The arrival of Batman Day draws near, uniting fans around the world to celebrate the 80th anniversary of DC's Dark Knight, the World’s Greatest Detective. And to make sure that millions of fans gets to feel what it's like to be protected by the caped crusader, DC and Warner Bros. are lighting up the night skies by projecting the iconic Bat-Signal amidst larger fan celebrations in major cities around the globe. And it all begin on Saturday, September 21.
With a countdown similar to New Year’s Eve, the Bat silhouette will be projected onto skyscrapers and landmarks around the world in rolling fashion as the sun sets in each city. In Los Angeles, DC and Warner Bros. have announced their plans to host a special Batman 5K night run, which fans can sign-up to participate at DCBatmanRun.com. Batman runs will also take place throughout Asia in Shanghai, Manila, Singapore and Bangkok, in Latin American cities São Paulo and Mexico City, and Brisbane, Australia.
Until the day arrives fans can follow the full schedule and planned events with an interactive Batman Bat-Tracker launched by DC today. As cities flip the famous switch illuminating the insignia, the Batman Bat-Tracker will mirror the real-time projections. Full details and information, as well as the Bat-Tracker can be found at Batman80.com. But to see one of the projected Bat-Signals in person fans will need to make their way to the planned building ahead of 8:00 pm local time in the included cities. Melbourne, Australia begins the wave of Bat-Signaling at Fed Square facing Flinders Street, 9 hours ahead of London, and 14 hours ahead of the original Gotham, New York City. Pam Lifford, President of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences explains the meaning behind the movement via DC's official press release:
The Bat-Signal is easily one of the most recognizable images among all superhero iconography and this is going to be a remarkable sight as we transcend borders, languages and cultures to bring us all together with this single experience. We are proud to send up the Bat-Signal on Batman Day because it is an important beacon of inspiration that makes us all believe that it’s possible to take hardship and turn it into something good. Batman Day is a global celebration for all the fans.
The entire list of cities taking part in the Bat-Signal moment can be found below:
- Tokyo at MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 at Shibuya Scramble Crossing
- Berlin at Potzdamer Platz 11
- Paris at Galeries Lafayette
- Barcelona at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
- London at the Senate House
- São Paulo at Itaúsa - LMB
- New York TBA
- Montreal at Complex Dupuis
- Mexico City at Torre Reforma
- Los Angeles at City Hall
Of course, a Batman Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without something extra special in Gotham City. Barnes & Noble Union Square is hosting a talent signing and panel discussion moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio and featuring award-winning Batman writers and artists Scott Snyder, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion, IV and Brad Walker, as well as special activities all day long for kids and families! Be sure to head to the official site to plan your own way of making the most of Batman Day, Saturday, September 21st!