Special Edition Podcast

Special Edition – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Show Notes

The iFanboy Animation Brain Trust — Conor Kilpatrick and Ryan Haupt — welcome special guest Ron Richards to discuss the first DC Classic Original Movie: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the first animated film based in the Batman 66 world! Does it recapture the magic of that perfect piece of 60s pop art? Or was it a missed opportunity to wallow in the glory of the Silver Age?

Running Time: 00:30:30

Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders


“Batman TV Series Theme”
Neal Hefti


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  1. I was fortunate enough to see a screening of this a wee while back and I LOVED it, I was giggling the whole way through.

    You guys mentioned the Batman 89 line (“You wanna get nuts?”), which was followed up shortly after by a Dark Knight Returns line (the one about the operating table…and I’m the surgeon). I was kind of amazed by that, the fact that they were able to comment on the way Batman got “dark” in the mainstream after this TV series, within the context of the movie.

    At first, when Aunt Harriet hinted that she knew Dick and Bruce had a secret, I was a little worried it was going to turn into some kind of world-breaking fever dream (a “modern” Batman hallucinating this crazy 60s world, something like that.) Especially when Batman saw the three different Catwoman actresses. Glad they didn’t go that way, allowing for some meta commentary on Batman as a whole without destroying the pure joy of this particular interpretation.

    Great show guys!

  2. Commissioner Gordon, to Batman with awe: “…You paladin of virtue!”

    This animated movie rocked. What a pleasant gift to fans of the original series. And I so enjoyed Wally Wingert’s Gorshin imitation (NOT an easy thing to pull off) that I had to stop the movie to research the man’s entire voice-acting career lol

    Am eagerly looking forward to the sequel. Genius hams Shatner & West together for the first time?? Count me in!

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