(August 18, 2010 – Burbank, CA) – 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). Order due date is October 19, 2010.
“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 frontman 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 fan.”
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.
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.