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DC shines the Bat-Signal around the world in honor of Batman Day

by Brittani Tuttle

Batman Day is rapidly approaching, and to celebrate 80 years of the Dark Knight, DC and Warner Bros. are projecting the Bat-Signal, along with hosting fan celebrations, around the world on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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The glow of the iconic symbol will light skyscrapers and landmarks across the globe as the sun sets in each city. Just like a solar eclipse, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“The Bat-Signal is easily one of the most recognizable images among all superhero iconography and this is going to be a remarkable sight as we transcend borders, languages, and cultures to bring us all together with this single experience,” said Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences. “We are proud to send up the Bat-Signal on Batman Day because it is an important beacon of inspiration that makes us all believe that it’s possible to take hardship and turn it into something good. Batman Day is a global celebration for all the fans.”

Fans can follow the festivities with the new, interactive Batman Bat-Tracker launched by DC. As cities turn on the signal, the Batman Bat-Tracker will mirror the real-time projections.

To see this event in person, all you have to do is go outside shortly before 8 p.m. local time in any of the cities set to light up the sky with the Bat-Signal. These cities include:

  • Melbourne, Australia at Fed Square facing Flinders Street
  • Tokyo at Magnet by Shibuya109 at Shibuya Scramble Crossing
  • Berlin at Potzdamer Platz 11
  • Paris at Galeries Lafayette
  • Barcelona at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • London at the Senate House
  • São Paulo at Itaúsa – LMB
  • New York, TBA
  • Montreal at Complex Dupuis
  • Mexico City at Torre Reforma
  • Los Angeles at City Hall

It wouldn’t be a Batman Day without a special celebration in Gotham City, so Barnes & Noble in Union Square is hosting a talent signing and panel discussion. Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, the panel will feature award-winning Batman writers and artists Scott Snyder, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion, IV and Brad Walker. There will also be special activities for kids and families all day long.

In Los Angeles, DC and Warner Bros. will host a Batman 5K night run and fan celebration. Fans can sign up to participate online here. Batman runs will also be held throughout Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

In the U.S., comic shops and bookstores will celebrate Batman Day with free special editions of “The Batman Who Laughs” and “Batman: Nightwalker.” Fans can visit DCComics.com/BatmanDay to find participating retailers and partners.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary with an “Injustice 2” mobile Batman arena marathon event held now through Sept. 24, in which fans can battle to win Batman rewards. DC Universe Online is also taking part now through Sept. 30 with two new Batman-themed in-game T-shirts. One is free to claim for all players, and the other is exclusively for DC Universe Online members.

If showing off your Batman style is more your speed, look no further than the new Detective Comics #27 capsule collection by Rooster Teeth, which features a fresh take on classic Batman art on high-quality T-shirts, hoodies and more. Other fashion brands like Bait, The Hundreds, and Converse also have new Batman apparel and footwear.

Batman was first introduced in Detective Comics #27 in March 1939, and was created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. The Bat-Signal first appeared in Detective Comics #60 in December 1941.

To learn more about Batman Day celebrations and offerings, visit Batman80.com.

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