"Batman vs Two-Face" Animated Release Talkback (Spoilers)

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Batman and Robin face double the trouble in this all-new animated movie based on the classic TV series!


Batman vs. Two-Face
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: October 10, 2017 - Digital; October 17 - Blu-ray/DVD

Synopsis: As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, 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!

The late Adam West leads the star-studded cast in his final performance as Batman. The beloved actor delivers an inspired turn opposite fellow pop culture icon William Shatner (Star Trek) as the criminally conflicted Harvey Dent/Two-Face. The cast also boasts two more pop culture icons of the 1960s. Burt Ward is back for more “holy” fun as the Boy Wonder himself, Robin, and Tony Award winner Julie Newmar reprises her role as the fiendish feline, Catwoman. The voice cast includes 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).

The core Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders filmmaking team reprises their roles for Batman vs. Two-Face. Rick Morales (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract). Tucker and Jelenic and also Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

Batman vs. Two-Face Enhanced Content includes:
-“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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I'm surprised no one has commented on this yet. I thought it was a great movie, maybe even better than the first one. I loved the whole "camp noir" feel to it. It's a pretty fitting send off to Adam West and I even got a little teary-eyed at the dedication at the end of the movie. I could barely keep myself together when I watched the Comic-Con panel that was in the extras when they were telling stories about him. It's a really good movie and I do wish we were getting more after this one but this is also a good place to end the series too. Nice and open ended with a little bit of a finale feeling to it. I like how it gave a closer look to Batman and Robin's relationship but also gave us hope that things will work between Batman and Catwoman. I thought the animation was even better than the first one and thought Shatner did a really good job as Harvey Dent. His Two-Face voice was also great. This is probably my favorite Batman animated movie of the year.
 

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I think I liked this one more than its prequel. The pacing felt better, and the story was pretty intriguing. I liked this take on both Harvey Dent and Two-Face. He's a character that never appeared on the 60s live-action show, and even if would have appeared I kind of doubt they would have tried out a story quite like this. It was slightly darker than the style usually associated with 60s Batman but it still had is fair share of humorous and silly stuff, and it worked surprisingly well.

The focus on the friendship between Bruce Wayne and Dent was handled pretty well, and it's something not that many other cartoons have depicted. The partnership between Batman and Robin is also used effectively. Catwoman's scenes are good, and I appreciate they didn't spend too much time with her character, but still got the romantic sub-plot across. Similarly, I liked the bigger roles for the likes of King Tut and Bookworm, instead of going with bigger names like Joker and Penguin again.

All in all, a pretty great movie. It's tragic this is the last time Adam West could voice Batman but this is a good farewell performance. I also felt the dedications at the end were touching. Even more so after those crazy credits showing the characters dancing. The rest of the cast was fine as well, and William Shatner did a great job voice acting here.
 

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I think I liked this one more than its prequel. The pacing felt better, and the story was pretty intriguing. I liked this take on both Harvey Dent and Two-Face. He's a character that never appeared on the 60s live-action show, and even if would have appeared I kind of doubt they would have tried out a story quite like this. It was slightly darker than the style usually associated with 60s Batman but it still had is fair share of humorous and silly stuff, and it worked surprisingly well.

The focus on the friendship between Bruce Wayne and Dent was handled pretty well, and it's something not that many other cartoons have depicted. The partnership between Batman and Robin is also used effectively. Catwoman's scenes are good, and I appreciate they didn't spend too much time with her character, but still got the romantic sub-plot across. Similarly, I liked the bigger roles for the likes of King Tut and Bookworm, instead of going with bigger names like Joker and Penguin again.

All in all, a pretty great movie. It's tragic this is the last time Adam West could voice Batman but this is a good farewell performance. I also felt the dedications at the end were touching. Even more so after those crazy credits showing the characters dancing. The rest of the cast was fine as well, and William Shatner did a great job voice acting here.


YAY! can't wait!
 

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new clip from Batman vs. Two-Face, promoting the film's physical media release. Check it out below.


What are your thoughts on this new Batman movie?
 

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This was a better film than Batman and Harley Quinn, although in terms of recent Batman DTVs I still prefer "The Killing Joke". Still, it was a nice tribute to Adam West and it was bittersweet knowing this is the last time we'll hear him in a new production.

Random thoughts:
-The climax reminded me of "Batman Begins". I wonder if that was intentional.
-I didn't think Julie Newmar was able to mask her age as well as the three leads. But damn the Catwoman design was fine.
-I kinda wish the soundtrack would've emulated the sound of the old '66 series a bit more, it would've rounded out the package.
-Loved the characterization of Batman in this movie, very much fitting with the '66 version.
This especially comes out in the climax when he risks his own life to save Harvey Dent.
-Similarly, I like how the VAs who played the regular villains (Riddler, Penguin, Joker, etc.) emulated the '66 actors instead of the modern incarnations.
-The "strapped to the giant coin" sequence was probably the most memorable in the film for me, even if variants have been done before.
Speaking of that scene, was this the first instance in the animated canon of a villain unmasking Batman? It probably isn't, but I'm drawing a blank right now.
-I wonder how many younger viewers even know who King Tut and Bookworm are.
 

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I heard on of the interviews with the producers of the shows, that they had some ideas for doing Poison Ivy and Batgirl. While I'm hesitant for these Batman 66 animated movies to continue on without Adam West, I'm also hesitant to let some of the dropped and other ideas from the producers to go to waste.
It would be interesting if they had did a bit with the Burt Ward Robin becoming Nightwing.

