SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Much like Halloween, I celebrate Batman Day every day. DC Comics, however, prefer to designate the third Saturday in September as the official Caped Crusader’s Day. Like Christmas, that means new and exclusive merchandise, comics, movie marathons, and a bunch of regular looking guys running around in their makeshift cowl and tights. I poke fun because I love fandom. I’m also someone who replaced their car’s hood badge with a Batman logo who parks in an often-overlooked underground parking structure. If there weren’t so many cameras and a wandering guard (I appreciate the security) I probably would have spraypainted a Batman logo on the entrance and/or my parking spot. Maybe a “Reserved for Batman” sign would be allowed?
It is at this point where I leave you with the bits and pieces of the official Batman Day press release. However, please note tthe official guide was lacking photos of the Spin Master toys, forgot a really cool statue, and skipped over the selection of hoodies at the DC Shop altogether. I’ve gone ahead and rectified that.
So, let's start off with the collectables, games, and comics before moving on to the marathons and events. Descriptions come from DC and Spin Master. I did insert a few links (where available) for your convenience. Enjoy!
Batman: Arkham Trilogy for Nintendo Switch
Available for preorder at participating retailers and on sale October 13, Batman: Arkham Trilogy collects Rocksteady Studios’ award-winning video games, for the first time on Nintendo Switch. Developed for Switch by Turn Me Up Games, the iconic package will include the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight, complete with all previously released downloadable content (DLC). Experience the legendary “Arkhamverse” games by becoming the Dark Knight and delivering justice to the most notorious DC Super-Villains
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital)
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the most universally acclaimed film in the Dark Knight’s legendary cinematic history—Batman: Mask of the Phantasm—newly remastered for 4K Ultra HD.
The release includes an all-new featurette “Kevin Conroy: I Am the Knight,” which looks at the legacy of Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman for 30 years in film, television, video games and more.
For DC Bat Cowl Holders, the first run of Batman: The Legacy Cowl, based on the votes of Bat Cowl digital collectible holders, comes to its thrilling conclusion in Batman: The Legacy Cowl #3, airdropping to all DC Bat Cowl holders on September 15! Bat Cowl holders will also receive a 20 percent discount in the DC Shop starting September 16 (available in the U.S. only) and can look forward to an online celebration of Batman Day. For more information about the Bat Cowl Collection please visit https://nft.dcuniverse.com.
DC Hybrid Trading Cards by HRO will be airdropping “Batman Day” digital packs from a commemorative “Batman Day” digital collection to collectors who complete one of two possible quests via the HRO app. Starting Monday, September 18, fans can either scan in 14 physical hybrid cards (two flowpacks) or open any two digital packs to receive a “Batman Day” 4-pack, while supplies last. This 12-card collection features artwork of Batman-themed characters: Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, The Joker, and Robin. Visit the HRO website at https://hro.gg/ for more information and get scanning to join in on the Batman Day fun!
All weekly DC Collectible Comics drops in September will help celebrate Batman Day! DC3 Super Power Packs – Series Batman, a first-of-its-kind digital comics pack where purchasers receive three randomly selected comics from the five available, with rarities from Common to Legendary, will be available all month long starting Tuesday, September 5. Batman #1, the Dark Knight’s most coveted first issue and the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman, will be released on Thursday, September 14! Be sure to check https://nft.dcuniverse.com all month for more Batman drops!
McFarlane Toys Digital will gift all fans that download the Viewer App from https://mcfarlanetoysdigital.com and connects their wallet by September 15th, 11:59PM PST, a FREE Batman digital collectible. Anyone who collects the complete set, will be granted an allowlist spot for the upcoming Batmobile drop, on September 21st.
At participating comic book shops while supplies last, fans can choose from a great selection of Batman titles celebrating Gotham’s Caped Crusader:
Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Prelude Batman Day Special Edition #1 – Prepare for “The Gotham War” with this free special-edition comic book featuring a 10-page prelude story and preview pages from Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1, which sets the stage for a fight between the Bat and the Cat for the future of Gotham City!
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 Batman Day Special Edition – Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo is the dark and brutal Gotham opus from comics legend Marc Silvestri, and to help promote the September 12 release of the hardcover collection, DC is releasing a free Batman Day exclusive edition of Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1.
