This Saturday, September 18, will be Batman Day 2021! This yearly event returns again, and there will be several ways to globally celebrate the Dark Knight!
Of course, Batman’s big when it comes to DC’s comics, and there will be several books being made available for Bat-fans!
Participating comic book retailers, digital platforms, bookstores, and DC UNIVERSE INFINITE will feature a free BATMAN: THE WORLD “sampler,” featuring the complete lead story, “Global City” by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, plus previews of some of the stories from the international talent teams contributing to this landmark collectible hardcover. Check out the official English-language trailer here. Fans can access exclusive BATMAN: THE WORLD products in the DC Shop starting September 9.
Honoring Batman’s international influence on popular culture, DC will launch a first-of-its-kind publishing event, BATMAN: THE WORLD. This massive 184-page hardcover anthology releases globally in 14 international markets on Tuesday, September 14, and features Batman stories by top creative teams from across the globe.
Other comics celebrations include:
- DC will release a special reprint of the popular crossover book BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT #1. The series marked the first time that the world of the popular online game appeared in a DC comic.
- FaZe Clan, the leading digital lifestyle and media platform rooted in gaming and youth culture, will release a comic with DC on September 24—the first gaming organization to create a comic with DC! The limited-edition comic will feature popular FaZe Clan members in superhero form. And this is just the beginning: there’s even more FaZe Clan and Batman coming in Batman Month that fans won’t want to miss, including limited-edition Batman and FaZe Clan merchandise like esports jerseys, tees, hoodies and more, available on fazeclan.com, shop.dccomics.com and NTWRK. Make sure to check out the BatmanDay.com hub, and follow @FaZeClan on Twitter and Instagram.
- As a companion to the recently released BAT-TECH app, participating comic book stores, digital platforms, and DC UNIVERSE INFINITE will feature a special BATMAN DAY edition of the first issue of BATMAN KNIGHTWATCH BAT-TECH limited series.
- Across the Batman monthly comic books, the Scarecrow launches his campaign of terror in Gotham City, and it’s up to Batman and his allies to stop him in the can’t-miss publishing event BATMAN: FEAR STATE, launching in September, and continuing throughout the months of October and November across all Batman family titles.
WEBTOON Entertainment Inc., the world’s top webcomic platform, is releasing the first WEBTOON set in the DC universe: Batman: Wayne Family Adventures. Batman needs a break, but with new vigilante Duke Thomas moving into Wayne Manor and an endless supply of adopted, fostered, and biological vigilante children to manage, Bruce Wayne is going to have his hands full. Being a father can’t be harder than being Batman, right? Fans can read the first episode here.
BUILDING UP TO BATMAN DAY!
All month long, DC UNIVERSE INFINITE is featuring collections highlighting the most essential and fan-favorite Batman storylines including classic Bat-tales like BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, THE JOKER WAR, BATMAN: THREE JOKERS, and BATMAN: COURT OF OWLS. Additional Batman titles such as BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1, BATMAN: YEAR ONE, PARTS 1-4, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD, and more will be available to read for free for all registered users.
Marking the ultimate Batman augmented reality mobile experience, the DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app launched around the world in 13 languages, allowing kids of all ages to join Batman’s crime-fighting team, the Knightwatch. Through augmented reality (AR), fans can experience the world of Batman, learning how to use his Bat-Tech to fight crime and help defend Gotham City from his adversaries. Free to download and play on Apple and Google Play, the DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition app immerses kids in narrative-driven, technology-inspired activities.
Fans can get exclusive Batman content, AR filters, a digital comic book, and technology-based Batman learning experiences. On Batman Day, a new mission will drop, continuing the Bat-Tech app storyline. Players will be able to infiltrate Mr. Freeze’s lair and discover that a bank heist was a diabolical diversion just as the Bat-Tech App was being hacked by the Riddler. Can the Riddler actually use Batman’s technology against him to find the Batcave? Batman needs you and the entire Knightwatch team to help stop these Super-Villains. For more, go to this link: https://darkknightnews.com/2021/09/08/batman-day-2021-set-to-be-the-biggest-and-best-yet/.
On the big Bat-Day itself, Cartoon Network will celebrate the Dark Knight with an action-packed lineup of Batman-themed programming. The festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. ET/PT on September 18 with an all-new Teen Titans Go! episode, “Batman’s Birthday Gift,” which follows the Titans as they try to deliver a birthday gift to Batman but face detours several times along the way. Kids and families can tune back in later in the day at 6 p.m. ET/PT for a showing of Warner Bros. Pictures’ smash-hit film, The Lego Batman Movie. Fans can also check out the Cartoon Network app throughout the day for “Best of Batman” groupings featuring more Batman-centric episodes of Teen Titans Go!, DC Super Hero Girls, Justice League Action, and more.
Also on Batman Day, fans can enjoy all ten episodes of the thrilling new Batman original scripted podcast BATMAN: THE AUDIO ADVENTURES exclusively on HBO Max!
Starring Jeffrey Wright as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Catwoman, John Leguizamo as the Riddler, and a who’s who of incredible Saturday Night Live alums, BATMAN: THE AUDIO ADVENTURES draws inspiration from the vintage noir atmosphere of the celebrated Batman: The Animated Series, the spirited fun of the classic 1960s Batman TV series, and the entire 80-plus year history of Batman.
For a Bat-fan like me, all this is good news, of course. However, I still worry some about overexposing the Dark Knight. Things go in cycles, so DC needs to be careful with Batman. Too much done the wrong way, and there could be a Bat-burst. I’d hate that!
Until then, though, I’m going you enjoy Batman Day yet again this year, and I hope you will, too!
What do you think? Do you celebrate Batman Day? If so, how? What is DC doing right with the Dark Knight? What are they doing wrong? Whatever your opinion, be sure to share it in the space below!