6.7/10
1,537
40 user 5 critic

Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003)

When the Batmobile is stolen, Adam West and Burt Ward search for it while remembering their days as the stars of the Batman live action series.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Action

Batman and Robin are back in action to take down their fiendish foes once again with original actors Adam West voicing Batman, Burt Ward voicing Robin, and Julie Newmar voicing Catwoman.

Director: Rick Morales
Stars: Julie Newmar, Adam West, Burt Ward
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Batman, Robin and Batgirl fight crime in Gotham City with the "help" of Batmite.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Melendy Britt
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Whether you know him from his iconic role as Batman in the 1966 television series or from his bizarre portrayal of the Mayor on Fox's Family Guy, Adam West is sure to have made an ... See full summary »

Director: James E. Tooley
Stars: Ralph Garman, Tom Kenny, Seth MacFarlane
Batman: Strange Days (TV Short 2014)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Batman rescues a pretty blonde captive from Hugo Strange, who needs her blood for an evil experiment.

Director: Bruce Timm
Stars: Kevin Conroy, Brian George, Tara Strong
Birds of Prey (2002–2003)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey--Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress.

Stars: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten
Angel Town (1990)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Tenant helps landlord fight off local street gang.

Director: Eric Karson
Stars: Olivier Gruner, Peter Kwong, Theresa Saldana
Batman Beyond: The Movie (TV Movie 1999)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Decades after the retirement of Bruce Wayne as Batman, a boy dons the identity to avenge his own father's murder.

Directors: Curt Geda, Butch Lukic, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Sherman Howard
The Batman vs. Dracula (Video 2005)
Animation | Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Batman faces off against the original creature of the night, Count Dracula, who has been unintentionally resurrected by the Penguin.

Directors: Michael Goguen, Seung Eun Kim, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Rino Romano, Peter Stormare, Tara Strong
Batman: New Times (Video 2005)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Batman and Robin go on amazing adventure in the form of Mini Mate characters, in animated movie made by Dave School.

Director: Jeffery Scheetz
Stars: Adam West, Mark Hamill, Courtney Thorne-Smith
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Billy Zane, William Sadler, John Kassir
Batgirl (TV Short 1967)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the Gotham City library, Barbara Gordon helps Bruce Wayne find a book on butterflies so he can prove a point to a friend, a millionaire explorer. As Bruce and his youthful ward, Dick ... See full summary »

Stars: Yvonne Craig, William Dozier, Neil Hamilton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
...
Himself
Jack Brewer ...
...
...
Himself / Narrator
...
Waitress in Diner
...
Himself
...
Herself / Arizona Bar Owner
...
Woman in Window During Batclimb Sequence
...
Bonnie Lindsey
...
...
Jerry the Butler
...
William Dozier
...
Nghara Frisbie-West
Ray Buktenica ...
Robert Butler
Edit

Storyline

Adam West and Burt Ward are taken on a crazy adventure when the Batmobile is stolen from a car museum and they must track down the thief and return it. After solving a puzzle, they realize that the clues to finding the fiend who stole the Batmobile are hidden in their past. During the search, they flashback to their three seasons in tights, including their many sexual escapades. Ultimately they find the Batmobile, but get caught in the villain's lair. Tied to dynamite, will Adam and Burt get out in time? Tune in next time...same bat time...same bat channel!! Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Holy reunion, Batman!


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf den Spuren von Batman  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The desert scenes in 'Return to the Batcave' were shot in Palmdale, California when it was 115 degrees! See more »

Quotes

[after the Batmobile's been stolen and leaves fire-tire tracks]
Charity Event Host: The Batmobile's been stolen.
Adam West: [holding up his car key] Using my key.
Burt Ward: Holy tire tracks! Look, they go from two to one. It went out on two wheels. That fiend.
Adam West: He may be a fiend, but he's an excellent driver.
See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Best of Reunion Times
12 March 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

There are many kinds of reunion shows. One kind is where old actors are taken out of mothballs and set to recreate characters they haven't played for twenty or thirty years. These have mixed results. `Return to Mayberry', despite some silliness, was okay; `Return to Green Acres' as execrable (Eddie Albert used a word for the script I won't repeat here, but both it and the movie stink); `Rescue from Gilligan's Island' filled in a necessary gap in the story of the castaways, though the show itself was silly even from a `Gilligan's Island' viewpoint. In most cases, the scripts are weak; sometimes a silliness appears in the scripts that is too knowing – and in comedy it's nearly always fatal for the characters to know they're being funny. New characters are introduced who don't fit the mix. In the main, these reunion shows are pretty weak. A second sort of `reunion' show is the kind where the cast lays its past aside but sits around, telling stories, reminiscing, interspersed with flashbacks from the shows. Then there are movies based on the shows, which are rarely good; and movies based on the history of the show (`The Brady Bunch' has had both of these happen to it, with various results).

`Return to the Batcave' uses nearly all the above, with a wonderfully twisted viewpoint, which makes it the best of the reunion shows, and has raised the bar for the others.

Adam West and Burt Ward and summoned to a showing of the original Batmobile. While they are there, the car is stolen.

The Adam West of the movie is a man demented. He called Jerry, his butler, `Alfred'. He opens a bust of Shakespeare in his apartment and reveals a hidden pole to slide down to the parking garage. He's obsessed with being a crime fighter, when in fact he's merely a washed up actor. When the Batmobile is stolen he not only believes it's his duty as a crime fighter to recover it, he drags and unwilling Burt Ward in as his assistant.

The pursuit is largely loquacious, with West and Ward reminiscing about the old days. It is broken by `flashbacks' with actors playing West and Ward in the old days. The modern scenes and the `flashbacks' both have the wacky lack of reality the show maintained. There are also running gags that show West is able to make fun of himself: in Ward's book about his time on the show, he spoke frankly about West's libido and also his being a skinflint (West makes Ward pay for everything in their pursuit, down to tips and bus fare). The clues they follow, the characters they meet (even in flashback) all fit the mentality of the old series, and there are several homages, including a fist fight with written sound effects.

The whole thing is extremely funny and done with great panache. There are also cameos by Julie Newmar (looking like she's had one facelift too many) and Frank Gorshin, reminding us why he has such a cult following. Gorshin will be the Riddler when Jim Carey, his obvious successor, is long forgotten. The movie builds to a fairly obvious but funny climax.

This show is a model for reunion shows – unfortunately, there are few that can fit the pattern. This show had actors replaying their old characters; young actors playing a movie about the making of the show; the actors West and Ward reminiscing; and a modern-day movie with the real Adam West playing the demented Adam West. It has everything. If you loved the old show, this is the stopper on the bottle.


25 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DOES ANYONE HAVE A COPY OF THIS iamballroomblitz
Were the flashback parts real? xthe_bestx
is Yvonne Craig in the movie? ifurita12
Actress with knife? artimation
Will this be released on dvd mikewazowski63
song in the bar scene where Adam West dances Krackerhead26

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?