Batman #608: Batman Day Special Edition – Batman #608 kicked off DC’s iconic Hush storyline, one of the most beloved Batman stories of the past 25 years. Available for $9.99, this first issue of the 12-part saga returns for Batman Day 2023 like you’ve never seen it before—re-presented with a foil version of Jim Lee’s iconic second printing cover, featuring the Dark Knight standing watch over Gotham City. This commemorative issue is the perfect complement to the Batman: Hush 20th Anniversary Edition collection available for preorder now (on sale October 18).
Bat-fans can also purchase two highly anticipated Batman titles at their local comic book shops:
Batman ’89 Hardcover Collection
Batman ’89 is the comic fans have wanted for years, continuing the story of the classic 1989 Batman film with all-new adventures, as written by Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm and illustrated by comics superstar Joe Quinones! As part of DC’s Batman Day 2023, fans can purchase ($29.99) a striking new version of the Batman ’89 hardcover collection, featuring a spot foil special-edition dust jacket paying homage to the iconic movie poster for the 1989 film!
Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1
Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Rafael Grampá and colorist Matheus Lopes deliver a twisted take on the Dark Knight, Gotham City, and a never-before-seen rogues gallery in this highly anticipated DC Black Label series launch! Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1 arrives with amazing variant covers by Jim Lee, Frank Miller and Jock, David Finch, Paul Pope, and Priscilla Petraites.
DC UNIVERSE INFINITE
For Batman Day 2023, the DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription service (DCUI) will feature a curated list of great Batman team-up stories for subscribers, as well as a selection of iconic Batman stories to read for free (in front of the paywall). For more details and a free trial, check out the website at http://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com. DCUI is not available in all countries and is not intended for children.
BATMAN DC Direct Black and White Statue by Mitch Gerads
Based on the cover artwork of Flashpoint: Beyond #1 by Mitch Gerads, comes the next addition in the long-running Batman Black and White statue line. Batman by Mitch Gerads perfectly captures the source material by bringing the cover to life.
On Batman Day, unleash the ultimate Batman experience with an all-new line of Batman toys from Spin Master. Fight crime with the 12-inch Batman Adventures figure that transforms into an armored-up Batman so he can complete his missions. With 12 pieces of armor, accessories, and 17 points of articulation, Batman is geared up to fight crime in Gotham City. Perform wild and unstoppable stunts indoors with the Stunt Force Batmobile RC! This new Batman RC can conquer any indoor obstacle, featuring soft tires that ensure a safe ride and a turbo boost button that takes the action to the next level.
Gotham City Guardian Playset, 4-in-1 Transformation Playset
Unleash the ultimate Batman experience with the Gotham City Guardian Playset, an epic 4-in-1 adventure set that transforms into a colossal 30"+ Mech Batman! This incredible playset includes three iconic Batman vehicles - the Batwing, BatTank, Batcycle - and Mobile Command Centre that combine to form one giant Mech Batman, encouraging your child's imagination and storytelling possibilities. With 40+ thrilling sounds and LED lights, the Gotham City Guardian Playset comes to life, bringing excitement to your child's Batman adventures. Watch as they recreate epic battles and daring missions in Gotham City, fueled by the power of their imagination. Included in this playset is an exclusive 4-inch Armored Batman figure, designed to fit perfectly into the cockpit of the vehicles for a truly immersive play experience. The Gotham City Guardian Playset encourages creativity, imagination, and storytelling as kids join Batman on his quest to protect the city from Super-Villains. Expand Batman collection with Rebirth Batman, Robin, The Joker, and more (each sold separately) DC action figures. Assemble your ultimate team of Super Heroes and Super-Villains! These toys for girls and boys toys are perfect for kids that love Justice League figurines, DC multiverse, Super Hero movies collectibles, RC cars, and more! The Gotham City Guardian Playset is the ultimate gift for Batman fans, providing hours of epic fun and adventure!
