Fans of the 1960s Batman TV series will have a blast with this lovingly crafted animated adventure featuring the voices of original stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar.
Every bit as camp, colourful and cheerfully hokey as the original, the film pits Gotham City’s doughty crimefighters Batman (West) and Robin (Ward) against their most iconic adversaries, the Joker, Penguin, Riddler and, of course, Newmar’s purring Catwoman.
The plot is reliably silly (it revolves around the theft of a replica ray), a peg on which to hang all those tongue-in-cheek delights devotees of the TV show will remember: the alliterative dialogue; terrible puns; bafflingly cryptic clues that Batman solves in an instant; the ridiculous Bat-gizmos and gadgets and the priggish moral lessons (Batman pauses at one point to give Robin a ticking off for jaywalking).
West’s Batman temporarily goes over to the dark side after exposure to Catwoman’s personality-altering Batnip, but we’re a world away from Christian Bale and Ben Affleck’s dour incarnations of the Caped Crusader, with the copious fight scenes peppered with every comic-book ZAP! BAM! POW! you could possibly want.
This film premieres on 28 May from 10.30am.