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San Diego Comic-Con International 2014: Batman 75th Anniversary

One of this year's biggest topics buzzing throughout Comic-Con 2014 was Batman's 75th anniversary. Similar to last year's Comic-Con which marked Superman's 75th anniversary, Comic-Con International made this year's exclusive Comic-Con T-shirt Batman themed. The T-shirt features the Caped Crusader on a dark and stormy night. The Artwork for the shirt was drawn by renowned Batman artist Jim Lee, with color by Alex Sinclair.

Statue of Michael Keaton as Batman.
Taken from Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 Camera
Official Comic-Con International T-Shirt featuring Batman
Courtesy of Comic-Con International

DC Comics wasted no space in decking out their exhibitor booth with Batman themed memorabilia. Comic-Con attendees had the opportunity to play live demos for upcoming Batman video games, get a sneak peak at some upcoming Batman merchandise straight from DC Comics, but the biggest attention grabber for DC's booth came from the Batman movie displays. Like last year's Superman costume displays, DC Comics and Warner Bros. displayed all the costumes worn by all the actors who have portrayed Batman. From Michael Keaton's Batman, to Christian Bale's Dark Knight costume, fans could get a closer look at all the bat-suits worn, but that's not all. Fans could also take a closer look at some of the masks worn and movie props featured in all the Batman movies that were released in the 90s and the Dark Knight Trilogy. You can check out the video links here:

There was also series of fan made Batman capes and cowls made for the convention, but the biggest Batman display DC Comics and Warner Bros. featured was Ben Affleck's cape and cowl that will be featured in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film that will be released in 2016. Personally, I like to think that the new Batman mask is inspired by Jim Lee's artwork, However the Hall H footage confirms the Bat-suit as a whole is based off of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.(I was lucky enough to get into Hall H and see the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice clip, I'll save the commentary for that epic moment for another day.)

There is one live-action Batman adaption that was missing at the DC Comics booth, and that's the 1960s Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. No, that iconic television series was not ignored nor forgotten. It was actually promoted at Mattel, DC Comics toy merchandise partner. It was announced a long time ago that Mattel acquired the rights to produce what is now called Batman 69' merchandise featuring the likes of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. Fans of the classic television series can soon purchase these toys later this year. More importantly, the three actors of the 1960s Batman television series were welcomed in Hall H on Thursday to celebrate the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the entire series.

This year, Comic-Con 2014 belonged to Batman. All the things described were all the big things going on in the convention hall. The bigger Batman related news came from Hall H on Saturday. Stay tuned for more Comic-Con recaps.

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