It's been 75 years since Batman donned his cowl and took to the skies and streets of Gotham to stop insane criminals.
What a storied history it’s been for the Caped Crusader and to honor the milestone, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment will have a year-long celebration including special artwork and Batman-related activities. A new logo has also been released for the occasion, as shown above.
Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment said in a statement how much Batman means to his fans and, of course, to Warner Bros.
“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary, from billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”
Tsujihara is right about the popularity of Batman; the official release from Warner Bros. states that Batman’s “the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history,” also citing that more theatrical releases have been based on Batman than any other comic book character. Batman’s also got the rest of the superheroes beat in the video game market as well; the Batman Arkham franchise is listed as “the most successful Super Hero game concept ever.”
“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans,”The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”
President of DC Entertainment
and President/COO of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Naturally, a celebration of one of the most fascinating and lucrative characters ever means that there’s going to be a slew of products and events coming our way. So what can we expect? Well, as alluded to up top, we’ll have some cool artwork to see. There will be an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit debuting during the San Diego Comic Con International this July in (of course) San Diego, CA. The exhibit will include the work of 20 contemporary artists and their takes on Batman’s cowl and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game.
In the form of television and animation, we’ve got the Gotham series coming to Fox. Warner Bros. Animation has created, along with producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond), two new Batman animated shorts, set for an April debut. Timm will also be a part of a Batman 75th all-star panel at Anaheim, CA’s WonderCon April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s Batman Beyond-based short.
Tons of Batman-related products flood the market, such as the releases of comic books, the 1960s television series, t-shirts, toys and tons more. Fashion will also be a big part of the celebration; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has tapped fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit that will debut in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Finally, Batman Day will be celebrated at comic book stores, book stores and libraries across the country July 23. Fans in attendance will receive a free, special edition Batman comic. Don’t forget that the year-long celebration will also include the production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Batman and Superman film, which will be in theaters by 2016.
If all of this wasn’t enough, there’s also a Batman 75 Sweepstakes, seen at Batman75.com, which will give one lucky fan a prize package they’ll never forget.
There’s a ton of events and products to keep track of, but what better way to celebrate The Dark Knight’s anniversary than by taking a whole year to revel in his glory?
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