‘Batman: The Complete Television Series’ gets official release date

July 25, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.
Original cast members Burt Ward, Adam West and Julie Newmar at the Comic-Con panel celebrating the release of the Complete Television Series. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Original cast members Burt Ward, Adam West and Julie Newmar at the Comic-Con panel celebrating the release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series.” (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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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5 Responses to ‘Batman: The Complete Television Series’ gets official release date

  1. Thomas A Casey says:

    I understand this won't be released in the U.K. Why?

  2. andy stylianou says:

    I think they wont release in uk.so they get world wide orders for usa release so warner make a lot more money that way,could also be cheaper for warner, also they get people buying multi region players, which I think maybe machine manufacturers sponser warner and share profits, which is dastardly fiendish, I think batman and robin should go to warner and fight all of the warner brothers the dastardly fienda, however maybe uk release date could be imminent where all will be forgiven

  3. andy stylianou says:

    I think they wont release in uk.so they get world wide orders for usa release so warner make a lot more money that way,could also be cheaper for warner, also they get people buying multi region players, which I think maybe machine manufacturers sponser warner and share profits, which is dastardly fiendish, I think batman and robin should go to warner and fight all of the warner brothers the dastardly fiends, however maybe uk release date could be imminent where all will be forgiven

  4. hal9000 says:

    Just another case of a bunch of smug, arrogant millenials flexing their lack of wisdom and inelligence. The TV series was what the comics were really all about. The newer, darker Batman is a disgrace to the legacy of Batman and DC comics.

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