When the sizzle reel and official trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders were released it certainly felt like the 60’s Batman television series being bought back. With both Adam West and Burt Ward returning in their iconic roles as Batman and Robin and the dialogue it further gave fans the sense that the upcoming animated film will be the campy tone that William Dozier created back in 1966.
Now it seems as though fans may end up being surprised as Burt Ward has left some cryptic details in the recent episode of The Batcave Podcast, implying that the upcoming release will be very different from what fans expect and will be shocked at what they will see in the film. I suspect it won’t be as dark as recent animated features or films, but perhaps closer to the tone of Batman: Brave and the Bold’s darkest episodes.
He does go on to talk about other projects he’s worked on, how it felt to work with Frank Gorshin (The Riddler), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Vincent Price (Egghead), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Burgess Meredith (The Penguin) ans Caesar Romero (The Joker. He also goes on to discuss how different it was to work on this film compared to working with 20th Century Fox on the TV Series and bit about working on the Filmation series in the 70’s.
Skip to 15:33 if you want to hear the point where he talks about it being different from what fans are expecting.