Show us someone who doesn’t like Batman, and we’ll show you the Joker. For a superhero who’s roughly 80 years old with over eight movies under his belt, Batman definitely has staying power! Today, just like every September 21, you don’t have to be a citizen of Gotham to celebrate Batman Day.
The honor is well-deserved because Batman ranks as one of the most recognizable comic book heroes in the world. Even if you’ve never picked up a comic in your life, Batman’s popularity in pop culture is undeniable. From comics, to television, to the silver screen and social media, over the years Batman has proven he is the hero we not only deserve but the one we absolutely need! This Batman Day, gear up in your costume and tune up the Batmobile, it’s time to save Gotham — again!
Batman Day Activities
Start with the classics
If you only know Batman from the Christopher Nolan-directed movies, you’re missing out! Sure, the movies are great, but the best way to experience Batman’s countless adventures is to go back to the original source, the comic book page. Back in the day, it was difficult to get your hands on some of Batman’s most popular comics, but now, thanks to sites like comixology.com, you can get your hands on some of DC’s rarest Batman comics — now in digital form.
Remember the Sixties
Nowadays, it’s popular to portray Batman as a dark and haunted character who lurks in the shadows. But back in the 60s, Batman was good old campy fun! The 1966 television series, starring Adam West, lasted for three seasons and even spawned a movie. Why not spend this year’s Batman Day binge-watching everyone’s favorite Bat-broadcast from the Swinging Sixties?
Dust off the old cowl
All those Youtube videos can’t be wrong. Dressing up as Batman on Batman Day is not only an acceptable thing to do in public, but it’s pretty much mandatory if you're a true fan. If those Bat-Dad videos have taught us anything, people can’t get enough of a guy or gal dressed up as everyone’s favorite crime-fighter. So go ahead! Don that cape and head to the office. You’ll be everyone’s hero!
Why We Love Batman Day
He proves you just gotta do the right thing
In a world where super-powered meta-humans are the norm, Batman proves that the most important ability a hero can possess is an unstoppable need to do what’s right. From the death of his parents to the countless obstacles Batman has encountered, he never gives up. Even when he’s been literally snapped in half, the one thing you can’t break is Batman's will.
He owns cool toys
Don’t get us wrong. Even unbreakable will needs some help sometimes and Batman comes equipped with an array of gadgets to get him out of any predicament. Most people are familiar with his signature Batarang or grappling gun, but the entirety of Batman’s gear would most likely fill up even the roomiest of Batcaves. From the amazing to the absurd, Batman has a tool for every trouble imaginable.
He has flaws but we love him anyway
What draws people to Batman the most is that just like you and I — he’s a human who makes mistakes. Sure, Clayface and The Joker may give him a run for his money, but at the end of the day, Batman’s inner demons prove to be his greatest challenge. Batman reminds us that even the most strong-willed of us are fallible and we must hold ourselves accountable for our actions.