The Batman '66 comic book is a kind of genius, telling new stories in the style of the original Adam West and Burt Ward TV series. It looks great on the page, with eye-popping colours and pop-art designs. The most obvious disadvantage, of course, is that the comic book can't benefit from Adam West and Burt Ward's performances. Warner Bros. have come up with a nifty solution there, however, and will spin-off the series for a new animated feature. Ward and West mentioned the film themselves when appearing at the Mad Monster Party con this last weekend. Here's the video, courtesy of Consequence of Sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOvzVVrqkJw If you couldn't play that, it's pretty simple. The film will be feature length, it will be out in 2016 for the 50th anniversary of the show, and there's a possible second movie being talked about already. Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. was the secret weapon of the Batman show. Unfortunately, he passed away last year. He's going to be a tough act to follow, but he did at least lay down some excellent groundwork. I would think this film could, with the right budget, be polished, attractive, funny and oddball enough to crossover to a wider audience in the way The Lego Movie did and, I presume, The Lego Batman Movie will. Nonetheless, it seems more likely that this will be a direct-to-disc production. A wasted opportunity, I think. Still, it might be amazing, and we're lucky to have it happening at all.
Brendon Connelly has been a film writer since the early 90s, with time on the staff of Orbit Magazine, Slashfilm, Bleeding Cool, Den of Geek and many more. He's a long time teacher of film studies and practical filmmaking classes, and has directed music videos, commercials, short films and more. His favourite film is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, his favourite food is pancakes or crepes, and he tries to live his life by the teachings of Kermit the Frog.