75 years ago, one of the most iconic superheroes to ever grace the printed page was born. In 1939, Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the ultimate seeker of justice…BATMAN. And this year, at WonderCon 2014, DC Entertainment is putting on a huge celebration for this milestone event.
Last year we celebrated Superman’s 75th birthday with the newest film starring the Last Son of Krypton, Man of Steel. An amazing film and the perfect start to DC’s cinematic universe. But what about Batman? Well, we started off the year seeing him in the hilarious animated film, The LEGO Movie, voiced by Will Arnett. He will also star in all three DC Universe Animated films this year, starting with Justice League: War, which came out earlier this year.
His next feature will be Son of Batman followed by Batman: Assault on Arkham, based on the very popular Batman: Arkham video game franchise. And speaking of the game, it was recently announced that the newest installment of the mega-hit franchise, Batman: Arkham Knight, is set to release in October of this year. Batman also saw the release of his new weekly comic series, Batman Eternal.
So, with this shaping up to be the year of the bat, why not add some frosting to the cake and continue the celebration at this years WonderCon. They will be hosting a Batman 75th Anniversary panel on Saturday, April 19th at 4pm. The panel will consist of some pretty big names in the world of comics, such as the very talent Jim Lee, Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, Kevin Conroy, Peter Girardi, and Bruce Timm.
In addition, DC will join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation for special events including:
- The world premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Taking place Friday at 6:00 pm, the screening precedes a star-studded panel including the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars).
- A special screening of an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Scheduled for Friday at 2:00 pm, go behind the scenes of the fan-favorite series with a panel featuring the show’s producers and members of the voice cast.
- Son of Batman and Teen Titans Go! select voice cast signings will be held at the DCE booth (wristbands required). The Teen Titans Go! signing will take place on Friday at 1:30pm and signings for Son of Batman will take place on Friday at 3:30pm.
Fans attending WonderCon also have the chance to pick-up three exclusive variant comic books at the Graphitti Designs booth including:
- The debut issue of the new blockbuster weekly BATMAN: ETERNAL #1
- The latest “Riddler” themed cover of BATMAN #29 in a location-specific hue of blue from artist Greg Capullo
- The must-own debut issue of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 featuring an exclusive 3-D motion cover, never before seen and only available at the Con
And don’t worry, if you’re unable to make to the con, DC Entertainment’s website will give you all the access to behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews, and on Tuesday, April 22nd at 10am check out he WonderCon 2014 special edition of the DC All Access webseries.
WonderCon 2014 will be held April 18-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Head on over to www.comic-con.org/wca for more details.