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Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.
Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when superhero movies were kiddie fodder and proud of it.
Yes, I know. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens this Friday (which is really Thursday night; Hollywood exists in a different time/space continuum). Everybody’s stoked to see it; well, everybody but ComicMix’s own Martha Thomases, who has already seen the movie. That’s just about the, what, twelve thousandth superhero movie to open in the past decade? I’m not complaining, as these days most of these movies – dare I say it? – are more entertaining than their source material. However, I’m not here to praise this crop of superhero movies for being adult-accessible. I’m here to wax nostalgic about the first time I saw a superhero movie in a real, honest-to-Crom movie theater. Or theatre, for those who drift towards the pretentious.
Let’s go back to late July, »
- Mike Gold
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks a tad different from what the trailer showed the world last week. Instead of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill squaring off against each other in the highly anticipated blockbuster, Christopher Reeve and Adam West take center stage in this parody preview. Reeve, who played the original Superman in 1978, fights against West's goofy Batman character that he played in the 1966 TV series. Batman's sidekick, Robin, also makes a cameo with old footage of Burt Ward included in the spoof. The actual trailer, however, is much darker than the parody video. Director Zach Snyder's preview begins with a narrator's voice asking, "Is it really surprising that the most powerful »
The late Christopher Reeve gets a nostalgic nod in a new retro parody of the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer. Reeve, who starred in the original “Superman” in 1978,” squares off against Adam West‘s goofy version of the Dark Knight, who he played in the 1966 TV series, “Batman.” The dramatic audio from the first teaser for the 2016 Warner Bros. release remains the same, while Reeve, West and even Burt Ward — who played Robin — take center stage. Also Read: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Trailer to Premiere Monday at Select IMAX Theaters “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Jordan Chariton
The theory that Batman and Robin are gay first appeared when a comic book hating psychologist attempted to convince the government that they were having a negative impact on youngsters. He believed there was a risk that the Caped Crusader’s adventures might cause children to become homosexuals, which was still seen as “wrong” in the 1950s.
None of that is true of course, and Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Dick Grayson – and the other kids who have been Robin over the years – has always been strictly platonic. If anything, they have a father/son relationship, which has evolved into a friendship.
Unfortunately for the Dynamic Duo, there have been a lot of comics over the years that have contained some very weird and unexpectedly sexual moments between the two. Even before the Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman’s adventures on the page began »
- Josh Wilding
DC and Dynamite Comics takes us back in time with a reunion of two dynamic duos that many will say is long overdue. Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet sees the two pair of heroes and their sidekicks, Robin and Kato, joining forces to battle evil for a third time. Since all the actors from the television show have either aged far beyond being able to don their respectable costumes or passed on, it’s a dream pairing that could only be made possible in the pages of a comic book.
What could force Batman, the Green Hornet, Robin, and Kato to join forces again? How about the return of General Gumm and his sticky-fingered minions in Gotham City? This time the gooey crime lord has a cohort in villainy. The Joker has joined in on the dastardly depravity!
Filmmaker Kevin Smith works against stereotype by providing a clean and wholesomely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Actors Adam West and Burt Ward confirm they will voice their 1960's TV characters of 'Batman' and 'Robin' in the upcoming animated feature "Batman '66", based on the classic 1960's "Batman" TV series, with Julie Newmar as 'Catwoman':
"...they did mention that it'll run 90 minutes and is intended for release next year...
"...as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the TV series..."
- Michael Stevens
According to 13th Dimension, Julie Newmar will provide the voice for Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the next year's animated take on the 1966 Batman TV series. Newmar made the most appearances as the character, though Lee Meriwether took over for the 1966 feature film and Eartha Kitt for the series' final season. Since then we've seen Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway rock the leather catsuit, but Newmar's interpretation is seen by many as the most puuuurrrrfect (sorry). Warner Bros. hasn't confirmed this yet, but if Newmar does return she'll join Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. »
Over the weekend we learned that former dynamic duo Adam West and Burt Ward would be reuniting for an animated feature film based on the beloved 1960s Batman TV series in 2016, just in time for its 50th anniversary. Now, we’re hearing that they won’t be alone.
According to Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension, Julie Newmar – famous for playing Catwoman in the 60s show – will be reuniting with West and Ward for the new animated movie. The news is far from official, of course, and should be taken with a grain of salt, but Greenfield promises that the info from his sources “close to the production” is “solid,” despite a lack of comment from Warner Bros.
So, who else would you like to see from the show come back for 2016 the animated feature?
- James Garcia
West And Ward Will Voice Animated Batman Film. Adam West and Burt Ward will be returning to their respective roles of the 1966 era Batman and Robin in an upcoming animated film. West and Ward themselves broke the news at last weekend’s Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina. The film will [...]
Continue reading: Batman (2016): West and Ward Reprise Their Roles in Animated Film »
- Victor Stiff
Stars of the 1960s TV show reveal they will be voicing the comic-book characters for a forthcoming feature-length animation
Rumour has it that the new Batman movie will borrow from iconic graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, featuring a grey-haired and jaded caped crusader. But 42-year-old Ben Affleck won’t be the oldest superhero around when he debuts in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, as original crime-fighting duo Adam West and Burt Ward have announced they’ll also be returning in a new feature-length film.
