The Batman Complete Series on Blu-ray Today
The Batman was a cartoon show that ran five seasons from 2004-2008, first on Kids’ WB, then the Cartoon Network. I’m talking about it like an encyclopedia because I’ve never seen it. (I’d quit watching cartoons for a while at that point in my life.)
Now comes an easy way to remedy that. The Batman: The Complete Series is out today on Blu-ray (plus digital copies). All 65 episodes are accompanied by several extras.
The premise of the series was the early adventures of young Batman (Bruce Wayne, in his 20s, voiced by Rino Romano), aided by Robin (Evan Sabara) and Batgirl (Danielle Judovits), and fighting familiar foes, all with new visual designs. It won six Daytime Emmy Awards during its run, mostly for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing.
Extras on this set — the first is new, with the others carried over from previous DVD releases — are
- The Dark Dynasty Continues – Explore the relationship between the Batman and his allies as he evolves from mysterious vigilante to the World’s Greatest Detective.
- Joining Forces: The Batman’s Legendary Team-Ups (Featurette) – How the series’ producers adapted the DC “Team-Up Tales” approach from the comic books to the screen.
- The Batman Junior Detective Challenge (Quiz) – Alfred tests your detective skills with The Batman: The Complete Series challenge.
- The Batman Junior Detective Exam: Level 2 (Quiz) – Pass the Batman test of knowledge with the level 2 exam.
- Building Batman (Featurette) – Detective Ellen Yin (Ming-Na Wen) investigates the Batman’s true identity.
- Gotham PD Case Files (Featurette) – Highly confidential profiles of the Batman’s most dastardly foes.
- New Look, New Direction, New Knight (Featurette) – Go behind the scenes to explore the development of The Batman television series.
- The Batman: Season 3 Unmasked (Featurette) – Supervising Producer Duane Capizzi talks about the animated series.
- The Batman: Season 4 Unmasked (Featurette) – A behind-the-scenes look into the making of season 4.
The tie-in comic was called The Batman Strikes!, which ran 50 issues. Which goes to show you, there’s always an audience for Batman.
I remember liking this, though it took me bit. It coming out so quickly after the end of the Justice league series. and it being such a different artistic style was odd at first. Yet it was fun at times, this was a Batman that didn’t know everything. As it went on and found it’s flow it got even better with Batgirl as his first partner, then bringing on Robin. A team-up with Superman was done very interestingly and didn’t make either character feel less. (Something I often thought happened too often in the Timm Verse) GL and Flash team ups were equally interesting as well.
Thanks for sharing those memories of it! It does sound interesting.