Warner Bros. announces Batman 80th anniversary plans

Warner Bros. is ready to get down and celebrate with Batman for 80th anniversary, and it has plans throughout the rest of this year.

While Batman’s actual anniversary is on March 30, the festivities will be going on until the end of the year. First up is at SXSW in Austin, Texas this month where Warner Bros. has planned a fly-over of bats by moonlight. How many bats? Oh, only 1.5 million of them. No, that isn’t a typo. 1.5 million live bats.

Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman-The Deluxe Edition will hit store shelves on this month celebrating the long history of the caped crusader.

On March 30 itself there will be a special Happy Birthday Batman panel at WonderCon, and San Diego Comic-Con in July will see numerous Batman tie-in evens as well. On Sept. 21 there will be 5K and 10K cosplay runs as well as Bat-Signals lighting up the sky in cities around the globe to celebrate Batman Day.

To also celebrate, Warner Bros. released a new piece of Batman artwork showing off Batman throughout the years which you can see below. It was explained as:

To commemorate this milestone, custom artwork was created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media. The Batman profile pencil design is by beloved longtime DC artist José Luis García-López, and digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. This graphic will be featured throughout the celebration.

If you want the full-sized version, it is linked below and will open in a new tab on your browser. Be warned, it is 53.6MB and 7246×9678

Batman 80 key main art - resized


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