Tomorrow we celebrate Batman Day. It's the anniversary of the day that Martha and Thomas Wayne were gunned down in Crime Alley, Gotham City, in front of their young son, Bruce. This was the moment that set this orphan on the path to becoming the world's most famous superhero: Batman.
Part of DC's big celebrations for the day will involve the official launch of their new streaming service and app, DC Universe, which will be home to some fantastic-sounding new live-action shows such as Titans, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and Stargirl.
Frustratingly, at launch, the service will only be available in the States, but overseas fans - such as I - have had assurances that our needs will addressed soon.
On this day for reading and discussing the life and adventures of The Caped Crusader, I'm hoping DC will reveal more details about its year-long celebration of the character planned for next year.
Not only does 2019 mark the 80th anniversary of Detective Comics, but it will also see the publication of Detective Comics #1,000.
Cult film-maker and comic book geek Kevin Smith is also using this day to launch the rebranding of his legendary podcast (formerly known as FatMan On Batman) as FatMan Beyond.
Smith explained the change to his podcast title:
"The reasons for this are twofold: 1) Since I’ve dropped some pounds, the old name feels like false advertising (and that wouldn’t be the first time we’ve had that complaint, as we rarely cover Batman anymore either). And 2) I don’t actually own or have any rights to the DC Comics' character Batman - I’m just a fan who had a clever hook he’s both sorry and happy to see melt away."The weekly podcast, now broadcast the Scum And Villainy Cantina in Hollywood, with co-host Marc Bernardin, has been running for six years and well-over over 200 episodes.