The Dark Knight turns 80 on March 30th and Warner Bros. is gearing up for a year-long party
As hard as it may be to believe, our beloved Dark Knight is celebrating his 80th Birthday this year. Who would have thought that Bob Kane’s iconic caped crusader would have built such a stunning legacy when he made his debut in DC’s Detective Comics back in 1939. Every incarnation since has added new trademark’s and appearances, and every generation has at least one incarnation that breaks the mould.
In the sixties, the late great Adam West donned the cape and cowl to become Gotham’s bright knight, while Michael Keaton revolutionised the Dark Knight for the nineties with his dark, broody and vengeful persona. Christopher Nolan revolutionised him during his Dark Knight trilogy and most recently, Ben Affleck donned the cape and cowl for his tenure as the DCEU Dark Knight. However, ask any Batman fan and they will tell you that the definitive incarnation of the Dark Knight ANYWHERE sprang from minds of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in the superb Batman: The Animated Series.
No matter which incarnation of the Dark Knight is “Your Batman” the character has ensured a legacy that will live forever and this year, to commemorate his 80th Anniversary Warner Bros. is determined to celebrate in a big way. Not only has the studio collaborated with Titan Books to produce three thrilling novels: Batman: The Court of Owls, Harley Quinn: Mad Love and Batman: The Killing Joke, but it will be prolonging the festivities throughout the year at various events around the world.
San Diego Comic-Con will see numerous Batman tie-in events, SXSW in Austin, Texas will release 1.5 million bats by moonlight and Detective Comics is releasing a limited edition commemorative comic titled Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman-The Deluxe Edition which will feature the prestigious history of the caped crusader and Funko is adding several exciting POP figurines to its line to commemorate the occasion.
If that wasn’t enough, Warner Bros. has commissioned a stunning new poster artwork to commemorate the anniversary which you can see below. The poster features several incarnations of the caped crusader presented beautifully in the silhouette of Batman himself.
Simply breathtaking. Happy Birthday, Batman. The world wouldn’t be the same without you.
To the Batmobile!
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