The first Batman Day was July 23, 2014. That was the date chosen to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics. (Batman actually debuted in June 1939, but the day was chosen to coincide with 2014 San Diego Comic Con.) In the subsequent years, DC’s extended the celebrated date to the September. This year marks the fifth year for Batman Day and the 80th anniversary of the caped crusader.
HBO Max is celebrating with the following programming available on Batman Day.
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker (2000)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)
Batman vs. Robin (2015)
Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013)
This year the day falls on September 19, and there are many ways you can celebrate in the time of COVID. DC plans to shine real-life Bat-Signals in the skies of major cities, such as Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and the real world’s Gotham, New York City.
“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.”- Pam Lifford, President of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences.
Visit www.BatmanDay.com for the latest news and lists of promotions and activities, including free digital comics. You can also find updates and information by following @Batman on Instagram and Facebook, @DCBatman on Twitter and @DCComics on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Batman Day is Saturday, September 19.