First appearing as socialite turned crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in DETECTIVE COMICS #27 on March 30, 1939, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans for 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, apparel and lifestyle products, as well as, blockbuster animated and live-action films. There have been Batman trading cards, board games and newspaper cartoon strips, and the U.S. Postal Service has even honored Batman with his own postage stamps. Batman is a multi-billion dollar icon who continues to reign as the most popular single Super Hero ever created.
To mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, DC unveiled in March their plans for a global commemoration. They launched that commemoration with the #LongLiveTheBat hastag and Batman day to be held in September.
Over 20 countries will light up their sky with the bat-signal on September 21st to end the celebration. In Montreal this will happen on the facade of the Judith-Jasmin Pavillion from UQAM on Maisonneuve boulevard from 8pm to midnight.