Batman vs. Two-Face review by Bobby Blakey
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While there have been a variety of variations of Batman in TV and film there are few as iconic as that of the 60s Batman TV series. The series not only finally got the Blu-ray and DVD release they also launched a hit comic series featuring some great crossovers. They finally brought the remaining cast back together for the awesome animated feature Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders that was a hit with fans so now they are returning to this new universe once again with the latest animated feature Batman vs. Two Face.
Batman vs. Two Face follows Gotham City’s D.A., Harvey Dent who is transformed into the sinister split personality Two-Face when a device meant to remove the evil from the criminal mind goes haywire! Add in the crime creating chaos of Joker, Penguin, Riddler and the Dynamic Duo may be overwhelmed and outmatched. Can a helping claw from the coy Catwoman unravel this confounded case and foil Two-Face’s maniacal endgame? Much like the previous film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders not only takes it back to the vibe of the original series but brings along some of the original 60s series cast including Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether as well as some from the previous film including Thomas Lennon, Steve Weber, and Wally Wingert. The set a great tone with the previous film and it has carried into this latest chapter to perfection. Once again West and Ward are full in on their roles and have not missed a beat. The addition of Shatner as Two-Face, one of the only Batman villains to never appear on the series, was great giving the icon a chance to join this fun universe and he knocks it out of the park.
The story takes the usual direction using the ideal of the original series in pretty much every aspect right down to the funny quips and squeaky clean personas. The villains are all perfectly captured as well taking this film down a hilariously fun path that steps outside the possibilities of what the series could do including bringing in the fan favorites King Tut, Bookworm and more. As with all the DC animated film the animation is awesome and fully captures the essence of what they trying to do. They have delivered some great entries into their animated collection, but like the previous film this one is easily the most entertaining from the beginning to the end. There are the classic Bam! POW! Fights along with the over the top gadgets and silliness that fans have come to love about the series. I love the overall look and feel of this film and hoped that that we might get lucky enough to get a bunch of these, but with the sad recent passing of Adam West I not only doubt it I am not sure I want it without his involvement.
Whether you’re a fan of the original series or not there is no doubt that this film is a lot of fun. If you consider yourself a Batman fan of any kind then this is a must see and must own for any collection. In addition to the film this release also includes bonus content including featurettes and the Adam West Tribute Panel from Comic-Con Internationl 2017. Join in on the fight for justice with the dynamic duo with Batman vs. Two-Face available now on Blu-ray and DVD as well as Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.