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Holy anniversary! Displays of bat signal fete Batman at 80

Updated : 2019-09-22 12:52:50

DC Comics is carrying off a celebration of Batman Day to mark the 80th anniversary of the appearance of crimefighter Bruce Wayne and his masked identity. Fan gatherings happened all over the world. But the most ambitious party plan was the illumination of the bat signal.

It started at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia. The signal is also appearing in 13 other cities, including Tokyo, Berlin, Rome, Paris, London, Montreal, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, as well New York City's Domino Sugar Refinery. Los Angeles also celebrated with a fan experience concert and the Batman Inaugural 5K run.

The Batman signal is projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. The night sky all over the world is lighting up Saturday with an illumination of the famed bat insignia to mark a special anniversary for Batman. DC Comics is carrying off a celebration of Batman Day to mark the 80th anniversary of the appearance of crimefighter Bruce Wayne and his masked hidden identity. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
The Batman signal is projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. The night sky all over the world is lighting up Saturday with an illumination of the famed bat insignia to mark a special anniversary for Batman. DC Comics is carrying off a celebration of Batman Day to mark the 80th anniversary of the appearance of crimefighter Bruce Wayne and his masked hidden identity. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
A man dressed in a Batman costume poses for a photo in front of the Batman signal projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
A man dressed in a Batman costume poses for a photo in front of the Batman signal projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
The Batman signal from the Batman comic book and movie series is shined on the Domino Sugar Refinery in honor of Batman Day in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday. (Kendall Rodriguez/Newsday via AP)
The Batman signal from the Batman comic book and movie series is shined on the Domino Sugar Refinery in honor of Batman Day in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday. (Kendall Rodriguez/Newsday via AP)
A woman poses for a photo beneath a Batman signal projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
A woman poses for a photo beneath a Batman signal projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
A man dressed as Batman looks up towards the Batman signal projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
A man dressed as Batman looks up towards the Batman signal projected onto a building to celebrate Batman Day in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
This image made from video provided by WPIX-TV shows the Batman signal projected on the Domino Sugar Refinery in honor of Batman Day in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (WPIX-TV via AP)
This image made from video provided by WPIX-TV shows the Batman signal projected on the Domino Sugar Refinery in honor of Batman Day in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (WPIX-TV via AP)
Stephanie Salgado poses with her cape during the lighting of the Bat-signal commemorating Batman's 80th anniversary in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
Stephanie Salgado poses with her cape during the lighting of the Bat-signal commemorating Batman's 80th anniversary in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
A Bat-signal is lit in the Torre Reforma during the commemorating of Batman's 80th anniversary in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
A Bat-signal is lit in the Torre Reforma during the commemorating of Batman's 80th anniversary in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
A man holds Batman balloons before the Bat-signal lighting during the commemorating of Batman's 80th anniversary in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
A man holds Batman balloons before the Bat-signal lighting during the commemorating of Batman's 80th anniversary in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)
Batman and Captain America walk toward the start line of the Batman Inaugural 5K from the Batman fan experience on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Batman and Captain America walk toward the start line of the Batman Inaugural 5K from the Batman fan experience on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
The start of the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
The start of the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Dan Nestor of Colorado wins the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Dan Nestor of Colorado wins the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Runners chase after the Riddler during the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Runners chase after the Riddler during the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Runners of all ages compete in the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th Anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Runners of all ages compete in the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th Anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Flashback Heart Attack performs during the Batman fan experience on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Flashback Heart Attack performs during the Batman fan experience on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
A man dressed in a costume of The Riddler competes the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
A man dressed in a costume of The Riddler competes the Batman Inaugural 5K run on Batman's 80th anniversary at Grand Park in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
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