THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN: Such great, overdue news…
We’ve been saying for a very long time that Warner Bros. (or Warner Bros. Discovery now) needs to remaster and re-release the 1968 Adventures of Batman cartoon produced by Filmation.
Folks, it’s happening.
Check out the official news release from Warners (with some editing for brevity):
THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
POPULAR FILMATION PRODUCTION IS NEWLY REMASTERED FOR ITS FIRST-EVER RELEASE ON BLU-RAY™ STARTING FEBRUARY 28, 2023
BURBANK, CA – One of Filmation’s most beloved animated series has been newly remastered in high definition for release on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will distribute The Adventures of Batman: The Complete Collection on February 28, 2023, as a two-disc set featuring all 34 episodes of the classic series for $29.98 SRP (USA) and $39.99 SRP (Canada).
The Adventures of Batman was one of the spotlight animated television series to be produced by Filmation, who generated more than 50 animated series, over a dozen television shorts, specials and movies, and eight feature films. The Adventures of Batman was also paired with another famous DC Super Hero to become The Batman/Superman Hour.
Filmation veteran Olan Soule (Super Friends, The Towering Inferno) provided the voice of Batman, while American Top 40 co-founder & host Casey Kasem (Scooby-Doo franchise) played Robin. The supporting cast featured two-time Emmy Award winner Ted Knight (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack) as Commissioner Gordon, Larry Storch (F Troop) as Joker, and Jane Webb (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Archie Show) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.
Soule and Kasem became the reigning voices of Batman and Robin, respectively, for several years as the Dynamic Duo would appear in two The New Scooby-Doo Movies crossovers, various versions of Super Friends, and The New Adventures of Batman.
Premiering on September 14, 1968, The Adventures of Batman also featured Batman’s primary rogues’ gallery at the time – Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Riddler, Scarecrow, Dollman, Mad Hatter and Simon the Pieman – as well as some notable team-ups of those villains.
A few thoughts:
— The remastered Filmation Aquaman cartoons are gorgeous, so these should be beautiful too.
— The release is incorrect in one respect: Ted Knight played the show’s villains. Larry Storch did not play the Joker on the ’68 show. That’s an urban legend that will not die.
— It appears the set will include digital versions of the cartoons. What’s not clear is whether they will be able to be purchased from, say, iTunes.
— It’s also not clear when or if they will stream on HBO Max, whose programming decisions can be inscrutable.
— We’ve covered 1968 Filmation Batman up, down and every which way over the years, so make sure you check out the links below.
— The FILMATION BATMAN Index. Click here.
— The TOP 13 FILMATION BATMAN Episodes — RANKED. Click here.