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    75 YEARS OF BATMAN



    2014 marks Batman’s 75th Anniversary and Warner Bros. and DC Comics plan to celebrate in style. Check out the full press release below to learn how each division of the companies are going to honor the Dark Knight this year

    To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero. Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame. There will also be 75th anniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

    First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become the world’s most popular Super Hero and dominate all media. In feature films, TV shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.

    “Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

    Batman is the single most successful Super Hero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on Batman than any other comic book character. In video games, the Batman Arkham franchise is also the most successful Super Hero game concept ever. Batman consistently breaks records in every incarnation of his character and remains the gold standard by which all other comic book sales are measured.

    “Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans. He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”

    The first published adventure of The Bat-Man (as he was then known) was in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story. The character was so successful, that one year later the first comic book devoted exclusively to the Caped Crusader’s adventures,Batman #1, hit newsstands. In that issue, Batman battled The Joker and Catwoman for the first time.

    Now, DC Entertainment and the Studio’s various divisions, including Pictures, Television, Animation, Interactive Entertainment, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products, will mark this extraordinary 75th anniversary with a range of highly anticipated events and products.

    The new commemorative logo, also released today across social media and websites, takes its cue from the famed Bat symbol, and features block-style lettering of “75 Years.” The mark will be rolled out on Batman-related promotions, products and initiatives.

    Key activities planned for the Batman 75th anniversary celebration include:

    DC Entertainment – DC Entertainment has an action-packed year filled with new Batman titles, commemorative issues and variant covers, including the recently released special edition of Detective Comics #27 commemorating Batman’s first appearance in the book in 1939, the new weekly series Batman Eternal launching April 9, and upcoming exclusiveBatman variant covers planned for San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

    Batman Day – DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

    Interactive Entertainment – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has invited celebrated fashion designer Asher Levine to create a cape and cowl based on the Batsuit of the recently announced Batman: Arkham Knight videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios. Favorite contemporary artists will have the opportunity to use the replicas as a blank canvas to produce their own, original interpretations of Batman’s iconic attire for an all new “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit that will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

    Home Entertainment – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bring fans an array of new Batman titles throughout the year, including the highly anticipated release of the Batman ’66 TV series for the first time ever. Other new releases include animated films Son of Batman (May 6) and Assault on Arkham (summer 2014). Additionally, a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s Batman feature film will be released in the fall.

    Animation – Warner Bros. Animation has created two all-new Batman animated shorts set for debut in April, with fan-favorite producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) each presenting a unique and familiar take on the Batman animated universe. In addition, Timm will participate in a Batman 75th all-star panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on Saturday, April 19, which will also feature an exclusive premiere of Cooke’s animated short based upon Batman Beyond.

    Television –Warner Bros. Television is in production on the pilot episode of the highly anticipated Gotham, a new one-hour drama for FOX which explores the origin stories of eventual police commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland) will encounter a familiar cast of characters – including a young Bruce Wayne – as he fights to keep the city safe. Executive producer Bruce Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by executive producer Danny Cannon (CSI series, Nikita)

    Pictures – As Batman’s 75th anniversary is celebrated in 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures will begin production of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film starring Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film, slated for release summer 2016, will bring the two most iconic Super Heroes of all time together for the first time on the big screen.

    Consumer Products – Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with an array of licensees to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary through special edition and limited-release products. From the classic 1960s TV series to modern day comics, Batman’s presence will be larger than ever in celebration of his legacy through everything from toys to t-shirts.

    DC Comics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.Batman75.com. The dedicated section on DC Comics’ website launches today with the Batman 75 Sweepstakes which offers one lucky fan a one-of-a-kind prize package.

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    love Batman. I have about 300 batman comics in the basement.

    I was really, really into him in the 90's and I bought a ton of stuff. I've kind of cooled on him over the last few years. Not because of the character being bad or anything just because I think he's stretched too thin. He's in alot of books and I think DC would be better off pushing some of thier other properties (which they are starting to do).

    I'll try to think of some of my favorite batman stoires and list them here.

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    Kind of hate using videos, but these are pretty good.





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    You just kind of forget how God awful Batman Forever was, and then you see it in a clip and you just shudder.
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    Sure you don't mean Batman & Robin? I actually find myself defending Batman Forever pretty often. I even prefer it to Batman Returns. But the followup w/Arnold was vomit-worthy.
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    I always thought Batman Returns was great until the point where the penguins with weapons are deployed on Gotham. It all goes to goofy ass hell there. A very good Batman flick and the actors are tearing it up... playing Batman with oil. Plus it's got Walken and his boy Chip.

    Forever is a comic book brought to life. I like it.



    B&R is stupid great. It's a conversation piece for sure.

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    Thanks for posting btw, learned a few things.
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    Sure you don't mean Batman & Robin? I actually find myself defending Batman Forever pretty often. I even prefer it to Batman Returns. But the followup w/Arnold was vomit-worthy.
    Whichever one with Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman.

    That one is just horrible.
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    Creator of the 60’s Batman TV series, dead at 91

    Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the 60′s Batman TV series and writer of such films as Never Say Never Again, King Kong (1976), Papillion, Three Days of the Condor, and The Parallax View, passed away in his home in Los Angeles Friday of natural causes. He had just turned 91 the day prior.

    Lorenzo Semple Jr. and Will Dozier reinvigorated the character of Batman at a time when DC Comics were considering canceling Detective Comics due to poor sales. The TV series was a mega-hit that sparked a cultural phenomenon solidifying Batman as one of the “Three Bs” of 1960′s pop-importance along with James Bond and The Beatles. Without the TV series there may never have been a Barbara Gordon and there most certainly would not have been a Batusi, oceanic repellent bat sprays like Shark Repellent, or memorable lines like “Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” The show is still widely celebrated to this day for its comedic performances, catchy one-word-only theme song, and vibrantly colorful look. It has even inspired an ongoing comic titled Batman ’66 that maintains the camp, groovy style of the show.

    I highly recommend everyone reading this article check out Batman: The Movie, also written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., on Blu-ray or DVD and listen to his commentary track. It’s some of the most insightful, no-nonsense commentary you’ll hear on a film. While he truly loved his creation and viewed his time on Batman as the greatest work he had ever done, he does not watch the Adam West film through rose-colored lenses and speaks his mind about the cast, politics of old Hollywood, and what cornier aspects of the show were intentional and unintentional. It’s as funny as it is fascinating too. I recall one line that went something like “There’s a new picture out called Batman Begins. In my day we didn’t care how Batman began.” In recent years, Lorenzo Semple Jr. took to YouTube with his commentary in a series of reviews called Reel Geezers that even featured a curmudgeony critique of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

    The Hollywood Reporter, the first to be told the news by daughter Maria Semple, have the most detailed obituary I’ve seen so far. I suggest you go there for more about the life and legacy of Lorenzo Semple Jr. Without him, Batman may not have even had a 30th anniversary and here we are now at 75 and counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Whichever one with Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman.

    That one is just horrible.
    That's Batman and Robin. Forever was...... decent.

    I love both Burton films dearly. Michelle Pfeiffer's a babe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    That's Batman and Robin. Forever was...... decent.

    I love both Burton films dearly. Michelle Pfeiffer's a babe.
    I thought Val Kilmer was a decent Batman. I am sure many will disagree, but I thought he was fine, I just thought Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones were brutally bad.
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