Be prepared, friends! This year, we will celebrate Batman Day on 21 September 2019, and also the 80th Anniversary of Batman! Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Originally named the “Bat-Man,” the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.
Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. His origin depicts Bruce Wayne as a child, after witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime.
Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon, and vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any inhuman superpowers. He does, however, possess a genius-level intellect, is a peerless martial artist, and his vast wealth affords him an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment. A large assortment of villains make up Batman’s rogues gallery, including his archenemy, the Joker.
Batman utilizes a vast arsenal of specialized, high-tech vehicles and gadgets in his war against crime, the designs of which usually share a bat motif. Among them are Batsuit (his body armor), Batmobile (his primary vehicle), Batman’s utility belt, Batcave (his secret headquarters), and the iconic Bat-Signal, which is a searchlight with a bat-shaped insignia over the lens, which shines into the night sky, creating a bat-symbol on a passing cloud which can be seen from any point in Gotham, The Bat-Signal is activated by the Gotham City police whenever Batman is needed.
Batman became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, Batman, the following year. Batman has been licensed and featured in various adaptations, from radio to television and film, and appears in merchandise sold around the world, such as apparel, toys, and video games. Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Anthony Ruivivar, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, Jason O’Mara, and Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character’s voice for animated adaptations. Batman has been depicted in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Bruce Thomas, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, David Mazouz, Iain Glen, and Robert Pattinson.
The 80th Anniversary of Batman is celebrated throughout 2019, but for Batman Day celebration on 21 September 2019, DC and Warner Bros. have organized special events all over the world. One of the events is lighting up the night skies by projecting the iconic Bat-Signal in major cities around the globe. There are also Batman Day 5K Runs all around the world, the launching of a free Batman Day special edition of The Batman Who Laughs and Batman: Nightwalker in the US, Batman-themed build events, in-store giveaways, takeovers on its social channels, and many more.
If you do not know about Batman yet, Batman Day and the 80th Anniversary of Batman is the perfect time to get to know the World’s Greatest Detective!
What about you? Will you join the celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Batman? Let us know!
Holy eighty, Batman!