Now in its fifth year, DC is partnering up with thousands of bookstores, libraries, schools, and comic book retailers across the country to make the event even bigger than before, all to honor Gotham City’s hero.
To celebrate in grand style, fans who swing by select retailers will receive the first chapter of Sean Murphy's Batman: The White Knight, a full month earlier than the collected edition release. (Bonus: The title will also include a preview of Batman: Damned from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.)
Younger fans, meanwhile, can snag a free copy of the first chapter of Batman: A Lot of Li'l Gotham.
This supplements the launch of DC Universe, the streaming service that will be offering Batman, Batman Forever, Batman Returns, Batman & Robin, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight alongside animated offerings like Batman Ninja, Batman: Bad Blood, Gotham By Gaslight, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Beyond, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Batman: The Animated Series. A few Batman-centric documentaries and a slew of Batman comics will also be available for viewing when the service launches on Batman Day.
DC Comics first created Batman Day for Batman's 75th anniversary in 2014, and has continued to celebrate the Dark Knight every year since, although usually on Sept. 23.
You may recall that at last year's Comic-Con, it was announced Harley Quinn would steal Bruce Wayne's thunder, with Batman Day being re-named Harley Day for her 25th anniversary. But it sounds as though the bat is going to be back with a vengeance this year.
At San Diego Comic-Con in July, DC announced at that Batman will be teaming up with his former foe The Joker in a new mini-series by Marc Silvestri titled Batman/Joker: The Deadly Duo.
Fans can keep up to date with all the goings-on for Batman Day over at dccomics.com/batmanday.