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REVIEW: Batman vs. Two-Face – Adam West’s Finale as Batman

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 10:23 am by Andrew Kendall

Batman vs. Two-Face

Batman vs. Two-Face is a nostalgic return to the Batman TV series of the ’60s. While animated instead of live-action, the staples of the cast return to voice their characters. Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar reprise their roles while William Shatner voices Harvey Dent / Two-Face.

The main draw for this film is that it’s Adam’s West final performance as Batman, released posthumously. If you enjoyed the Batman TV series, Batman vs. Two-Face will be a fun homage. The puns, Robin’s excessive use of “Holy _!”, even a PSA for the audience, it’s all there. Unfortunately, the delightful magic of the TV show is somewhat lost within the animation.

Batman and Robin

Don’t get me wrong, I was still smiling throughout most the film and even chuckled several times, but the animated characters mostly didn’t work for me. A lot of the charm of the ’60s show was watching the serious performances of Adam West and Burt Ward alongside the campy dialogue and ridiculous narrative threads. In this film, Batman, Robin, and other characters were modeled to resemble their real-life counterparts which was slightly off-putting. The vocal performances of the cast were more than sufficient to bring the characters to life. However, if you saw Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders last year, and had no problems with it visually, my point is mute for you.

Two-Face

The screenplay is enjoyable and is brimming with familiar high jinks, but the plot might not be engaging enough for all audiences. Two-Face gets a unique origin story that would fit right in with the ’60s show, but the overarching story does take a bit to get going. It’s not all about Two-Face though as several other major and minor characters make appearances throughout the story. Keep a sharp eye out as there are many visual Easter eggs for die-hard fans to enjoy. All in all, while Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders might be a more fitting tribute and finale for Adam West’s Batman, this final film is still a treat to enjoy.

Batman vs. Two-Face is available now digitally, on Blu-ray, and on DVD.

Letter Grade: B

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