There was a lot of buzz at Comic-Con over this collection of the animated series, BATMAN BEYOND. It is the latest awesome Warner Home Video to catch my eye. Warner Home Video will distribute this limited edition DVD set of all 52 episodes of the series on November 23. All things considered, this would make an excellent gift for the holidays.
The series provides an intriguing new wrinkle into the Batman mythos. The setup is that Bruce Wayne is now an old man, retired and done with crime-fighting. Enter Terry McGinnis. He is just a regular teen boy until one day his father is murdered. This echoes Bruce Wayne’s own family tragedy. To make it worse, the murder mystery leads back to Wayne/Powers Corporation.
This DVD set is loaded with extras, including a movie celebrating the 75th anniversary of DC Comics. There’s also tons of stuff about Batman and his gear. Lots of amazing voice talent, which includes Henry Rollins, from the legendary punk bank, Black Flag; Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) and George Takei (Star Trek). The production team, the writing team, everybody on board this one is providing you with quality product.
Press release follows:
BATMAN BEYOND: THE COMPLETE SERIES
LIMITED EDITION COMPILATION SET! INCLUDES ALL 52 ACTION-PACKED EPISODES
PLUS THREE NEW BONUS FEATURETTES
WARNER HOME VIDEO TO DISTRIBUTE DVD SET NOV. 23
BURBANK, CA (August 18, 2010) – Warner Bros. Animation’s breakthrough
series Batman Beyond comes to DVD for the first time in its entirety.
Featuring DC Comics’ iconic hero, Batman, Batman Beyond: The Complete
Series presents nearly 20 hours of animated action spread over 52
episodes, as well as all-new bonus featurettes and a 24-page, 8”x 12”
collectible booklet. Batman Beyond: The Complete Series will be
distributed by Warner Home Video on November 23, 2010 as a nine-disc
limited edition DVD set for $99.98 (SRP).
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an
ordinary teenager … until his father is mysteriously murdered.
Suspecting foul play at his father’s company, Wayne/Powers
Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity
hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman,
Wayne refuses to help – so Terry does what any brash young kid would
do: steal the Bat-suit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to
avenge his father’s death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out
with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage
capabilities in search of his father’s assassin. It’s 52 action-packed
episodes following the adventures of the partnership between an
ex-crimefighter and his apprentice, starring Will Friedle (Boy Meets
World) as Terry McGinnis and, reprising his seminal role, Kevin Conroy
(Batman: The Animated Series) as Bruce Wayne.
Casting throughout the series’ 52 episodes featured award winners from
feature films, primetime television and the Broadway stage – from Paul
Winfield, Stockard Channing and Seth Green to
William H. Macy, Wayne Brady and Teri Garr – not to mention George
Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Dan Castellaneta (The
Simpsons), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), George Takei (Star Trek)
and Henry Rollins (the front man for the rock band, Black Flag).
An all-star production team was headed by executive producer Jean
MacCurdy and producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami and
Paul Dini. Writers on the series included Burnett and Dini, as well as
Stan Berkowitz, Bob Goodman, Rich Fogel, Hilary Bader and John McCann.
Included in the beautifully custom designed package is a 24-page, 8”x
12” collectible booklet with the inside perspective and artwork from
the vaults especially compiled by DC Comics for this release.
Three new bonus features created specifically for the Batman Beyond:
The Complete Series are:
TOMORROW KNIGHT: THE BATMAN REBORN
The “Batman Beyond” creative team gives you a peek into the character
of Terry McGinnis, and what made him worthy to become the new Caped Crusader.
GOTHAM: CITY OF THE FUTURE
A look at Gotham City, circa 2039, and how the team built a realistic
vision of the near future while remaining true to the city they
created in Batman: The Animated Series.
THE HIGH TECH HERO
Explore the technology behind the Bat-suit, its amazing powers and the real world science that inspired it.
The collection will also contain the DC 75th anniversary documentary,
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics.
“Batman Beyond was a landmark series as it created altogether new
directions for the iconic character, and added dimensions for fans
both old and new to the Batman mythology,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice
President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. “Warner Home Video
is proud to release this important series in an all-encompassing box
set, just in time to make a perfect holiday gift for the ultimate
About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a
Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution
infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s
film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new
and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures,
Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
About DC Entertainment:
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as
Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD
Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with
strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC
Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to
unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not
limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment,
and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic
novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest
English-language publisher of comics in the world.
DC SUPER HEROES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original
animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, “Sinkin’ in
the Bathtub.” Since then, WBA’s characters have set the standard for
innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable
television, online, home entertainment and feature films both
domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its
creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the
studio’s rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use and
production of animated programming based on classic cartoon characters
from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the
most-honored animation studios in history.