In conjunction with the appearance of “Batman” original cast members Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar at Comic-Con on Thursday, Warner Bros. has announced that the much-anticipated DVD/Blu-ray collection of the classic ’60s TV series will be released on Nov. 11.
The collection will include all 120 episodes of the show, which ran from 1966 to 1968, and will feature a collectible set with such goodies as an exclusive Hot Wheels replica Batmobile, an Adam West scrapbook, vintage trading cards, photos from the series and a letter from Adam West to fans.
You can check out a preview of the collection below.
The revival of the campy but celebrated TV program ties into the 75th-anniversary celebration of the Dark Knight. Throughout the year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been feting the Caped Crusader with the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, a 25th-anniversary-edition DVD of Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning 1989 “Batman” film, new animated releases and more.
There are also more screen takes on the Dark Knight’s legend in the works: Fox’s live-action “Gotham” series is to serve as a sort of Bat-prequel centering on Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon, and shooting is in full swing for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” sequel, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Ben Affleck as Batman alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman and due for a 2016 release.
Earlier this year, Bat-superfan Kevin Smith talked to Hero Complex about working on “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet,” inspired by the classic episode of the series, and how he had to rediscover his love for the classic Adam West version of the Dark Knight.
“There’s a great comic book writer and artist named Matt Wagner. He’s one of the greatest talents in comics,” Smith said. “And he was talking about including the term ‘chum’ in a [Batman] book he wanted to do. And DC kind of kicked back at it, going, ‘Yeah, we don’t want anyone thinking about the old TV show anymore so we don’t want you to have him call someone “chum.”‘ And I was going, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right, who wants to think about that old Batman?’ And Matt Wagner said, ‘Don’t do that, dude, don’t sell out on your Batman. That was your first Batman. The only reason you know about hard-ass Batman is because you fell in love with the other Batman. With smiling Batman, with Batman on TV.'”
— Justin Sullivan and Margaret Wappler | @LATHeroComplex
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