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World Batman Day
“It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."
~Batman Begins (2005)
Capes out! Cowls on! Warm up the Batmobile! Today, marks DC Comic's annual celebration of the character of Batman, created in 1939! 2019's 80th anniversary events included beaming the Bat-Signal into the skies in rotating cities around the world as tributes to Batman's hometown of the fictional Gotham City. Interestingly, the next film in the Batman franchise set for release in 2022, "The Batman" starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, is using Glasgow as its Gotham City filming location! Historically in the DC Universe comics, Batman and his assistant, Robin, the Boy Wonder have actually visited Scotland and foiled crimes in kilted fashion! In the Detective Comics August 1953 issue, Batman: "The Lord of Batmanor," the owner of Batmanor castle in Scotland dies, but leaves a will ceding his castle to Batman, in the hopes that the great detective can solve the mystery of missing gold that disappeared four centuries earlier. Batman and Robin travel to Scotland, foil an American criminal plotting to gain the gold for himself, find the treasure, and return it to the Scottish government! Holy Kilted Caped Crusaders! 🦇 🏴
Batman notes from Wikipedia:
Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Originally named the "Bat-Man," the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World's Greatest Detective.
Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. His origin depicts Bruce Wayne as a child, after witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime.
Batman has no inherent superhuman powers; he relies on "his own scientific knowledge, detective skills, and athletic prowess". Batman's inexhaustible wealth gives him access to advanced technologies, and as a proficient scientist, he is able to use and modify these technologies to his advantage. In the stories, Batman is regarded as one of the world's greatest detectives, if not the world's greatest crime solver.
Batman has been repeatedly described as having a genius-level intellect, being one of the greatest martial artists in the DC Universe, and having peak human physical conditioning. As a polymath, his knowledge and expertise in countless disciplines is nearly unparalleled by any other character in the DC Universe. He has traveled the world acquiring the skills needed to aid him in his endeavors as Batman. In the Superman: Doomed story arc, Superman considers Batman to be one of the most brilliant minds on the planet.
This tartan, designed by ZenMonkee utilizes the following colours:
Black - the colour of the night and the colour of the bat. Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot.
Balmoral Blue - the color of the classic cape and cowl
Canary Yellow - doing double duty on the Bat Symbol and referencing Robin's costume
Magenta - a thin stripe of purple for Bat family members Batgirl and Catwoman
Midnight Grey - to blend with shadows and buildings of Gotham, and the grey tones in Batman's suit
Scarlet - a thin stripe of Red for faithful friend Robin and all the Robins of the world
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