2014: The Year of the Bat
Batman, Bruce Wayne and Gotham City have become an iconic part of popular culture since The Bat-Man (as he was known then) appeared in a 1939 comic and, this year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary in a big way.
“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans," said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, in a statement. "He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world.”
The Batman franchise remains the single most successful Super Hero film franchise with more theatrical film releases than any other Super Hero in history, with another scheduled for 2016 release. Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have been cast to play Lex Luther and Alfred, respectively.
In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever.
The celebrations begin with a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo, below.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. will continue to host a number of other events and activities throughout the year to celebrate including an exclusive “Cap/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, a new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, “Batman Day” July 23 where participating book stores, libraries and comic retailers will host a 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free special edition Batman comic, along with other events.