Review: Batman Beyond Complete Series DVD Box Set.
Just like the previous DC Animated series, Batman Beyond gets a complete collection box set. Now, this review isn’t going to be about the series per say, but more so about the box set itself.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Batman Beyond series, and without giving away too many spoilers, the show is set in future Gotham city where the digital age has all but taken over. Bruce Wayne, too old to continue being Batman, hangs up the cowl. Enter a teenager by the name of Terry McGinnis. Through a twist of events, Terry figures out Bruce Wayne’s secret and becomes the new Batman for a new Gotham. Throughout the show there are new villains, old villains, and appearances of old allies as well. The show itself is very well written and animated well for the time it was created. Almost ten years on, these story lines hold up very well.
The set itself is very nice. I do think there are some things that could have been perfected, but I’ll get into that in a bit. The DVD set consists of a long box with a clear slip cover. The slip cover has Batman painted on the cover so it blends in with the tech-Gotham based background of the box. When you open the lid to the box, the underside of the lid has part of the bat symbol printed on it which connects nicely to the art book that sits inside the box. The art book has the continuing portion of the bat symbol completing the picture as well as a profile of Batman. The art book contains character designs and background designs for the new Gotham. The book also contains the DVD information such as episode titles and dvd credits. Under the book is the DVD case that holds all the DVDs. The case itself is much like the Superman Complete Animated Series box in that it is one big thick plastic case in which all the DVDs are stored.
Like DC has done with their complete sets in the past, Batman Beyond: The Complete Series comes with an exclusive extra features disc. On this disc are 3 mini-documentaries ranging from 10-20 minutes in length.Tomorrow Knight: The Batman Reborn is about the process on how the creators of the show evolved Batman for Batman Beyond, Gotham: City of the Future shows how the creators came up with ideas for the future Gotham, and The High-Tech Hero shows off all of Batman’s new gadgets.
The one special feature on this disc, which I feel is one of the big reasons for owning this set, is an hour and a half documentary called Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics. This documentary chronicles the entire history of the DC comics from the pre-golden age of comics in late 1920s to the modern day state of the company today and covers everything in between. Many artists, writers, and publishers are interviewed within this documentary and tell a really interesting and exciting story of the company. I really think this was a great addition to the set and adds a little incentive to buying the complete box.
My complaints about the set are few and very minor. I personally was not a fan of the thin plastic flimsy slip cover of the set. It seems like a downgrade from the nice hard plastic slip cover from The Batman: The Animated Series complete set from a few years ago and the metal slip case from The Justice League: Complete Series box from a couple years ago. However, I can see why they chose to use the flimsy plastic as it hold the cover paint much better than a hard plastic slip cover.
I also wasn’t a fan of the one big thick DVD case that hold the discs. My only problem with this is that if one piece of the inside breaks off, all of clasps that hold the DVDs in the case will tumble all around the case, and these cases aren’t too common to replace if that happens. Again, minor complaint, but if I’m spending $70 or more on a set, the cheap cases that hold 8+ DVDs are not the way to go.
My last complaint was that (and this goes for any of DC’s complete DVD sets) is that they didn’t do anything new with the disc art for the DVD. It’s just the same discs that came in the previous season box sets all tossed into this new case. I think having new disc art that showcased the phrase “Complete Series” would have been nice, but I realize reprinting discs with new art takes time and money. So, I understand DC not wanting to spend money when they don’t have to. Minor complaint, I just think it would have looked nicer.
All in all, even with these very minor shortcomings,Batman Beyond: The Complete Series is a solid collection. It’s a great set for a great show that still holds up. I think any bat-fan will be proud to own this collection.