Batman Stunt Force Batmobile
Unleash your child's inner hero with the Stunt Force Batmobile! This incredible remote-control toy car is built to perform wild and unstoppable stunts indoors! With its dual motor and 4-wheel drive system, this car can conquer any indoor surface, from stairs to carpets to hardwood floors. The turbo boost button lets your child take the action to the next level, while the soft tires ensure a safe and thrilling ride. This Batmobile is built to fit 4-inch action figures, so your child can imagine themselves as their favorite hero driving the car. Collect Batman, Batwoman, Robin action figures for more Batman adventures (sold separately). The cockpit opens up to allow the figure to sit inside, ready for action. This toys for girls and boys toys are perfect for kids that love Justice League figurines, DC multiverse, Super Hero movies collectibles, RC cars, and more! The Stunt Force Batmobile is USB rechargeable and requires 2 AAA batteries (not included). Give your child the gift of imagination and adventure with the Stunt Force Batmobile!
Batman Adventures Figure with Armor Accessories
Introducing the Batman Adventures, 12-inch Batman Action Figure! This action-packed Batman figure is perfect for kids and collectors who wants to dive into the exciting world of Batman toys! With an impressive 17 points of articulation, the highly detailed and articulated 12-inch Batman Adventures figures can effortlessly strike heroic poses! Kids love to be creative and customize Batman with the included 16 interchangeable armor accessories. Armor up the Batman figure with awesome gadgets like the Batarang, grappling hook and more! The authentic comic-styling, detailed sculpt and design captures the true essence of the Caped Crusader, making it a must-have for any Batman collection! Build your Batman collection with the Batman Adventures Batman vs The Joker Action Figures Set, Batcycle and Batman Action Figure for more imaginative play! Assemble your ultimate team of Super Heroes and Super-Villains! These toys for girls and boys toys are perfect for kids that love Justice League figurines, DC multiverse, Super Hero movies collectibles, RC cars, and more! The Batman Adventures, Batman Action Figure inspires creative storytelling, problem-solving, and bravery as kids create their own Batman adventures!
Gotham City Classics Limited Edition Pin Set
The exclusive Gotham City Classics Limited Edition Pin Set features a set of five 3D nickel-plated pins celebrating Batman’s iconic vehicle, the Batmobile. All pins have moving wheels and showcase fan-favorite Batmobiles throughout the years—from Batman (1966), Batman (1989), Batman: The Animated Series (1992), and Batman Forever (1995). The Batmobile from Batman Forever glows in the dark, and the fifth pin is a special one: it’s the Batmobile Communicator from the 1989 film, which slides out the “microphone.”
Batman Classic TV Series Light Up Masterpiece Sculpture
An impressive, 1:8 scale, handcrafted sculpture, the Batman Classic TV Series Light Up Masterpiece Sculpture features the Dynamic Duo posed heroically atop the Gotham City Police Department, answering the illuminated Bat-Signal. The poses, facial expressions, composition, and costuming—including genuine fabric and satiny-finish capes—magnificently evoke the heroic and laser-focused diligence of TV’s most beloved crime-fighters.
Batman Alter Ego Black Camo Hoodie
DC Shop Exclusive No one knows better how to blend into their surroundings than Batman. Take some of that Dark Knight stealth and blend your alter ego in the concrete jungle. With a slim fit and cozy fabric, this black camouflage modern silhouette keeps you comfortable while also making a statement.
Batman Est. 1939 Hoodie
DC Shop Exclusive The “Bat-Man,” as he was originally called, debuted in Detective Comics #27 in 1939 and has since become a pop culture icon through countless comic books, as well as TV series, films, and other media. Now you can commemorate one of DC’s greatest heroes in this exceptionally soft hoodie that features Est. 1939 with the Batman logo raised in matte black on the front top left chest and the Batman logo raised in matte black on the back. Its naturally loose fit lends itself to daily wear and year-round layering making it ideal to show your Batman bona fides.
The Batman Grim Figure Hoodie
The Dark Knight cuts a grim figure in this hoodie based on the film The Batman.
Bat Glyph (Batarang) 1:1 Scale Limited Edtion Replica
The prop makers at Paragon FX Group are proud to announce their 1:1 (full-size) metal replica of the Bat Glyph from The Batman. Referred to as "The Glyph" earlier in production and the Batarang in other vernaculars, this multi-purpose utility device personifies the utilitarian, hand-made nature of Batman’s gear.
