Last year’s Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated movie, which saw Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar return to the roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman, was an absolute delight. So when the announcement came that the sequel would feature a villain who had never made it into the original TV series (Two-Face) and that he’d be played by another iconic 1960s TV actor (William Shatner), fans went wild.
Unfortunately, Adam West died earlier this year, but not before completing his voice work on Batman vs. Two-Face, a new animated adventure that will pair him with Shatner as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
Check out the trailer…
This looks like a lot of fun, and it’s cool to see that we’re getting Hugo Strange and the Batman ’66 version of Harley Quinn introduced here, too. That’s a decidedly different origin story for Two-Face, but we’ll take it, as it seems perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the original show.
Two-Face was originally intended for inclusion in the first season of Batman, and legendary sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison even wrote a script, “The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face” that was never produced, likely because of studio politics. That script was adapted for a special edition comic book, Batman ’66: The Lost Episode, written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. That doesn’t appear to be the source material for this movie, though.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange and King Tut!
Check out the voice cast!
Jeff Bergman (Joker, Bookworm, Desmond Dumas), Sirena Irwin (Dr. Quinzel), Thomas Lennon (Chief O’Hara), Lee Meriwether (Lucilee Diamond), William Salyers (Penguin), Lynne Marie Stewart (Aunt Harriet), Jim Ward (Hugo Strange, Commissioner Gordon), Steven Weber (Alfred, Two-Face henchmen) and Wally Wingert (Riddler, King Tut).
This is indeed the same team who brought us Return of the Caped Crusaders. Rick Morales is once again directing from a script by Michael Jelenic and James Tucker.
Batman vs. Two-Face Release Date
As first spotted by our friends at 13th Dimension, Batman vs. Two-Face is out on October 17th, with a digital release a little earlier on October 10th. Expect a world premiere of some kind at New York Comic-Con.
Here’s the full list of special features:
“The Wonderful World of Burt Ward” (featurette) – Spotlighting Burt Ward’s life away from acting – particularly his many benevolent activities, and his lifelong devotion to the health and welfare of dogs.
Adam West Tribute Panel/2017 Comic-Con International 2017 – At the 2017 Comic-Con International in San Diego, a panel celebrated the life and times of the late Adam West, the legendary “Bright Knight.” Fans laughed, cried and cheered as actress Lee Meriwether (Catwoman from the 1966 Batman movie), director/writer/actor Kevin Smith, actor/radio personality Ralph Garman, producer James Tucker and moderator Gary Miereanu captivated the audience with anecdotes and tales about Adam West.
Actors Burt Ward and Julie Newmar discussing various aspects of their lives, ambitions and inspirations.
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