“Batman” may never make it to DVD but the classic TV series has made it to HD, sort of. The Hub network broadcasts episodes of my favorite show four nights a week at 11:30 p.m. They zoom in until the 4:3 aspect ratio almost fills the 16:9 screen. It’s not a perfect fit but it looks pretty good for a 45-year-old show.
It’s been a while since I’ve watched “Batman.” In the late ’80s or early ’90s, I recorded all 120 episodes on 10 VHS tapes when some cable network, I think it was The Family Channel, showed them in order over the course of 12 weeks. At the time, I thought some scenes were missing. It looked like the episodes had been shortened to make room for more commercials.
This week, as I watched the three-part arc that started with “The Zodiac Crimes,” parts of it felt new to me. I remembered the cliffhangers, especially Robin inside a giant clam, but not all the details and jokes. I wonder if The Hub is showing stuff that The Family Channel removed.