Bat­man: The Com­plete An­i­mated Se­ries Deluxe Lim­ited Edi­tion (Warner)

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The mys­te­ri­ous, men­ac­ing voice of Kevin Con­roy yields a time­less Dark Knight, one pro­foundly re­spect­ful of comic book lore yet mirac­u­lously suit­able for kids. The show’s ini­tial 1992-95 broad­cast put it at the twi­light of tra­di­tional cel an­i­ma­tion, and this first-ever re­mas­ter­ing re­veals a cap­ti­vat­ing tac­tile beauty. The in­cluded the­atri­cal re­lease Bat­man: Mask of the Phan­tasm is PG per­fec­tion, and the di­rect-tovideo Bat­man & Mr. Freeze: Subzero was to be a sim­ple tie-in to Joel Schu­macher’s Bat­man & Robin, but it far out­shone its in­spi­ra­tion. Bat­man’s deep rogues’ gallery is led by The Joker (the in­com­pa­ra­ble Mark Hamill) along­side Harley Quinn (Ar­leen Sorkin); all three are adorably im­mor­tal­ized here as POP! minifig­ures. A new fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary brings wel­come per­spec­tive, while a dig­i­tal copy of all 109 episodes adds mod­ern con­ve­nience.

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