A new video from the Corridor Crew on YouTube has perfectly reimagined Robert Pattinson’s The Batman to feature Adam West’s 1960s version of the Caped Crusader.
Adam West originally appeared as Batman in the television series that debuted in 1966, as well as a feature film. The television series embraced the camp, goofy stylings of Silver Age Batman comics, which emerged when the introduction of the Comics Code Authority meant many of the darker elements in the earliest Batman stories had to be abandoned. While it is a million miles from the dark and gritty world of modern Batman movies, 1966’s Batman is iconic in its own right and renowned from its bright, ludicrous parody of the Dark Knight.
The Corridor Crew, a production company known for their visual-effects-oriented YouTube content, recently decided to revisit Adam West’s campy Caped Crusader and bring him into the modern era, editing him into this year’s The Batman in place of Robert Pattinson’s take on the character. The video revealed how the crew used industry-standard software, such as compositing tool Nuke, to replace Robert Pattinson and the trappings of his take on Batman with the 1960s’ original Bright Knight.
As well as replacing actors such as Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrel with their 1960s Batman counterparts, the video incorporates Adam West’s Batmobile and Batcopter and even reimagines the beloved 1960s Batman theme tune in the ominous orchestral style of The Batman‘s soundtrack. Check out the video below:
The video has already earned one particularly noteworthy fan in the form of The Batman director, Matt Reeves. “HA!!! This is amazing!” Reeves wrote on Twitter, in response to the reimagined trailer.
Maybe it’s time for a revival of the zany comic-book fun found in 1966’s Batman.
Here is the synopsis for The Batman:
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero and Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Barry Keoghan as The Joker.
The Batman is now available to own digitally and streaming exclusively on HBO Max, with physical media dropping on May 24. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the franchise and Colin Farrell’s Penguin, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.