(USA TODAY) He already has a giant penny, oversized Joker card, a huge dinosaur and decades of cars in the ultimate man cave. So what do you get for the Batman who has everything when he turns 75?
Why, a year-long celebration from comic books to TV to video-game consoles to art galleries to honor all things Dark Knight.
DC Entertainment and its corporate parent Warner Bros. have a whole slate of things to remember the character's past, present and future during the 75th anniversary of Batman, who first appeared in a story by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939's Detective Comics No. 27.
"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," said Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara in a statement.
To get the Bat-ball rolling, DC Entertainment is rolling out an all-new "Batman 75" logo today that will adorn comics and other products during the year. The infamous Bat symbol is there, plus block-style lettering similar to Superman's 75th-anniversary logo used last year.
Some highlights of the upcoming year of the Dark Knight:
• The launch of Batman Day on July 23. DC is partnering with comic shops, bookstores and libraries across the country to hold parties and give out a new special-edition Batman comic.
• A host of new Batman comics including the launch of the weekly title Batman Eternalon April 9, plus special exclusive variant covers timed to San Diego Comic-Con in July.
• The Batman: Arkham Knight video game, the latest in the Arkham series, arrives Oct. 14, and fashion designer Asher Levine is creating a cape and cowl based on theBatsuit from the game that will be used as a canvas for contemporary artists to do their own take on the character. The works will be showcased at Comic-Con as part of a "Cape/Cowl/Create" art exhibit.
• Two new animated shorts will debut in April with one each from famed producerBruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: The Final Frontier). Cooke's short, based on Batman Beyond, premieres at a special Batman anniversary panel on April 19 at WonderCon featuring Timm.
• The 1960s Batman TV series featuring Adam West as Bruce Wayne and his Caped Crusader alter ego receives a release on home video for the first time, and 2014 will also see the debut of the straight-to-video animated films Son of Batman (May 6) andAssault on Arkham (summer) as well as a 25th-anniversary release of Tim Burton'sBatman movie in the fall.
• Everybody's waiting to see what Ben Affleck will look like in the cape and cowl, and he starts production soon on director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, due out in 2016 featuring Henry Cavill as Superman and Affleck as Batman. (It's not hard to imagine he'll be shown officially in Bat-garb before the anniversary year is over.)
• Fox has given an initial season order to the new fall TV series Gotham, set in pre-Batman Gotham City when Bruce Wayne was just a boy. The show stars Ben McKenzie as rookie cop Jim Gordon and the early days of some of the Dark Knight's greatest enemies.
"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," said Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment president and president and chief content officer for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The website Batman75.com will be a dedicated hub for updated info and exclusive content centered on the character's anniversary.