All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, the celebration of Batman 75th anniversary is no exception. With the new year approaching and holiday season upon us, now is a great time to take a look back and reflect on the year’s most significant DC Entertainment moments. These moments were spread throughout the pages of comic books, the big and small screens while others were real-life events that teased at what we’ll be reading, seeing and playing in the years to come.
This year, millions Batman fans around the world celebrated the legacy of one of the greatest superheroes of all time as the Dark Knight commemorated his 75th Anniversary. From the extra-sized, star-studded release of The New 52’s Detective Comics #27 to the massive success of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham(inspired by his performance in this year’s The Lego Movie) to the debut of the hit new TV drama Gotham, it was a spectacular year for The Batman. But that’s not all.
Warner Bros. debuted two original anniversary shorts, one directed by Bruce Timm and the other directed by Darwin Cooke. DC Collectibles launched a line of collectible figures based on the highly popular Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures series’. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the long-awaited 1960’s Batman television series on Blu-ray and DVD. DC Comics published Batman Eternal, the first weekly DC comic book devoted to a single super hero. The United States Postal Service released a set of Batman 75th Anniversary stamps. WonderCon, San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con hosted special Batman panels featuring luminaries like Frank Miller, Kevin Conroy, Jim Lee, Kevin Smith, Adam West, Bruce Timm and others who had helped to shape the character.
However, perhaps the most noteworthy moment of all had to have been July 23rd. While Batman’s anniversary was commemorated all year, DC Entertainment deemed July 23rd to be Batman Day, releasing a free special edition Batman comic book along with other items inspired by the Dark Knight. Retailers took the idea and ran with it, throwing parties that drew lines of fans that extended down the street. Fans took to social media to wish the Dark Knight a happy 75th. Websites wrote about Batman Day, newscasts reported about it and celebrities tweeted about it.
It is truly amazing that a character can still be so popular and culturally relevant after 75 years whole years. It appears three quarters of the way through his first century, Batman is still one of the most highly celebrated superheroes of all time. I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say “I hope I will be able to see Batman’s 100th anniversary and maybe even beyond”
How did you, the fans celebrate 75 years of Batman? Let us know in the comments below!