The definitive Batman for a generation of fans is finally making the leap to the Blu-ray format.
At New York Comic Con, Warner Bros. Home Video announced that Batman: The Animated Series will be getting a Blu-ray release in 2018.
The reveal came during a panel when DVD copies of Batman: The Animated Series were being given away. The moderator, Gary Miereanu (who also heads up WB Home Video publicity), held up a copy of the DVD set and mentioned to the crowd that it’s the last time they’re giving away this particular set. WB will be releasing Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-Ray “later in 2018," and that’s all that was said about it.
The Warner Bros. Shop followed up, making the announcement official and sending it wide with a tweet reading, “Batman: The Animated Series coming to Blu-ray next year. #NYCC.”
Batman: The Animated Series coming to Blu-ray next year. #NYCC pic.twitter.com/qqmy3iq5MF— WB Shop (@wbshop) October 8, 2017
The announcement of the Blu-ray release comes just after the 25th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series. The show debuted in 1992, hot off the Batman buzz built up by Tim Burton’s Batman movie and the sequel, Batman Returns, which released in the same year.
Batman: The Animated Series remains a frequently revisited staple of the Batman mythology for many reasons. It is arguably the purest distillation of Batman comics ever accomplished by an adaptation regardless of format. It introduced fans to the voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, roles both actors have continued to play in Batman video games and animated movies to this day. It also featured the first appearance of Harley Quinn, a character that has become so big on her own terms that she stole this year’s Batman Day from the Dark Knight.
Batman: The Animated Series was also the basis for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, regarded by some to be the best Batman film to appear in theaters to date, which also got a Blu-ray remaster earlier this year.
If you’re already thinking about which episodes of you should watch first once the Blu-ray set arrives, be sure to check out our list of the best episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.
Additional reporting by Sara Pesin.