DC and Dynamite Comics takes us back in time with a reunion of two dynamic duos that many will say is long overdue. “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” sees the two pair of heroes and their sidekicks, Robin and Kato, joining forces to battle evil for a third time. Since all the actors from the television show have either aged far beyond being able to don their respectable costumes or passed on, it’s a dream pairing that could only be made possible in the pages of a comic book.
What could force Batman, the Green Hornet, Robin, and Kato to join forces again? How about the return of General Gumm and his sticky-fingered minions in Gotham City? This time the gooey crime lord has a cohort in villainy. The Joker has joined in on the dastardly depravity!
Filmmaker Kevin Smith works against stereotype by providing a clean and wholesomely entertaining adventure for any and all ages to enjoy. He’s joined in his mission by actor / comedian Ralph Garman of “Family Guy” and “Ted.” They work together to completely capture the spirit of the original “Batman” television show. I never watched much of “The Green Hornet,” so I can’t really make any comparisons to the characters and tone of that show and their illustrated versions.
Artist Ty Templeton teams up with a few other talents like Jon Bogdanove and Vicente Cifuentes to bring Batman, Robin, Green Hornet, and Kato to life again in vivid color. All the characters look like their counterparts on television. I especially am glad they decided to show Cesar Romero’s moustache under his face paint. Fans of Bruce Lee will no doubt really appreciate the opportunity to see their martial arts legend back in action in “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet.”
“Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” is everything fans of the classic television series could want. It’s a vibrant and campy extension of the wacky world of the more innocent and family-friendly Caped Crusaders of Gotham City and their reluctant Green partners in crime fighting. It’s hard not to hear the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Cesar Romero in your head as you read the dialogue of their characters and see their familiar faces in each and every panel of the book.
“Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” is available now in print and Kindle editions.