Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Batman/Superman Hour - 'New Adventures' Doubled: 1966 'Superman,' 1977 'Batman' **UPDATE/CORRECTION**

The Batman/Superman Hour - 'New Adventures' Doubled: 1966 'Superman,' 1977 'Batman' **UPDATE/CORRECTION**

52 episode cartoon collection will be available in February

Posted by David Lambert
    The New Adventures of Superman: The Complete Series THRILLS COME FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET! Originally produced by Filmation Associates, this animated Superman was among the first Saturday morning cartoon shows showcasing the adventures of a Super Hero. In each suspenseful, action-packed caper, Superman defeats out-of-this-world dangers like mermen living beneath the Earth's core, energy-controlling aliens and time-traveling magicians. Favorite villains the Toyman, Brainiac and archnemesis Lex Luthor also challenge the Man of Steel, but he doles out justice with the simple mantra "This is a job for Superman." The 36 episodes of retro fun will make younger and older spirits soar.

    The New Adventures of Batman: The Complete Series HOLY FLASHBACKS! Featuring the voices of Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin (reprising their roles from the hit live-action TV series), this animated version of the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder originally produced by Filmation Associates is revered by generations of cartoon fans. With heroine Batgirl and zany sidekick Bat-Mite, these brave heroes match wits with clever criminals like Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and the cosmis villain Zarbor. Using high-tech gadgets plus well-honed detective skills, the two teach their foes the same valuable lessons in every action-packed episode: crime doesn't pay in Gotham City. Swoop down upon this blast from the past.
From 1966-67, CBS aired the first season of The New Adventures of Superman, 36 animated episodes produced by Filmation. The second season ('67-'68) brought the production into The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and the third ('68-'69) made it into The Batman/Superman Hour. A fourth season from '69-'70 consisted of reruns from all previous three seasons. and those three seasons have all been released on DVD from Warner Home Video...the first season in 2007, and the second and third seasons together in 2014.

Those Batman segments from the third season - The Batman/Superman Hour - were aired separately later on as The Adventures of Batman, featuring the voices of Oulan Soule and the legendary Casey Kasem. However, in 1977, Filmation and DC Comics hit upon the idea of bringing back another pair of legendary voices, those of Adam West and Burt Ward, in a new animated production titled The New Adventures of Batman. It ran for 16 episodes (and were later that year re-run as part of The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour). That one-and-only season was released on DVD in 2007.

Now the Warner Archive Collection Warner Home Video is combining both of those 2007 DVD releases of The New Adventures of Superman - Season 1 and The New Adventures of Batman - The Complete Series into one new MOD (manufacture on demand) DVD release: The New Adventures of Superman/ The New Adventures of Batman: Double Feature. Those 52 episodes (36 Superman and 16 Batman) will cost $19.98 SRP, and is available starting February 13, 2018. You can pre-order it from the studio's WBshop.com online store (see button link immediately below), and here's a look at the packaging:

UPDATE/CORRECTION: The Warner Archive has informed us that this is NOT going to be a manufacture on demand (MOD) release, but rather a traditionally-produced DVD set which will be available in stores from Warner Home Video. We've updated the above to reflect this information, and we regret any misunderstanding. They also said that they believe this new set is simply a repackage of the 2007 DVD releases, with no different content included (which is what we expected).
Buy from WBShop.com The New Adventures of Superman/ The New Adventures of Batman: Double Feature

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