- DC Comics is celebrating Batman Day by projecting the bat signal in 10 cities around the world later this month.
- Montreal is the only Canadian city on the list!
Mark it in your calendars if it isn't already there. September 21 represents the most revered of important dates; Batman Day. And this year happens to be the 80th anniversary of the caped crusader.
DC and Warner Bros. are celebrating in high style by projecting the Bat-Signal onto skyscrapers and landmarks in 10 cities around the world. Because Montreal is Montreal, we are the only Canadian city who was deemed special enough to take part.
The Bat-Signal will be rolled out through each of the ten cities at 8 p.m. local time.
In Montreal on the Dark Night's birthday, the Bat-Signal will light up Complex Dupuis, facing the Emilie-Gamelin square. The iconic bat-shaped symbol will be visible until midnight, so you have a few hours to catch it before it disappears back into the night.
“We are proud to send up the Bat-Signal on Batman Day because it is an important beacon of inspiration that makes us all believe that it’s possible to take hardship and turn it into something good. Batman Day is a global celebration for all the fans,” said Pam Lifford, President of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences.
And fans will be celebrating around the world. DC has planned some major events for the anniversary, including talent signing and panel discussion in New York, a 5k night run in Los Angeles and throughout Asia, and street art around the world for starters.
Batman fans will be able to track the Bat-Signal around the world with the Batman Bat-Tracker over at Batman80.com. The map details all of the locations the signal will be visible along with any other events planned for the day.
The first city that will see the Bat-Signal will be Melbourne, Australia. It will then be visible in Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona, London, São Paulo, New York, Montreal, and Mexico City before concluding in Los Angeles. Batman has a lot of work ahead of him.
Batman first made his debut in Detective Comics #27 back in May 1939. The character has (obviously) become a worldwide crime-fighting icon with a stream of movies and pretty much every type of Bat paraphernalia known to man.
DC has been going all out with the 80th anniversary, including a massive mural and festivities at SXWS in Austin, Texas — which also happens to have the largest urban bat population in the world. And no, contrary to many news outlets, DC did NOT release 1.5 million bats onto the city. Though the rumor was PR gold.
The screening is totally free, so make sure not to miss Batman's birthday!
The Bat-Signal To Light Up Montreal's Sky
When: September 21; 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Complex Dupuis