WARNER BROS. And DC Comics Reveal Logo And Plans For BATMAN's 75th Anniversary

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have a year long celebration planned out, but perhaps the most interesting thing about this press release is the fact that Batman Vs. Superman is scheduled for a vague "Summer 2016" release. Captain America wins?

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By Josh Wilding - 3/27/2014

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:

New52BatmanDC 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 exclusive Batman 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.

DCComics.com – For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit 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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MrReese - 3/27/2014, 6:45 AM
Reveal the title 4 the movie ya cocks!!
TopCat89 - 3/27/2014, 6:46 AM
^ and the suit...
BANEofExistence - 3/27/2014, 6:47 AM
Awesomw!
ProfessorX - 3/27/2014, 6:48 AM
"interesting thing about this press release is the fact that Batman Vs. Superman is scheduled for a vague "Summer 2016" release. Captain America wins?"

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of (if not the) best comic book movies ever made. DC would be incredibly stupid to put Superman/Batman (a movie which could make or break the future of the DCCU) up against its sequel.
BANEofExistence - 3/27/2014, 6:49 AM
In celebration give usa photo of ben Batman Affleck like you did with Superman so our first official look is via official photoshoot and not via amateurs taking photos on set (Ala Avengers or ther films)
EdgyOutsider - 3/27/2014, 6:49 AM
May is counted as a summer release. Who knows, maybe Batman's 75th Anniversary is when they reveal the title, suit and new date (if they decide to move).
Nubase - 3/27/2014, 6:50 AM
who cares about the date!!??, all that matters is that this movie will featuee batman, superman and wonder women and its the start of DCCU!, also the rock will feature in it in a yet unannounced role
EdgyOutsider - 3/27/2014, 6:55 AM
@nubase: [frick] all that, I just want a Flash (Barry Allen) movie.
charlie2094 - 3/27/2014, 6:55 AM
Of course Batman vs Superman was going to move. Even though it would definitely beat Captain America 3, they really need this to do well to kick start the DCCU. A July release would be much better, had success with that before...
WAYNE - 3/27/2014, 6:56 AM
"ITS MY BIRTHDAY YAY!"
Buu - 3/27/2014, 6:57 AM
marvel72 - 3/27/2014, 6:59 AM
happy birthday batty boy,you look good for 75.
Bobevanz - 3/27/2014, 7:00 AM
I love DC! But cap will win next year, think iron man 3 numbers against a MOS sequel thats predecessor didnt make that much and was critically NOT acclaimed lol
Bobevanz - 3/27/2014, 7:01 AM
Maybe a new animated series? Im tired of that bullshit batman show on cartoon network. Bring back TAS!!!!!!
Buu - 3/27/2014, 7:01 AM
They aren't going to go head to head, because it's bad for business, so at the end of the day, one of them is going to move.

It doesn't really matter who moves, because I'm sure both movies will be great, but of course to those fanboys that revel in the Marvel vs DC crap, whoever moves means everything.
MercwithMouth - 3/27/2014, 7:03 AM
Lol, highly anticipated Gotham...

Otherwise, sounds great.
Facade - 3/27/2014, 7:03 AM
Very cool, Josh!
TheAbomination - 3/27/2014, 7:07 AM
They're gonna move the release date.
Buu - 3/27/2014, 7:08 AM
The Winter Soldier was incredible, but I'll say this, don't underestimate Batman + Superman + Wonder Woman.

People did the same in 2012 when they underestimated The Avengers. They were so sure the sequel to The Dark Knight would outgross The Avengers, and look how that turned out?

All I'm saying is, don't speak to soon.
ObviousTheCaptain - 3/27/2014, 7:08 AM


Please DC give me something.
Zoolitron - 3/27/2014, 7:09 AM
I design better...
defenderofthefaith - 3/27/2014, 7:09 AM
That's the best logo they came up with? Batman deserves better then that.
sKeemAn - 3/27/2014, 7:10 AM
Sounds like they will flood the market with Batman everthing for the next year. Oh and that logo sucks.
KidGoku - 3/27/2014, 7:10 AM
NINJA TURTLES FIRST LOOK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIC6NFFksyc
yonny616 - 3/27/2014, 7:10 AM
Wooo! Can't wait! I already have the limited edition poster that came when you pre-ordered Batman: Arkham Knight at GameStop. It was the last one at that store! Got so lucky.
JoeMomma29 - 3/27/2014, 7:11 AM
Another flame bait article............
nowtheresaBATman - 3/27/2014, 7:12 AM
"Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created...."

Along w/ Jesus, Bigfoot, & Miley Cyrus.
Who all still continue to wildly fascinate their fans.
JoeMomma29 - 3/27/2014, 7:14 AM
I cannot wait to see what they do for Batman the Superman Animated Short was amazing!

Buu - 3/27/2014, 7:15 AM
I don't think the article is flame bait. There are just some users that want to make every DC or Marvel related article about DC vs Marvel.
JoeMomma29 - 3/27/2014, 7:15 AM
@ Batmaniac

I disagree look at the teaser it is clearly set to start a flame war stating with a question that Captain America wins.......
Arrowhead77 - 3/27/2014, 7:16 AM
All I want for Batman's 75th is a picture of the new Batsuit!
SuperCat - 3/27/2014, 7:17 AM
Brainiac13 - 3/27/2014, 7:19 AM
A very good article for all to read....


'Batman Vs Superman' And 'Captain America 3' Won't Face Off In 2016

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2014/03/26/batman-vs-superman-and-captain-america-3-wont-face-off-in-2016/
PenditaMarah - 3/27/2014, 7:19 AM
i dont think avengers outgross the dark knight.
the dark knight was the best thing to end the trilogy and grossly achieved more than avengers.
duder2 - 3/27/2014, 7:19 AM
Holy hell. That's SERIOUSLY bad logo design.
SuperCat - 3/27/2014, 7:20 AM
Buu - 3/27/2014, 7:20 AM
@JoeMomma

Yeah, you're right. I missed that, haha.
DEFA - 3/27/2014, 7:21 AM
- BEST COMIC BOOK CHARACTER IN HISTORY
grif - 3/27/2014, 7:22 AM
lmfao what a joke... his birthday is this year. but there will be a movie 2 years from now to celebrate it. dont worry.
HugoStrange87 - 3/27/2014, 7:22 AM
Enough of CA vs BvS. It's so stupid. Who cares who move their release date. I'm sure both would like to maximize profit, and having the same release date hurts them both.
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