DC had a lot to celebrate this past weekend as it rang in 80 years of Batman. It was announced as well that Batman hit a new milestone and will be the first inductee into the forthcoming Comic-Con Museum’s Character Hall of Fame. The news was delivered by Jim Lee, DC Chief Creative Officer, and DC Publisher, at the “Happy Birthday Batman!” panel at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA.
Marking 80 years to the day since Batman made his first appearance on the pages of DETECTIVE COMICS #27 in 1939, the panel featured Lee, David Mazouz (Gotham), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Lee Meriwether (Batman), Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins), and Grace Randolph (Beyond the Trailer). Conroy during the panel shared how the character is especially important to him because “Batman has no powers, but he doesn’t let tragedy overcome him.” Mazouz added “Batman turns tragedy into strength. He turns pain into something positive for everyone around him.” Meriwether also shared her heartfelt memories of working on set of the 1960s Batman film with Adam West.
The panel also revealed details about the ceremony that will honor Batman as the first-ever inductee of The Comic-Con Museum’s Hall of Fame. The inaugural ceremony will take place opening night of the 50th San Diego Comic-Con on July 17, 2,019 at The Comic-Con Museum’s future venue, the Federal Building in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Tickets for the public will become available on June 3rd. For more information visit ccmgathering.org.
In addition to the panel, #LongLiveTheBat also trended online with fans across the globe wishing a happy birthday to the caped crusader, alongside the stars of Gotham, Pennyworth, Supergirl and Krypton.
Batman fans also celebrated with a special DC UNIVERSE stream free event. The DC UNIVERSE opened this past weekend its digital doors for a day of free Batman live action and animated films, TV series and comics. From Frank Miller’s landmark BATMAN: YEAR ONE to Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster to the epic Batman: The Animated Series, users are able to binge hundreds of the greatest superhero stories of all time. And, if 24 hours of Batman binge-watching is not enough, the first month of DC UNIVERSE will cost only $0.80 cents for new members who sign up between March 29, 2019, 12:01 EST and April 4, 2019 11:59pm EST.
DC will honor #LongLiveTheBat throughout 2019 from now until Batman Day on September 21. Fans can join in on social media using the hashtag #Batman80 and #LongLiveTheBat. Visit www.Batman80.com for the latest news and updates.