DC Comics’ Global Plans For Batman Day 2022 Celebrations Revealed

by Olly MacNamee

This year, the international Batman Day falls on Saturday 17th September and DC Comics have offered fans a rundown of its plans for global celebrations. As well as free comic books there are special screenings of past Batman films, a special slate of programming on HBO Max and more.

The free comics on offer at participating stores are as follows:

  • Batman: Hush #1 Batman Day Special, from artist Jim Lee and writer Jeph Loeb
  • Batman’s Mystery Casebook Batman Day Special Edition (a preview of the upcoming DC Middle Grade title by writer Sholly Fisch and artist Christopher Uminga)

On social media…

“Fans anywhere can tune in and see that Batman’s incredible Rogue’s Gallery have hacked Batman’s social channels–and are taking over the DC Shop! DC fans can follow along on social as iconic Super-Villains share their thoughts on the World’s Greatest Detective on @Batman on Twitter, and check DC Shop for new, Super-Villain themed merchandise.”

As for that special HBO Max programming, here’s what you can catch:

“Kids and families can also celebrate with Batwheels, DC’s first-ever Batman preschool series, which will zoom into Batman Day with a half-hour origin special premiering exclusively first on Cartoonito on HBO Max in the US and LATAM. “Secret Origin of the Batwheels” will tell the backstory of how a group of young sentient super-powered vehicles‑ Bam (the Batmobile), Bibi (the Batgirl Cycle), Redbird (Robin’s Sports Car), Batwing (the Batwing Jet Plane), and Buff (the Bat Truck)—formed their super heroic team. Catch this Bat-tastic special before the series officially launches later this fall on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network and Cartoonito on HBO Max. A new clip from the special was revealed today.”

Batwheels’ cast includes Ethan Hawke (as Batman), Jacob Bertand (as Bam the Batmobile), Gina Rodriguez (as Catwoman) and Xolo Maridueña (as Snowy the Snowcrawler), and more.

There’s also the free-to-play platform fighter videogame MultiVersus, “which will mark the occasion with an in-game event granting a Batman profile icon to players who complete 20 matches as the Caped Crusader from September 16th to 19th. Batman will also be featured as part of the game’s preview character rotation those three days.”

More in-game free gifts can also be found in Injustice 2 Mobile from September 13th to 19th. And, starting on September 16th, players can also enjoy a special Classic Batman Arena Invasion event and various in-game sales.

What more? Well, there’s Batman Day Digital Collectibles, coming in the form of NFT Trading Cards available from Monday, September 19th, which features the Justice League.

“Fans atop the leaderboard will have the chance to collect a special Mythic reward card that showcases Batman throwing one of his iconic Batarangs in the midst of a heated battle. Using the Hro app, a platform that combines the physical and digital worlds, fans can buy, sell, and trade their way to complete collections of hybrid NFT trading cards featuring their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains.

​​For DC Bat Cowl NFT holders, there will be a special event on Batman Day via the Bat Cowl NFT Holder-Only Discord Channel as part of the multiyear fan experience that lets users dive into the world of Gotham City. Revealed at the event will be the first issue cover art of Batman: The Legacy Cowl, a new DC Comic developed with the votes of Bat Cowl holders.  Additionally on Batman Day,  Part One of a video tour series will debut as an exclusive to Bat Cowl holders, going behind the scenes with the Warner Bros. Archives and diving into the history of Batman’s Cowls, Batsuits, and Batmobiles.”

Then there’s the films that will be wheeled out, dusted off and presented at select Cinemark cinemas only. Those films, and the screening times are as follows:

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) at 2:15pm local time
  • Batman (1989) at 4:30pm local time
  • Batman Returns (1992) 30th Anniversary at 7:25pm local time

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cinemark.com/batmanday or the Cinemark app.

Also on TV, “fans can also tune into a Batman Day marathon from the comfort of their own homes, with a Batman Day marathon starting 9/17 at 9/8c on TNT, or on TNTdrama.com/TNT app anytime.”

