Batman received a very prestigious gift just in time for his 80th birthday at this past WonderCon.
During the “Happy Birthday, Batman” Panel – attended by Batman: TAS alumnist Kevin Conroy, Gotham actor David Mazouz, Batman‘s Lee Meriwether, and DC CCO/Co-publisher Jim Lee – it was announced that Batman will be the first inductee into the Comic-Con Museum Hall of Fame. The event will take place on July 17, 2019 in San Diego at the Federal Building in Balboa Park. The event will feature celebrity guests that will include Batman-associated artists, writers, actors, and even authentic props and memorabilia from all kinds of media.
Created in 1939 by artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger as a parallel to Siegel and Shuster’s Superman, Batman has captivated generations of audiences having undergone various evolutions to coincide with the times. Taking influence from pulp figures of the 1930’s such as Zorro, The Shadow, and a movie entitled The Bat, Kane and Finger created a multilayered figure of the dark whose keen deductive intellect proved just as formidable as his fists.
Whether played for laughs or put back in touch with his darker roots, The Caped Crusader has never failed in retaining his relevance in pop culture, and his impact cannot be underestimated. Beyond his gadgets and vehicles, the character’s appeal has always been his very humanity and the pathos of his origin.