This is another last-minute re-tooling of our Weekly Penguin schedule. As you've surely aware by this point, the great Adam West passed away last weekend, so obviously The Bright Knight has been on my mind quite a bit. Naturally, I thought we need to feature more 60s Cobblepot in order to commemorate my childhood hero.
One of the very few 60s DC Penguin items I haven't showcased yet is the soundtrack to the 50th anniversary animation Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. We've already covered the movie itself and honestly I can't recommend it enough; it's genuine Bright Knight all over.
The soundtrack is composed by Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis and Michael McCuistion – all veterans when it comes to scoring DC universe – and was released by La-La Land Records. The score is a lot jazzier than the television or the motion picture soundtracks, strongly reminding me of Batman: Brave and the Bold. I see this is a good thing, since we're talking about an animated movie; more accentuated jazziness fits the brighter colours like a charm. And of course every time you hear Neal Hefti's beyond-legendary theme song you can't help but to smile.
With this we say our goodbyes to Adam West. As a designer Stuart Manning so well put it on Twitter:
No one will ever surpass Adam West's effortless cool as Batman. Others wore the Batsuit like armour, he wore it as if it were a tuxedo.