There’s clothes too!

“GUESS Originals is excited to announce its latest capsule, GUESS Originals x Batman, rooted in intertwining two iconic American brands and bringing the recognizable graphics to life. Launching in tandem with the capsule release, the legendary comic book shop on Melrose, Golden Apple Comics will be designing a shop-in-shop at the GUESS Originals store on La Cienega in Los Angeles. The capsule will be available beginning September 15, 2022.”

As for the rest of the world, here’s DC Comics plans for Mexico:

“Mexico can celebrate Batman Day with a huge assortment of products at Liverpool Stores including toys, apparel, home, accessories, fashion, swimwear, and more.  Some featured brands and partnerships with special collections include Mascara de Latex, Rabito, Lego, Spin Master, Funko, Creaciones Guz, Epicland, Novelty Corp. and Fotorma.”

Spain:

“In Spain, Batman fans can celebrate with Parque Warner and FNAC. September 17th-18th FNAC Callao will have an exciting weekend of activations including a  unique instagrammable experience and immersive scenarios to enjoy Batman Day. For more information go to culturafnac.es. Top retailers like El Corte Inglés, Fnac, and Amazon, among others, will join the celebration with online and offline activations, with the support of a long list of partners like LEGO, SpinMaster, Mattel and Funko! Parque Warner will celebrate Batman Day with a special Batman Day parade, a Batmobile exhibition and more–check out parquewarner.es for more information.”

France:

“French fans will have the chance to enter a nationwide challenge to elect​ The Greatest Batman Fan, who will win an exclusive Batman Tour at ​ Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Roadshow, in partnership with Klepierre will also send the Batman Bus across France with stops at Klepierre malls to find the biggest fans in each city: Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Paris. At each stop, it will offer fans the opportunity to take up new challenges in front of a jury of local “Batman Specialists” to win points performing in an immersive scenography, with participation from LEGO, Spin Master, Bandai, Urban Comics, Winning Moves, Iron Studios, Abyss Corp and Lumibowl.

There will also be special Batman Day TV programming on Toonami all September, with Batman: The Animated Series as well as a new documentary celebrating the award-winning series’ anniversary, Batman movies, and more.

French fans can also participate in a Tik Tok Challenge running from September 2nd until Batman Day encouraging fans to share their love for Batman using #Batman. Follow @DCcomics_fr on TikTok for more!

At Fnac St. Lazare, artist Max Sarin (Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill Tour #1) will be signing comics on Batman Day, and there will be an exhibition of Batman Logos throughout the store.”

Italy:

“Fans in Italy can tell their Amazon Alexa, “Alexa, tell me a Batman sentence” and hear Batman, voiced by DC League of Super-Pets voice actor Luca Ward, say one of fourteen sentences in character as Batman. Additionally, the Italian clothing company OVS will launch at the beginning of September a new collection of clothes for kids dedicated to Batman, with themed windows in their stores to showcase the collection.

FAO Schwarz in Milan will also have Batman Day celebrations, with an artist doing a live painting session, and a fan art contest celebrating Batman.

And Italian fans of the 2022 movie The Batman can order a special Batman Day premium edition of the 4K UHD Bluray, which comes with a comic book and poster. Chili TV will build on its platform a dedicated room with a selection of movies related to Batman, and Cartoon Network will play Batman animated movies, including LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite and LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout.”

United Kingdom:

“The Big DC Giveaway is UK fans’ window into the world of DC, offering the chance to win exclusive prizes every month, like a family trip to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood or a money-can’t-buy opportunity to cook alongside a professional chef at the world’s only DC-themed restaurant. Members of the newsletter community will also be able to access even more (secret) competitions. An exciting new prize will be revealed on Batman Day so don’t forget to visit www.thebigdcgiveaway.co.uk on September 17th. Kids will have the chance to meet Batman at selected The Entertainer stores across the UK, and fans in the UK can tune in to Cartoon Network for the chance to win an amazing Batman Day bundle including an Xbox Series S!”

