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‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Praise ‘Brilliant’ DC Animated Film

Critics say it's the best work DC Comics has done since launching their direct-to-video animated movies.

Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders


In “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” Batman and Robin have their hands full when Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman raise hell in Gotham City. The animated DC film is directed by Rick Morales and features the original 1966 “Batman” series cast: Adam West voicing Batman, Burt Ward voicing Robin, and Julie Newmar voicing Catwoman.

The movie is now available in Digital HD, and so far critics are loving this new Batman adventure.

Scott Mendelson of Forbes called “Return of the Caped Crusader”  the “best Batman movie of the year.”

“‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ is a celebration of one of the most critical interpretations of the original character, one that offers a full-throated defense of everything it was regardless of how it is viewed in hindsight…It could use some tightening, but it’s totally entertaining while celebrating the legacy of its televised predecessor. It understands that the 1960’s ‘Batman’ television series is one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.”

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Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims wrote that it’s his “favorite DC animated movie yet.”

“It’s a highly enjoyable take on the characters and the aesthetic, and one that wrings more than a few surprises out of its premise of resurrecting the classic Batman for what is hopefully not the last time. For those of us with fond memories of the show, its cast, and its role as one of the most influential interpretations of comics — or for readers who liked ‘Batman ’66’ as a comic and need something to get us two hours closer to its crossover with Wonder Woman — it’s well worth checking out.”

Calling it “wonderful,” Mike Cecchini of Den of Geek was also a fan of the movie and added:

“‘Return of the Caped Crusaders’ should give DC animation fans hope, and fits nicely with some of the best work they’ve done since they launched their line of direct to video animated movies. With the promise that future installments will feature characters that never made it to the show (the sequel is already confirmed and will feature special guest villain Two-Face, voiced by William Shatner), the spirit of ’66 is alive and well.”

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The Daily Dot’s Michelle Jaworski thought the film was “good old ‘60s fun.”

“Well holy throwback, Batman: Warner Bros. just released the campy romp fans have been waiting for…It’s not a continuation of the TV series that first brought Batman to our screens 50 years ago (nor the DC series, which occurs in the same universe), but it embodies the spirit that made the series so endearing over the years.”

Katharine Trendacosta of i09 Gizmodo wrote that the movie is “downright brilliant,” adding:

“There are so many twists, some great visual moments that the show could never pull off, and enough jokes that no one can really come away from it upset that they saw it. Of all the Batman movies that came out this year, it’s the only one actually worth seeing.”

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