As with the previous few weeks, our Sunday Evening Video is also an entry in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide. Above you see the trailer for Batman vs. Two Face, a direct-to-video animated feature starring Adam West in his final performance as Batman. Joining West, who returned to the role that made him famous last year, are Burt Ward as Robin and Julie Newmar, as Catwoman.
New to the mix in this feature is William Shatner, who takes on the role of Two Face, the one major Batman villain who didn’t make it onto the original TV show in the 1960s. ABC thought the character was too gruesome, and rejected a script pitched to them by Harlan Ellison. That script was used as the basis for a comic book a couple of years ago, so this feature film offers up a whole new story that tells how Two Face came to be, and what made him that way.
Just the idea of West and Shatner acting together is priceless, but they both deliver really good performances here. In the story Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent is mutilated in a laboratory accident. When the duplicitous Two-Face embarks on a crime spree, Batman and Robin must solve the mystery of his identity while facing off against several other foes.
We lost Adam West this year, and Batman vs. Two Face is a terrific send off for the man who was Batman for an entire generation. You ought to be able to find this anywhere that DVDs or Blu Rays are sold, or hit up Amazon.
A note for the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide today. This will be our only post for December 10. Your PopCulteer has actually been in Chicago for the past week, and wrote all of the entries for the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide for the last ten days in advance. I’m back now, but still resting up from my trip, so we’ll be back in full force Monday for the final four days of the guide, with a huge master list coming on Friday. Thanks for reading PopCult and have fun giving these gifts.