The Dark Knight. The Bat. Bat-Brain. Batsy. The World’s Greatest Detective. The Caped Crusader. The Winged Avenger.

It is amazing to see the levels of legendary status that his fictional non-superpowered hero has achieved on so many different levels. In the world of comics, Batman is probably one of the most beloved heroes that in the past 20 years has probably surpassed good ole Superman in popularity. From the classic Adam West version back in 1966 up to the Christian Bale version in 2012, Batman has seen a huge surge in popularity even beyond the geek world. Using his amazing intellect, superior combat skills, and unparalleled cunning, Batman has managed to get the upperhand on villans and superheroes alike without the need for mutant and superpowers. Setting himself apart and above most other members of the Justice League (and virtually all other comic heroes for that matter), he is a legendary fictional vigilante that roamed and policed the streets of Gotham City (aka NYC’s nickname) battling some of the most memorable and iconic villains ever.


Batman is set to digitally take the crown again as the Batman vs. Superman movie takes form. The studio that skyrocketed Batman’s digital legend, Rocksteady, announced their return to the Arkham series with Batman: Arkham Knight. As a true sequel (rather than a prequel as Arkham Origins was), this game will see the Dark Knight 12 months after the Arkham City game. As a huge bonus, the game will allow for players to journey through an open world Gotham City in the Batmobile or by leaping and swooping! There is even a brand new villain, called Arkham Knight, that Batman will encounter as well. This newest addition to the Batman gamespace will be on next gen consoles so gamers and Bat-fiends alike are buzzing about this new journey.

Happy 75th Anniversary, old Bat. I am.... ARKHAM KNIGHT
Happy 75th Anniversary, old Bat. I am…. ARKHAM KNIGHT

Well, it has officially been 75 years since Batman’s first appearance in comics via Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939.

“Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans. He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

This year, DC Comics and Warner Brothers Entertainment have a host of events and plans to celebrate everyone’s favorite detective.

Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

  • DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusive Batman variant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
  • Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.
  • Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own, original interpretations of  Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
  • Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of  Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s Batman feature film will be released in the fall.
  • Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.
  • Television – Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita).
  • Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of         Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.
  • Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.
  • – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit  The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.

Stay tuned for more!