty of love too but when it comes right down to it, Batman has been leading the way for DC Comics for a good 50 years and the Caped Crusader is single-handedly responsible for millions of fanboys’ first foray into the world of comic books and, really, geek culture in general. As DC Comics’ leading mascot, Batman has starred in eleven live action films dating all the way back to 1943, countless animated movies, dozens of animated series’ and has been featured on television in different incarnations with different actors picking up the cowl.  When it comes to Batman’s impact on pop culture, there is absolutely no more influential depiction of the hero than 1966’s Batman television series, featuring (as if you need to be reminded) Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, respectively. This week, the series hit its fiftieth birthday, and after fifty years, the series continues to make its mark. (more…)

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For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?).

The show was short lived and it had a big comeback the last few years in popularity. The license was finally made available for merchandising, so not only did the episodes come out on Blu-ray, but toys, collectibles and a comic series were released.

And now, at a recent convention, actors Adam West and Burt Ward revealed they’ll be lending their voices to a full length, animated Batman 1966 movie scheduled for release on the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016. (more…)

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For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?). Looking back, it’s easy to call it campy and lame. Because, well, it was. But, that was part of its charm! Some may say it isn’t the best of anything to do with Batman – most fans who remember it, seemingly choose to negate its existence for latter-day criticism. However, it stands an important part of Batman lore and demands respect as a cultural cornerstone. For its time, it was a fun, imaginative and immensely accessible show – appealing to the young and old. To this day everyone  – even those who aren’t Bat-literate – knows the “Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Batman!” jingle. And gosh darn-it if George Barris-designed Batmobile wasn’t the coolest thing on four wheels? If it weren’t for this show, we might not have the Batman we have today. The Chris Nolan Batman trilogy, The Tim Burton movies, Batman the Animated Series, Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight Returns… these acclaimed creatives might not have gone on to make the best of Batman had it not been for Batman 66.

For true Bat purists and nostalgia enthusiasts, the Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin 1/6th scale figures by Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles are a must have. By golly Batman, if they aren’t the best realized collectibles of the dynamic duo ever made.

Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive samples from Sideshow Collectibles for review. So flip back the Shakespeare head and slide on down the bat pole with us as we take a in-depth look at these confounding crime fighters realized in 1/6th scale form.

Quick, to the review. There’s not a moment to lose! *Note: You are required to read this review out loud in the voice of an old-time radio broadcaster. (more…)

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San Diego Comic Con, the nerd equivalent of making the trek to Mecca – all nerd must do it once in their lifetime – begins in just a few weeks. Now as observers (not Observers) know, TV has taken on a greater emphasis at the Con, with some TV panels even taking place in the hallowed Hall H, a space once reserved for only the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, and it looks like this year will be no exception. With four big new comic based series hitting screens this fall, and the Blu-ray release of classic stalled for years by miles of red tape about rights, this promises to be a very big year for TV at SDCC. To plan your trip accordingly if you’re going, or to plan your news gathering ability if you’re not, here’s the schedule of screenings and panels for TV shows at San Diego Comic Con, including a DC TV mega panel Saturday night in Hall H.

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