Finally, Batman Beyond has been remastered and is coming to Blu-ray this fall in a new box set that will bring the entire series home in HD for the first time ever. Last year, fans of the Caped Crusader had their prayers answered when Batman: The Animated Series, in a long-overdue move, made its way to Blu-ray in one nice, convenient package. Now, Warner Bros. has decided to do the same for this beloved series, as announced at San Diego Comic-Con and we have a video that shows just how stunning it's going to look.
The video showcases a side-by-side comparison of the upgraded quality fans can expect from the episodes. The color really pops and there is a great deal more clarity offered in the HD remaster. It's something fans of the series will surely be able to appreciate. The set will be made available on Digital HD as well as Blu-ray.
41 of the original episodes had been remastered in the past. However, 11 of the episodes had been damaged and it took some doing in order to get them updated for inclusion in the set. The episodes that needed special care include Eyewitness, Final Cut, The Last Resort, Armory, Sneak Peek, The Eggbaby, Zeta, Plague, April Moon, Sentries of the Lost Cosmos and Speak No Evil. So, the image on those episodes won't be quite as good, but still much better than what had been available up to this point. The 52-episodes will be spread across four discs, with an additional two discs included that are dedicated strictly to bonus features. Those features include four episodes with a commentary track from executive producer Bruce Timm, as well as 15 different featurettes.
Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition was announce during the Batman Beyond panel at SDCC 2019. Fans had suspected we could be getting some sort of announcement, but it was anyone's guess as to what that might be. To put the cherry on top of the whole thing, the set will also include the movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. That feature had previously been released as a standalone Blu-ray, but never part of a set. Those who pick up the physical box set will also get an exclusive Funko Pop! figure, as well as a set of lenticular art cards. We've included images of the box art for the set below.
Batman Beyond debuted in 1999 and takes place in the future. A young man named Terry McGinnis winds up taking over the role of the Dark Knight from an aging Bruce Wayne, who instead chooses to mentor Terry in the ways of crime fighting. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the box set on Digital HD starting October 15, with the Blu-ray release set to follow on October 29. Be sure to check out the image comparison video from the IGN YouTube channel below and keep up with the rest of our SDCC coverage throughout the weekend.