DC Entertainment Dubs September 17, Batman Day; Free Batman Comic Book Giveaway And Other ‘Bat’ Events

Holy Hijinks Batman! DC Entertainment has announced today that September 17, 2016, will be the third annual Batman Day with celebrations and events held all over the country. “Grab a cape and cowl and hop in the Batmobile, this year’s annual celebration of Batman Day will give fans free goodies for their utility belt,” says Entertainment Weekly.

DC Entertainment is offering Batfans free copies of Batman #1 from DC Rebirth, which was written by Tom King and illustrated by David Finch, Matt Banning, and Jordie Bellaire. In the new adventure, Batman goes against Calendar Man. The comics will be handed out at all Six Flags theme parks as well as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Other locations offering the free comics include some rather unusual places, such as Pottery Barn Kids.

In addition, hundreds of public library and schools will be joining in the celebration for Batman Day by hosting special promotions including a number of meet-and-greet events. Of those events, the following guests and the cities they will be visiting have been confirmed, but the actual locations and times will be announced later here. Those making special appearances are:

  • Frank Miller, Tom King, Scott Snyder, and Greg Capullo (New York City, New York)
  • Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr. (Long Island, New York)
  • Jim Lee and Hope Larson (Pasadena, California)
  • Paul Dini, Julie and Shawna Benson, and James Tynion IV (Los Angeles, California)
  • Danny Miki (Chino Hills, California)
  • Tim Seeley (Chicago, Illinois)
  • David Finch (Windsor, Ontario)

Batman Day comes less than two from when the controversial animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, was released in theaters for a limited time. The movie was the first Batman property of any kind to be branded with an “R” rating. It’s considered on the darker Batman stories, but also one that is the most faithful to its original source.

“So it’s very human; it’s a very understandable story,” explains executive producer Bruce Timm. “It’s tricky because it’s messy, because relationships are sometimes messy. But to me and to Alan [Moore] and Brian [Bolland], it was all very fascinating to us to explore that angle.”


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After Batman Day, fans can look forward to the release of the new animated Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Unlike The Killing Joke, this one is rated “G” and is patterned after the 1960’s Batman TV series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. Both West and Ward voice the on-screen characters that are in their likeness along with Julie Newmar who played Catwoman. The movie also includes other villains include The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin. The home video will be released as Digital HD on October 11 with the Blu-Ray/DVD version following on November 1.

Then, it’s back to the multiplex for The Lego Batman Movie coming to theaters on February 10, 2017. Somewhat based on The Lego Movie, this Batman movie, told in Lego form, features an incredible voice cast including Will Arnett reprising his role as Batman, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Michael Cera as Robin (Dick Grayson), Rosario Dawson as Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Mariah Carey as Mayor Marion Grange and Susan Bennett (aka Siri) as the Bat Computer.

[Photo by Daniel Zuchnik / Getty Images]

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