"Holy spoilers, Batman!" Adam West and Burt Ward are back in 'The Caped Crusaders Return'

The actors, who starred as Batman and Robin in the 1960s TV show, are joined by Julie Newmar as Catwoman

Adam West, Burt Ward, The Caped Crusaders Return

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While Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight was far more warmly met than... a certain Oscar-winner’s take on the clown prince of crime, it turns out that an animated version of Batman might be just what the DC universe needs to set it right. And like buses, you wait ages for one to come along, and *WHAM* you get two at once.

2017 will bring with it Will Arnett’s second time lending his gravelly voice to Bruce Wayne, when the version last seen in 2014’s surprise hit The LEGO Movie gets his own spin-off in The LEGO Batman Movie. Directed by Chris McKay, the creative powerhouse behind the cult animated series Robot Chicken, the LEGO iteration of the Dark Knight promises great fun and a stellar cast, including Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, and Mariah Carey.

But those who cannot wait until February, but are pining for a more classic take on Batman can rejoice in the news that Adam West and Burt Ward, who starred in the much-loved and very camp TV series Batman in the 1960s are set to pull back on the tights one last time.

As the caped crusader and his boy ward, now aged 87 and 71 respectively, West and Ward have voiced the parts that made them world famous for a new cartoon adventure that takes all of its style cues from the 1960s series. Back too is Julie Newmar, now 81, as Catwoman, though regretfully the other actors who played Batman’s enemies (Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, and Frank Gorshin as the Riddler) have since passed on to the pearly gates of the great Arkham Asylum in the sky.

As made clear by the teaser trailer below, the new adventure for the old stars will pay homage to the wacky style of the 1960s live-action series, with the writers aping the classic lines (“Holy spoiler alert!”) will have fans of the show eager for more. Take a look at the trailer in full below:

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