Batman Beyond: The Complete Series on DVD Tuesday, November 23
directions as the voice of Terry McGinnis in Warner Bros. Animation’s
breakthrough 1999 series Batman Beyond.
The popular voiceover actor took time last week to speak about his
days as the new Caped Crusader in preparation for the Tuesday,
November 23 release of Batman Beyond: The Complete Series, a nine-disc
limited edition DVD set that presents nearly 20 hours of animated
action spread over 52 episodes, as well as including all-new bonus
featurettes and a 24-page, 8”x 12” collectible booklet.
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an
ordinary teenager … until his father is mysteriously murdered.
Suspecting foul play at his father’s company, Wayne/Powers
Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity
hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman,
Wayne refuses to help – so Terry does what any brash young kid would
do: steal the Bat-suit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to
avenge his father’s death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out
with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage
capabilities in search of his father’s assassin.
The all-star production team was headed by executive producer Jean
MacCurdy and producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami and
Paul Dini. Writers on the series included Burnett and Dini, as well as
Stan Berkowitz, Bob Goodman, Rich Fogel, Hilary Bader and John McCann.
Friedle made his mark in live-action television and film from the time
he turned 10, starring in hit series like Boy Meets World and Don’t
Just Sit There. He gradually shifted his attention to voiceover work,
taking the lead in Batman Beyond and co-starring in Disney’s Kim
Possible to name but a few. Today, he primarily stays behind the
microphone, voicing such notable roles as Doyle on The Secret
Saturdays and Blue Beetle on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Here’s a brief Q&A with Mr. Friedle …
When you think back on all those Batman Beyond sessions, what are your
favorite memories of recording the series?
This sounds like a cheesy answer, but working with Andrea (Romano) is
just the greatest experience. Every week you go in and it’s amazing
and fun. You just never knew who the guest cast would be. My favorite
was recording Return of the Joker. Sitting between Kevin Conroy and
Mark Hamill for five days was pretty incredible. I learned more about
being a voiceover actor in those five days than I did in the five
months before that. Just watching the two of them work – how Mark got
so into the character, completely losing himself in that role. And
then there’s Kevin with that deep, booming voice, always sitting with
his back straight and working perfectly with the microphone. It was an