Batman vs. Two-Face
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Directed byRick Morales
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Edited byChristopher D. Lozinski
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Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
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Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Batman vs. Two-Face is a 2017 American animated direct-to-video superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and a direct sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It premiered at the New York Comic Con on October 8, 2017,[1] was released digitally on October 10,[2] and on DVD and Blu-ray on October 17.[3] Based on the 1960s Batman television series, the film stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprising their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman from the series.[4] It was West's final performance as Batman before his death, and is dedicated to his memory.

Plot

Batman and Robin meet Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent at a top-secret demonstration hosted by Professor Hugo Strange. Strange operates a machine called the "Evil Extractor" designed to siphon evil from criminals and store it in a vat. The containment vat explodes, drenching Dent with liquefied evil, which scars half his face and changes his personality. He is eventually given reconstructive surgery and allowed to resume crimefighting as the assistant to the Assistant District Attorney.

Six months later, the Dynamic Duo capture King Tut and his henchmen for stealing a biplane. Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara interrogate King Tut's alter ego, Prof. McElroy, with O'Hara constantly hitting the professor on the head with his truncheon to switch his personality. At trial, McElroy's lawyer Lucilee Diamond implies that the concussion is no threat to a mild-mannered man. McElroy admits his guilt, ready to suffer the minimum penalty of being rehabilitated in prison. After the sentencing, Dent and Bruce Wayne share a highball just before Dent leaves to attend a charity for underprivileged twins at the Winning Pair casino.

A package arrives at Commissioner Gordon's office, a World Atlas book marked for Batman, with its pages eaten away in three holes. After investigating Bookworm as a suspect, Batman and Robin deduce that the stolen books were all about duality and their suspicions turn to Two-Face. They head to an abandoned sign factory, with Two-Face and his henchmen waiting for them. After defeating the goons, Two-Face pins them with a large number two and the flip of his coin landing on the right side spares their lives. Once they have left, Batman theorizes that the Rogues' Gallery are uniting against Dent for foiling their criminal schemes.

Following Dent back to the lab, Robin is ambushed by Two-Face. Professor Strange corrupts him with some of the liquid evil and Batman is forced to fight and subdue Robin. Robin is cured him back at the Batcave and they follow Two-Face to the Winning Pair Casino, where he is revealed to be Dent. Once the Dynamic Duo are strapped to a large silver dollar, Two-Face unmasks Batman and deduces Robin's true identity. He invites several other villains to bid for the knowledge of Batman and Robin's identities.

With Catwoman's help, Batman and Robin defeat the villains, but Two-Face gets away on the biplane stolen by King Tut, intending to use the evil gas to remake Gotham City in his image. The Dynamic Duo shoot him down and with Batman's help, Dent regains self-control, defeating Two-Face for good as they escape the factory.

The next morning, Batman and Robin use the Batwing to cure the infected Gothamites. Months later, Dent holds a bachelor auction at Wayne Manor with the Caped Crusader himself as the first bachelor. The first bid comes from Catwoman.

Voice cast

Production

Development

The film is a sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders[5] and was announced as featuring William Shatner voicing the main antagonist, Two-Face.[6] Despite the death of Batman actor Adam West from leukemia on June 9, 2017,[7] West and Shatner recorded their lines separately with West finishing his lines by October 2016.[8] Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprised their roles as Robin and Catwoman.[4] Lee Meriwether plays a role that sees her character wear the iconic Catwoman costume as a reference to her performance as Catwoman in the 1966 Batman feature film.

The film included a tribute to the late West after the end credits ("In Loving Memory of Adam West (1928–2017). Rest well, Bright Knight").[9]

Music

The score by Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion & Kristopher Carter was released on October 6, 2017, on CD by WaterTower Records as an exclusive with FYE.[10]

Release

Batman vs. Two-Face premiered at the New York Comic Con on October 8, 2017[1] and was later released digitally on October 10[2] and on DVD and Blu-ray on October 17.[3]

Reception

Batman vs. Two-Face holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on eight reviews.[11] IGN awarded the film a score of 8.4 out of 10: "Batman vs. Two-Face is a worthy entry in the 1966 canon and a fine send-off for the late Adam West".[12] Writing for Starburst Magazine, Nick Blackshaw awarded the film a score of 8 out of 10, saying "Batman Vs. Two-Face is a very entertaining piece of animation".[13]

Batman vs. Two-Face earned $300,488 from domestic DVD sales and $823,442 from domestic Blu-ray sales, bringing its total domestic home video earnings to $1,123,930.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c "World Premiere of Batman vs. Two Face - Event Search (For Guest Page) - New York Comic Con - October 5 - 8, 2017". Archived from the original on 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  2. ^ a b c Batman vs. Two-Face Release Date Announced - Cosmic Book News
  3. ^ a b Gilyadov, Alex (14 August 2017). "Batman vs. Two-Face: Release Date and Box Art for Adam West's Final Batman Movie". ign.com. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Beth Elderkin (2017-06-14). "Adam West's Dark Knight Will Rise Once More in Batman vs. Two-Face". Io9.gizmodo.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  5. ^ "ADAM WEST and the Fate of BATMAN VS. TWO-FACE". 13thdimension.com. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ Anderton, Ethan (October 10, 2016). "William Shatner to Voice Two-Face in 'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders' Sequel". Slashfilm.com.
  7. ^ "Adam West Dead: 'Batman' Star Was 88". Hollywood Reporter. 2017-06-10. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  8. ^ "Adam West Finished Batman Vs. Two-Face Voice Work Before His Death". Cbr.com. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  9. ^ Tucker, James [@JTuckerAnimator] (2017-09-10). "No plans for a third movie. You'll find out when Batman vs Two Face comes out !" (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-06-04 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Harvey, James. "Press Details, Artwork For "Batman And Harley Quinn", "Batman vs. Two-Face" Soundtracks". dcanimated.com. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  11. ^ "Batman vs. Two-Face". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ Collura, Scott (October 9, 2017). "Batman vs. Two-Face Review". IGN. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Blackshaw, Nick (November 9, 2017). "Batman vs. Two-Face Review". Starburst. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Batman vs. Two-Face (2017) The Numbers Listing". The Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2019.