DC celebrating the Batman’s 80th anniversary today and has put together this special montage created for the “Happy Birthday, Batman!” panel today at WonderCon 2019. The Batman 80th Birthday montage features special messages from Grant Gustin, Jon Cryer, Cress Williams, Paul Dini, Marv Wolfman, Denny O’Neil, Jim Lee, and Dan DiDio.
DC previously announced that the multifaceted campaign for the Batman 80th birthday celebration will include special theatrical engagements, the milestone release of Detective Comics #1000, live events, and first-ever Batman brand partnerships. As fans join together under the campaign’s tagline of #LongLiveTheBat, DC’s timeless character will be honored through Batman Day in September when the Bat-Signal lights up in major cities worldwide.
First appearing as socialite turned crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans for 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, apparel and lifestyle products, as well as, blockbuster animated and live-action films. There have been Batman trading cards, board games and newspaper cartoon strips, and the U.S. Postal Service has even honored Batman with his own postage stamps.
To commemorate the Batman 80th anniversary, custom artwork was created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media. The Batman profile pencil design is by beloved longtime DC artist José Luis García-López, and digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. This graphic will be featured throughout the celebration.