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Posted: 10/07/2016 in Uncategorized

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William Shatner to Play Batman Villain Two-Face

William Shatner will play the villainous Two-Face in an upcoming Batman animated movie.

NEWSMike Cecchini (Den of Geek)

Oct 6, 2016

Holy perfect casting, Batman!

DC Entertainment unveiled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders to a packed screening at New York Comic Con. The animated film sees the return of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar to the roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman, roles they made famous on the Batman TV series that ran from 1966-1968. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is delightful, and I’ll have a full review of it on the site in coming days. But that isn’t the big news.

After the screening, Adam West took the stage with writer/producers Michael Jelenic and James Tucker and director Rick Morales for a fun Q&A session with fans. The crowd was clamoring for a sequel to Return of the Caped Crusaders as soon as the credits stopped rolling, and after avoiding the question all night, the team unveiled their big surprise. Not only is there already a sequel in the works, but they’ve cast their villain: William Shatner will square off against Adam West as the biggest, most iconic batvillain to never make it to TV: Two-Face.

The NYCC crowd went bonkers.

No other details are available at the moment, although they did show off a piece of art showcasing an animated Two-Face who looks an awful lot like Mr. Shatner. I even took the photo at a crooked angle for maximum bat-villain effect…

Two-Face was originally intended for inclusion in the first season of Batman, and legendary sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison even wrote a script, “The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face” that was never produced, likely because of studio politics. That script was recently adapted for a special edition comic book, Batman ’66: The Lost Episode, written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and a cover by Alex Ross. “The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face” was only a single episode (rather than the two-part formatthat most Batman episodes adhered to in its first two seasons), so if the new animated movie is inspired by Ellison’s work, they’ll have to create considerable additional material to reach the usual 75-80 minute running time of most DC animated films.

Of course, Ellison did end up putting words in William Shatner’s mouth for the legendary episode of Star Trek, “The City on The Edge of Forever.” That combined with the fact that a Shatner vs. West showdown is a dream ’60s TV match-up (and young Shatner was certainly handsome enough for Harvey Dent), and the fact that making Two-Face the villain of the second Batman ’66 animated movie is right in keeping with his M.O., well, it’s just all too cool for words.

In a pre-recorded intro, Mr. Shatner said we can expect to see him as Two-Face “next year.” So maybe we’ll get this in 2017.

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