Happy Birthday, Batman!!

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the the popular comic book character.

Celebrate with us for this all-ages event.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 |  2-6pm | Marvin Auditorium

Original Batman movie jacketDrop in for activities and crafts starting at 2pm.  At 4pm sit back and enjoy Batman-The Movie (1966).

Whether you call him The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, The Dynamic Duo (with sidekick Robin), or just plain Batman, here is no denying the enduring popularity of one of the all-time great comic book heroes.  Batman debuted in issue #27 of Detective Comics in 1939. Since then he has been featured in movie serials, breakfast cereals, newspaper, strips, television shows and movies. On film, Batman has been played by Adam West (1966), Michael Keaton (1989, 1992), Val Kilmer (1995), George Clooney (1997), and Christian Bale (2005, 2008, 2012). Ben Affleck will assume the role in 2016.

Batman is, of course the alter ego of Bruce Wayne, a billionaire playboy and head of Wayne Enterprises. As a boy, Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents and vowed to avenge them. He later trained himself to top physical condition and honed his mind to become a brilliant detective. With the aid of loyal butler Alfred, Batman has constructed an assortment of weapons and vehicles: the Batmobile, the Batplane, Batboat, etc.

The other half of the Dynamic Duo is Robin, the Boy Wonder. A number of youngsters have assumed the identity, the first being Dick Grayson. Batman’s rogue’s gallery of villains is formidable: The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Bane.

Batman has been a part of pop culture for 75 years.  See you on May 17 for the celebration.