Asia and Australia:

“In Singapore, acclaimed global design studio, XM, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, is thrilled to celebrate the legacy of everyone’s favorite crime-fighting vigilante in the month of September with their Batman Day campaign. Beginning September 3rd and running through October 2nd, visitors can visit their flagship store at Kitchener Complex to admire the countless collectibles designed and produced in-house and activities lined up for the event.

Participate in family-friendly activities at the Batman themed event, and enjoy a truly immersive experience with XM’s long awaited, newly launched Batcave, newly released statues, DC-inspired Batman Samurai Merchandise, lucky draws, a workshop and fun in-store promotions. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse the entire family in the world of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, with activities and attractions catered for each and every member of the family.

Fans in the Philippines can celebrate With Lazada Platform. Any fan who makes a minimum single receipt purchase of Php1,500 (USD 27) between September 19 and September 25 on any Batman/DC merchandise will receive a Batman premium. Fans can also join the Biggest Spender raffle with an accumulated purchase worth Php 3,000 (USD 54) on any Batman or DC merchandise and get a chance to win exciting prizes.

In Taiwan, PChome is celebrating Batman with a special Batman Day campaign page, where fans can pick up Batman Hito BP, K-shoes, Asia Goal, Beast Kingdom, Spin Master, Lego, Dong Huei, Holic and Finders. With a purchase of $1,500 (USD $50) on the Batman Day campaign page fans will receive a Batman Blender Bottle, and on Batman Day, 9/17, there will be a special discount. From September 14th to September 24th, there will also be a special pop-up store experience at HonHui Plaza with special Batman Day products from Funko, Mcfarlane, Mezco and more DC merchandise in the pop-up store! Fans who purchase $999 (USD $34) on PChome 24h BatmanDay campaign page can take part in the lucky draw to win a DC prize at the retail pop-up activation. Additionally, Taiwan-based ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) is readying an exclusive limited-edition Batman range of products and accessories available around the world.

In Indonesia, September 19th to 30th, Tokopedia Platform will celebrate Batman Day by curating Batman merchandise from various product categories, including the exclusive launch of Lotus Archi Batman Edition.

In Thailand, Lazada Mall DC Shop will offer a free gift of a Batman Towel (1,290 THB) with a purchase of 3,000 THB or more.

In Australia, Warner Bros., DC and Roadshow Entertainment will be doing special screenings of Batman titles, including a double bill of Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) in Melbourne and Sydney, with a special Batman Day popcorn cup for Batman ticket holders while supplies last, and a full Batman theatrical marathon happening in participating cinemas in South Australia. For more information, go to Orpheum CinemaSun Theatre or Wallis Cinema. Additionally, Australia and New Zealand retailer, Zing Pop Culture, boasts one of the largest ranges of exclusive Batman merch. There’s no better way to celebrate the Caped Crusader than with the Zing Exclusive DC Comics – The Batman (2022) Duffle Bag and DC Comics – The Batman (2022) – Red Pocket T-Shirt, that’s for sure!  New Zealand Mint will also be launching a new 2oz Pure Silver Batman Chibi Collectible Coin to mark the occasion. It is the first in its Chibi Coin series, and it is also the first MEGA-size coin – perfect for any Batman fan!”

And finally plans for Batman Day in South America:

“In Brazil, Batman fans can head downtown on Batman Day, September 17th, where the Bat-Signal will shine at Farol Santander’s building. Inside there will be an exposition of some of Batman’s most iconic comic book covers. 

In collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, local Peruvian artist, Marcelo Wong will be releasing his new Batman sculpture product line at the Jockey Plaza Mall in Lima and will be working with Magia, a local non-profit focused on helping children with cancer. This Batman exhibit will allow fans to immerse themselves into the DC Universe through Marcelo’s interpretation and vision of seven iconic versions of Batman.”

For more, do check out the Batman Day Hub at dc.com/batmanday, and follow @Batman on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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