West, 86, and 69-year-old Ward starred as Batman and Robin in a highly popular TV show between 1966 and 1968, followed by a movie which marked the feature-length debut of the dark knight in cinemas. Now they are to return to provide voice work for a new Batman film.
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- Ben Child
Hot news coming out of the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina. Original stars of the hit 1966 live-action TV series Batman are returning to reprise their roles in a new animated movie. While an exact release date has yet to be announced, the film will hit Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in 2016. It will be released in conjunction with the big screen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it promises to provide a campy alternative to that film's more serious take on the DC superhero mythos.
Burt Ward, who played Robin in the original series, broke the news while participating in a Q&A with co-star Adam West. Both will return to their respective roles for this brand-new animated film. Burt Ward says the movie will run 90 minutes, and there is the possibility of a new animated Batman franchise, as a second movie is in the works. Though, a »
Next year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of Batman, the 60s series starring Adam West as the titular superhero and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne, and Burt Ward as the Dick Grayson version of Robin. But even though the series ended in 1968, the duo’s involvement with the iconic DC hero and the world he inhabits has not stopped there. Now news has emerged that both West and Ward will be lending their voices to one, possibly two new animated features in 2016.
Ward himself dropped the news at Mad Monster Con over the weekend, where the duo were part of a panel. No other details were revealed about the film, including what kind of tone it would take, but Ward specifically pointed out the fiftieth anniversary of the show in his announcement. The movie will mark Ward’s first return to »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you're a fan of the 1960s TV series adaptation of Batman, and you've been wanting to see Adam West and Burt Ward back in action as The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder, we've got good news. West and Ward will be back as Batman and Robin, but this time they'll be animated. Consequence of Sound (via SlashFilm) reports that the Mad Monster Party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina had a panel with Adam West and Burt Ward where they two stars of the original series revealed they'll be lending their voices to an animated feature film with the 60s versions of the DC Comics superheroes back in action. Read on! If you want video confirmation, here's the panel in question from the convention: The animated feature is currently slated to arrive in 2016, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original series, which debuted in 1966. That also just »
- Ethan Anderton
The 1966 Batman TV series has been experiencing a resurgence after Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox settled their decades-long legal battles over show rights in 2013. Since then DC Comics has been releasing new merchandise and creative material to give fans of the colorful, psychedelic series. Now a new animated project based on the TV series is being developed to coincide with the show.s 50th anniversary, and the original two leads are returning to voice the Dynamic Duo. Holy fantastic news! At the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend (via Consequence of Sound), actors Adam West and Burt Ward announced that they will be voicing Batman and Robin respectively for an animated 90-minute film coming out in 2016. While no specific release date was revealed, it.s possible it will be released around the same time as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters as a fun »
Holy animated reunion, Batman! Adam West and Burt Ward, who played the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder in the 1960s Batman television series, have announced that they’re going to reunite and lend their voices to a new animated Bat film in 2016, just in time for the beloved show’s 50th anniversary.
The two dropped the news during a panel at the Mad Monster convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend. The former dynamic duo, who have guest starred in various animated projects like The Simpsons and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, didn’t go into details about what the film could entail, but did say that it will run for 90 minutes and that there could in fact be two of them on the horizon.
- James Garcia
Holy retro coolness, Batman! In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the classic TV series, actors Adam West and Burt Ward will reprise their iconic roles as Batman and Robin for the animated feature film Batman '66. Based on the comic series of the same name, Batman '66 tells new stories set during the campy live action series that many of you likely watched growing up. West and Ward made the announcement at the Mad Monster Party in North Carolina this last weekend. »
- Alex Maidy
The grim-and-gritty Batman won’t be the only version of the caped crusader we’ll be seeing in 2016. Speaking at Batman panel at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend [via Consequence of Sound], Adam West and Burt Ward announced that they are lending their voices to reprise the roles of Batman and Robin, respectively for an animated film. Ward told the audience that the movie would be 90 minutes, and it would possibly be one of two animated project they’re working on. I’m a big fan of the 1966 Batman, and I’m interested to see how they’ll be handling the animation and tone for this upcoming feature. Presumably, it will still be lighthearted, but will the animation style emulate 1960s Saturday morning cartoon shows? Or will it be more modern? Either way, I’m incredibly excited to see more than one side of Batman next year. Here’s the video of the announcement. »
- Matt Goldberg
Fans of the classic 1960s Batman TV series have certainly been spoiled lately, what with the long-awaited home entertainment release of the show, in addition to a Batman ’66 comic book series, and a host of toys and other licensed merchandise.
Well, with the 50th anniversary on the horizon, now comes word that DC will commemorate the occasion with a feature length animated movie that will land in 2016 and see Adam West and Burt Ward reprising their roles as Batman and Robin. The Dynamic Duo broke the news themselves at the Mad Monster Party in North Carolina, and you can check out the video right here courtesy of Consequence of Sound (via SlashFilm)…
Are you looking forward to the return of West and Ward as Batman and Robin?
- Gary Collinson
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