Batman: The Animated Series Comes to HD for the First Time Thanks to DC Universe [Updated]

Imagine this—but, you know, cleaner.
Imagine this—but, you know, cleaner.
Image: Warner Bros.

DC Universe, the upcoming streaming service/comic book depository/fan hub platform dedicated to DC Comics’ best and brightest, already has a lot of very interesting reasons to tempt us to sign up. Now it’s adding another in the form of Batman: The Animated Series. But not just any version of this beloved classic: This time it’s in HD.


We already knew Batman: The Animated Series would be heading to the service when it launches later this year alongside a host of other DC shows and movies, but a new tweet from the official DC Universe account today officially confirmed that, for the first time ever, the legendary Bruce Timm/Eric Radomski cartoon will be available in HD:

We still don’t know the specifics of just how BTAS will be making the leap into high definition—such as whether this is an all-encompassing remaster of the show or a just an increase in resolution, or whether or not the show will be in standard 720p HD, 1080p, or even 4K UHD. Or if this will be fans’ early chance to see the show in crisp cleanliness before it finally heads to Blu-ray sometime later this year.

We’ve reached out to DC and Warner Bros. for more information on just how shiny DC Universe’s version of Batman: The Animated Series will be, and will update this post if we hear more.

Update 07/09/2018 9:15am: DC has officially confirmed to io9 that the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series that will stream through DC Universe have been remastered and will be available in 1080p for the first time in the series’ history. The two seasons will be available in HD exclusively to DC Universe for a period, before becoming more widely available with the planned Blu-ray release of the complete show at a later date.

James is a News Editor at io9, where you can find him delivering your morning spoilers, writing about superheroes, and having many feelings about Star Wars. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!


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