Warner Bros. Announces DVD Release Date For Classic Batman Series


In addition, Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will promote the release at a major SDCC panel

Warner Bros. has set a November release date for the original Batman TV series on Blu-ray and DVD, clearly targeting the holiday gift season for one of the most-requested classic TV releases ever.

Despite the fame of the series and the enduring popularity of the Batman franchise, the iconic series has been unavailable (save for its sole theatrical movie spin-off) on home video for decades owing to complicated issues related to the licensing of music and celebrity cameos on TV series in that era. With those issues now (apparently) resolved, Warner Bros. is planning a major push for the series – including bringing Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and Julie Newmar (the first Catwoman), to San Diego Comic-Con for a high-profile panel in Hall H.

Batman ran on ABC for 3 seasons and 120 episodes between 1966 and 1968, and was the most widely-visible adaptation of Batman to generations of fans. Though it fell out of favor among some fans during the “gritty” era of comics fandom in the 80s and 90s, the series (which mixed the structure and stylized-acting of 1940s serials with a then-current 60s art/fashion aesthetic and comic-book sound effects) is remembered for contributing significantly the overall Batman mythos. In addition to “rehabilitating” what were at the time long-unused villains like Catwoman, Penguin and the Riddler, the series was the point of origin for Mr. Freeze and the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl.

Source: WB Online

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