Batman Vs. Two-Face (2017)

Rating: ***
Review Date: 11/5/17
Director: Rick Morales
Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, William Shatner, cameo by Lee Meriwether

When Dr. Hugo Strange's new invention to extract evil from super criminals malfunctions, the accident transforms Harvey Dent (William Shatner) into the villainous Two-Face. Harvey is reconstructed and rehabilitated by his good friend Bruce Wayne (Adam West), but after a few months, a rash of crimes fitting Two-Face's M.O. are committed by King Tut and Bookworm. With Batman's judgement of Dent clouded by their friendship, Robin (Burt Ward) sets out on his own to see what Dent is really up to and how he might be involved. Mayhem ensues when the dynamic duo are caught and their secret identities are put on the auction block for Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Egghead, Shame, Mr. Freeze, Clock King, and Catwoman (Julie Newmar) to bid on.

It's a fun and lighthearted adventure that would mark Adam West's final performance as Batman. While he still sounds old and feeble, his voice seems stronger than it did in "Return Of The Caped Crusaders" (2016). Burt Ward and Julie Newmar are wonderful, and Lee Meriwether makes a cameo appearance as attorney Lucilee Diamond. William Shatner delivers a nice performance as Two-Face and slips into the role quite comfortably. It's always a treat seeing the old Rogue's Gallery show up, and the voice actors do an excellent job of capturing their classic personalities. A young Dr. Quinzel shows up as Strange's lab assistant and catches Joker's eye for the first time, which is a nice touch. It will be interesting to see if the "Batman 66" series goes any further after Adam West's passing. I suppose as long as there are good ideas and an appetite for the material, the Bright Knight will be here to stay.