There was some hullabaloo last year, when Warner Brothers finally released Batman, the Animated Series on DVD
. Contrary to expectations, they gave it a proper treatise, releasing complete seasons in chronological order, with proper extras. Here at last, we see a version of the series that's been designed and built for it's true core audience: Adults.
The DCAU (DC Animated Universe
) has always been a strange foster-child of Warner Brothers. They never quite know what to do with it, who to sell it to, and who's actually paying attention to it. It took a huge online petition
from the core fan-base to get the series released the way they wanted it to be released. The problem has always been inherent in any DCAU product: On the surface, they're Saturday morning cartoons. But beneath the surface, they're actually pretty good entertainment. They featured well-rounded characters and great dialog, and while the plots were often simple (as was needed in a half hour time slot) they respected their audience. Even the most lunatic of villains seemed to have depth and dimension. To date, the DCAU joker is the best iteration of the character ever created.
I was gleefully happy to see Batman: TAS on DVD. After all, I'd been raised on a steady diet of Batman. I watched the Adam West version back when I was to young to understand that it was humor. "Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb!
" is still a great catch phrase for frustrating and frantic situations. As I got older and lost interest in the sillier version, the DCAU came along to fill the gap. The myth of Batman affected my childhood in innumerable ways.
But these things were all from younger days, the hazy memories of childhood, grade school, and *shudder*
middle school. These are not the Batman I truly remember, the Batman I remember is old, embittered, and brooding; Barking out commands from his cave as a younger protege caries on the fight.
The Batman I remember is Batman Beyond
While technically part of the DCAU, Batman Beyond has always been a bit of an oddball, the black sheep of the flock. While other parts of the Universe got respectful releases in chronological order, I watched as my favorite series was tossed out on once-off theme disks. Of all the DCAU, this is the one that Warner Brothers was determined
to sell to kids.
Thank the gods that someone finally changed their minds. I learned from katilyna
yesterday that they've released the first season on DVD
, in order mind you, and with proper commentary and extras. I've had most of Beyond on my computer for some time, TAS too for that matter...
but I think it's finally time to pay WB their due.