fter last year’s Batman Return of the Cape Crusaders brought us a new adventure of the 1966 Batman team, Warner Brother’s animation has returned with this fun sequel which brings two new legends into the mix, Two-Face and William Shatner. Sadly the film also says goodbye to the man who has long personified the Caped Crusader, the last Adam West, but it does so in an endearing and sweet manner.
Two-Face never showed up in the original 60’s TV show and the absence of key road was always an odd gap in the shows history, now however that gap has finally been filled with Shatner stepping in as Harvey Dent and Two-Face. While Burt Ward and Julie Newmar are also back as Robin and Cat Woman. The actors voices has obviously aged but it’s something that you can brush off pretty quickly when the old shows unique vibe kicks in, things get started with Batman and Robin checking in on Hugo Stranges’ new scientific invention The Evil Extractor.
Also percent is Harvey Dent which has high hopes for Stranges’ new tech, but this being a Harvey Dent story things don’t go well for him and Two-Face is born and new yet appropriately 60’s Batman take on his origins. This is all pre credits action and by the time film proper starts Harvey is seemingly cured, but is Harvey really free of the Two-Face curse, there lies the mystery of Batman Vs. Two-Face which takes its time to solve that riddle, even while Batman and Robin find themselves in a series of mini missions.
Two-Face looms large over the proceedings but the Caped Crusader and the viewer finds themselves wondering how exactly can that be after Harveys’ cure, along the way there is a lot of fun to be had whether it’s good Shatner having a conversation with bad Shatner or call backs to indelible lines from the show, but it’s Wests mere presences here and the knowledge is this is his final turn as Batman that elevates the film in the end.
Batman Vs. Two-Face is a worthy entry in the 1966 cannon one that plums the depths of what comes from before, whilst also introducing some new elements. William Shatners Two-Face/ Harvey Dent is nicely realised and fits in well with this particular take on the Batman world, while Adam West brings his apparel charm and honest good humour to his iconic take on this character one last time, you’ll be missed old chum.