The Dark Knight returns! Details revealed for incredible Batman: The Animated Series complete Blu-ray boxset

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A couple weeks back, we asked you folks about the greatest cartoon series from your childhoods. For many of you, the answer was immediate: Batman: The Animated Series. Created by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, Batman: TAS ran for 85 episodes from 1992 to 1995 and promptly changed the face or animated comic book shows forever.

Praised for its amazing noir aesthetic (Timm’s art style would be the template for nearly all DC Comics animated efforts after this), thematic depth, moody tone, and just all-around awesomeness, the show has been heaped with mountains of fully justified praise. It regularly appears at the top (or close to it) of lists of the best cartoons of all time, with equally praised animated shows, movies, comics and video games spinning out of it.

Batman: TAS had previously received home releases on both VHS (wiki link included for the youngsters) and DVD, but the last release was a decade ago and there was no word on an HD Blu-ray version. However, at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend past, during a 25-year anniversary panel for the show, it was revealed that a remastered Blu-ray box set would be released on 16 October!

Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition will not only contain the entirety of the series but also all 24 episodes of follow-up series The New Adventures of Batman, and animated feature films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero. Each of these come with their own bonus content, including a 60-minute long behind-the-scenes documentary on Batman: TAS. Along with the series and movies, the set includes three Funko POP mini-figures of Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn as well as a collection of 7 lenticular cards, a set of Arkham Asylum “case files” that spotlight Batman’s rogues gallery, and a deluxe art book.

There’s a catch though: the “Limited Edition” in the name is not just there for the hell of it as only 30 000 of these will be made available for $112.99. That’s a pretty good price for what you’re getting though which is probably why over 2000 copies were already pre-ordered within the first 24 hours of being listed.

You can check the full (VERY LONG) listing of all features with their descriptions below:

FEATURE FILMS

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Feature-Length Film) – When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name? Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in this dazzling animated feature. Discover revelations about Batman’s past, his archrival the Joker, and Batman’s most grueling battle ever — the choice between his love for a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is “a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving” (The Cincinnati Enquirer).

Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero (Feature-Length Film) – Batman faces his coolest case ever when Mr. Freeze returns to Gotham City and kidnaps Batgirl. While unraveling the mystery of Batgirl’s disappearance, Batman and Robin discover that she is part of Mr. Freeze’s frigid plan to save his dying wife – no matter what the cost. With time running out, Batman and Robin must find Gotham’s most cold-blooded villain and prevent him from putting Batgirl “on ice” forever. Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero includes all of the special features included on the original release: All four episodes of the animated “Mr. Freeze Saga” – Heart of Ice (Batman: The Animated Series), Deep Freeze (Batman: The Animated Series), Cold Comfort (The New Batman Adventures) and Meltdown (Batman Beyond); Art of Batman: Music Montage (Featurette); Get the Picture: How to Draw Batman (Featurette); Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes (Featurette); and an Audio Commentary featuring Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami and James Tucker.

FEATURETTES

  • The Dark Knight’s First Night Pilot Promo: Hosted by Bruce Timm (Featurette) – Witness the 1991 Batman promo reel as producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski discuss the origins of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Batman: The Legacy Continues Retrospective (Featurette) – DC luminaries join BTAS creators as they explore the combination of exquisite design and in-depth storytelling that helped create a once in a generation show.
  • Robin Rising: How the Boy Wonder’s Character Evolved (Featurette) – The evolution of Dick Grayson from young ward to crime fighter.
  • Gotham’s Guardians: The Stalwart Supporting Characters (Featurette) – Batman is not the only hero safeguarding Gotham City. This documentary focuses on the importance of the Dark Knight’s allies in the Batman mythology.
  • Voices of the Knight (Featurette) – Actors Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Adriene Barbeau, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Andrea Romano discuss the process of bringing their iconic characters to life.
  • Gotham’s New Knight (Featurette) – Barbara Gordon swings into focus in this exciting look at Batman’s trusted ally and equal, Batgirl.
  • Video Commentary: “House and Garden” – Watch along as Producer Bruce Timm, Director Boyd Kirkland and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • In-Movie Experience – Watch along as Producer Bruce Timm, Director Boyd Kirkland and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Introduction (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Dan Riba, James Tucker, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett and Andrea Romano discuss Gotham’s most popular rogues.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Clayface (Featurette) – Clayface personnel file revealed by Bruce Timm, Dan Riba and James Tucker.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini and James Tucker discuss bringing Harley Quinn to life.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Joker (Featurette) – Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss Mark Hamill’s inimitable Joker.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Mr. Freeze (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss MR. Freeze and the Heart and Ice Origin story.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Penquin (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Alan Burnett, James Tucker, Dan Riba and Eric Radomski discuss The Penguin.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Poison Ivy (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Alan Burnett, Dan Riba and Eric Radomski discuss designing Poison Ivy.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Ra’s Al Ghul (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Dan Riba discuss why Ra’s Al Ghul is such an exciting villain.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Riddler (Featurette) – This file discusses The Riddler and how creators differentiated him from the Batman ‘66 Riddler with: Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Andrea Romano, Eric Radomski and Dan Riba.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Scarecrow (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss the various iterations of the Scarecrow.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Two Face (Featurette) – Discussing Batman’s key nemesis are Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, James Tucker, and Dan Riba.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Ventriloquist & Scarface (Featurette) – Lively discussion about one of Batman’s most unique villains with creators Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski, Andrea Romano, and Dan Riba.
  • ”Concepting Harley Quinn” (Featurette) – Producer Paul Dini discusses how Harley Quinn was incorporated into the series.

SPECIAL FEATURES BREAKDOWN

Tour of the Batcave (Featurettes)

  • Batman
  • Utility Belt
  • Bat-Vehicles
  • Alfred

AUDIO COMMENTARIES

  • “On Leather Wings” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
  • ”On Leather Wings” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
  • ”Heart of Ice” – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Eric Radomski
  • ”Robin’s Reckoning, Part One” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
  • ”Heart of Steel, Part Two” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Kevin Altieri
  • ”Almost Got ‘Im” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Paul Dini
  • ”Harley and Ivy” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Boyd Kirkland
  • ”Read My Lips” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Boyd Kirkland and Shirley Walker
  • ”Harlequinade” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Shirley Walker and Eric Radomski
  • ”Over The Edge” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker
  • ”Critters” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker
  • ”Legends of the Dark Knight” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker

Last Updated: July 25, 2018

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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