Amazon will be celebrating Batman Day 2023 with a full month of exciting offerings, kicking off September 12 with a shoppable Amazon Live event featuring comic book creator Todd McFarlane. Customers can also shop the Amazon Batman store for featured deals on over 700 items running throughout the month, including exclusive Batman Day 2023 apparel for adults and kids from Merch on Demand, Amazon’s print-on-demand service, as well as comic books, DVDs, toys, and collectibles from DC Publishing, LEGO, Mattel, Spin Master, Funko, Bandai, Trevco,
Hallmark, and more. To learn more, visit amazon.com/batman.
Christopher Nolan’s seminal Batman trilogy will be screened in select cinemas in North America. Check your local listings to find Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), back on the big screen.
Max is offering a robust and incredible selection of live-action and animated movies, plus streaming series that celebrate the Dark Knight and Gotham City, including such blockbuster movies as Matt Reeves’s The Batman (airing on HBO September 16 at 1:45pm);the films by Tim Burton, Batman and Batman Returns; Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and more. Fans of Batman in animation can look forward to an equally huge lineup of titles, including the complete Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, Batman: Hush, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, The LEGO Batman Movie, and others. For a complete lineup of Batman content for Batman Day, be sure and check out the Batman Day hub at http://www.DC.com/BatmanDay.
New Batwheels Episodes on Cartoon Network – Batwheels, DC’s Super Heroic series for preschoolers, returns with new episodes on Sept. 11 at 7:45 a.m. From Warner Bros. Animation, the high-speed animated series follows a group of young super-vehicles as they help Batman, Batgirl, and Robin keep the streets of Gotham City safe. This batch includes a special episode featuring the voice of the legendary Batman actor Adam West, which will debut on Friday, Sept. 15, ahead of Batman Day on Sept. 16. Max will air these same episodes on September 16, and Cartoon Network will air Batman-themed episodes in the series’ regular time slots at 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m.
From September 3 through September 24, Adult Swim will air four fan-favorite Batman films by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher: Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Batman & Robin, and Batman Forever.
TNT will host a Batman Day Movie Marathon all day on September 16, featuring airings of the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises), plus Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
TBS will host a The Big Bang Theory Batman Day Marathon, featuring fan-favorite Batman-themed episodes of the popular sitcom.
Food Network’s Outrageous Pumpkins will air a special superhero themed episode on October 15th, where the final carvers are challenged to create their own superhero and superpowers. Then things get supersized in the Big Carve when the competitors depict a scene of the one and only DC’s Batman facing off against one of his iconic enemies to save Gotham City.
The DC Kids YouTube Channel will feature new, original Batman programming throughout September in honor of Batman Day, with videos spotlighting Batman-themed toys from Spin Master, Batwheels (Fisher-Price), new episodes and music videos of the DC Super Friends CG series (based on the Imaginext line of toys), and four LEGO Batman videos showcasing the 2023 line of products.
Additionally, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products has partnered with a variety of influencers including Sir Dork who specializes in “Action Toy Photography” as well as noted engineer James Hacksmith and the team at Hacksmith Industries who will be presenting a special Batman Day-themed video on their YouTube channels.
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Warner Bros. Pictures’ 1989 film Batman, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment will bring the film to symphony halls around the globe as part of its DC in Concert series in 2024. Guests will enjoy the film projected onto a larger-than-life screen while Danny Elfman’s iconic musical score is performed by a live orchestra. Visit www.DCFilmsinConcert.com beginning Sept. 8 for dates and ticket information.
This October at Northridge Fashion Center in Los Angeles, Escapology will unveil its latest Batman-themed escape room experience. In collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, Escapology’s new Northridge location will feature eight themed games including Batman: The Dark Knight Challenge and Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castle Adventure. The world’s fastest-growing escape room company, Escapology challenges players to use their wits to escape within a 60-minute time limit. Fans can visit https://www.escapology.com for more information.
At the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, a free Batman Day pin and exclusive reprint of Justice League #1 (featuring Batman) by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair is available to all ticketed Studio Tour guests on Batman Day. Guests can also purchase these items at the WB Studio Store, while supplies last. For more details on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and to purchase tickets, visit the website at https://www.wbstudiotour.com.
Additional events, including international offerings, can be found at http://www.DC.com/BatmanDay.