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well I enjoyed the show. It was not as dark as described and Shatner did a great job. They all did. I hope they make more. I know Mr. West has passed but so what plenty of people can do him justice!
 

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I feel like this came and went a little bit... strange.

I really enjoyed it and felt it was better paced than the first movie. The cast was wonderful, with West and Shatner really impressing overall.

The only thing that really bugged me about these films was the fact that everything takes place at night. Simply didn't feel like Batman '66 at times. It's hard to recapture the magic but they gave it a good go.

RIP Mr West and thanks for all the good times I had watching The Bright Knight.
 

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More thoughts later probably but definitely felt like, for the lack of better words, 'straight camp' in tone -- as in it was still the campy Batman 66 show but they played it a bit more straighter than the first movie. I haven't sat down to identify it piece-by-piece, but it definitely felt like they slipped in some hints it took place in the late 60s transitioning into the early 70s. I liked how it was more character-driven and you saw a lot more of the interpersonal dynamics explored.

Among the cast from the show - West, Ward, and Newmar were in top form but the new entry, Shatner just owned it as Dent/Two-Face. Really impressive performance.

The extra scene in the special features (of the Blu-ray) was an nice little surprise, even more so when I realized it was a nod to a scene in Mad Love.

But as I was taking the disc out, I realized Hugo Strange silently slinked away almost like Tinkerer in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
 

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The tone of this movie reminds me of Batman: The Animated Series in that it goes into darker territory, yet is still accessible to a family audience. It's a nice tribute to Adam West. RIP.
 

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I enjoyed this movie, the twists kept on coming and everything felt awesome, a great send off to the legendary Bright Knight, Adam West. RIP
 

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Just finished it today, and while William Shanter does a good performance. I've gotta honest: between it being Shatner and the 60s Batman show, I was expecting something hammier. You know, your typical "Shatner Motif".

Either way, it was a nice goodbye to Adam West.
 

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Batman Vs. Two-Face

Okay, that was solid. Both of the animated Batman 66 films are what would happen if the show had any kind of budget at ALL. And yet even with the animated stunts they can now afford to do, Batman and Robin still climb down walls as if they are walking straight backwards filmed by a camera tilted sideways.

I also found it a nice touch how they were able to get Lee Meriweather to play Catwoman one last time. And it is the last time. Absent Adam West, no more of these movies are coming, at least not in the surviving stars' lifetimes.

William Shatner was great as Two-Face. They were even cunning enough to make Dent look like Shatner in the 1960's. The reason it's a good casting is that Shatner is precisely the type of famous TV star the old show would have gotten had it lasted long enough for Two-Face. He's famous, but he wouldn't have been too famous to do the show. Which is why he's a good casting. I was also pleasantly shocked at the differences he used in his vocal chords for Dent and Two-Face. They sound completely different and Two-Face sounds not like The Shat at all.

Feeding into nostalgia with Two-Face and Shatner was great. Do you know what didn't do it for me? Appearance by Harleen Quinzel. I personally believe that as far as Batman '66 goes, and I know the recent comic adaptation disagrees with me, that no Batman 66 project should ever have a comic or cartoon villain who debuted past 1968. It's toyetic fanboy casting, but people need to remember that Batman 66 was probably the Batman project less geared towards fans of the comics than any of the others. None of the villains they used were nods from the comics, and some cases like Riddler, they did things drastically different and improved them. I don't mind Easter Eggs around the Batman 66 show like cameos for Shame and Egghead. But I also don't think modern characters should be used either.

My two favorite jokes are the charity for fraternal twins because no twin deserves to be shamed for not looking as good as their sibling. That is a classic Batman 66 joke. It's absurd, and the premise is borderline offensive. Fortunately, unlike many of the cheap shots the show took at Indians, the scenario is so ludicrous as to not be able to truly offend anybody. But that's the kind of mean joke the show used to do at the expense of certain people in society. It's very clever they kept one of those while figuring out how to not make it offensive by modern standards. Neat trick.

The other joke I love was Batman stopping the fight and making sure Bookworm's moll gathered up all of his henchmen's glasses in her purse before the fight. Another classic Batman 66 gag.

I am going to miss Adam West, and wish we had gotten to revisit this continuity a lot sooner, so there would be more of it by now. But these two movies are Adam West as Batman swinging out on a high note. ****.
 
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Do you know what didn't do it for me? Appearances by Harleen Quinzel and Dr. Strange. I personally believe that as far as Batman '66 goes, and I know the recent comic adaptation disagrees with me, that no Batman 66 project should ever have a comic or cartoon villain who debuted past 1968.
Um, Hugo Strange dates back to Detective Comics #36, dated 1940. I do think that Ra's al Ghul was used very well in the comics team up of Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77.

As I stated before, I do think that the late Harlan Ellison's teleplay with Two-Face had a better story, but I did enjoy this movie for what is was.
 

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Um, Hugo Strange dates back to Detective Comics #36, dated 1940. I do think that Ra's al Ghul was used very well in the comics team up of Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77.

As I stated before, I do think that the late Harlan Ellison's teleplay with Two-Face had a better story, but I did enjoy this movie for what is was.
If Hugo Strange is that old, then it's okay he was in that movie. I'd be inclined to amend my review but my stupidity about that is already out there. We'll see.

Update:

Decided to amend my review after all.
 
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