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Holy anniversary Batman! Bat signal lights up night skies across the world to mark the Caped Crusader's 80th birthday

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 22/09/2019 Phoebe Eckersley For Mailonline

Getty © Getty Getty The batman symbol illuminated night skies across the world to mark the 80th anniversary of the comic book hero last night. 

City streets were bustling as devoted fans donned the superhero's costume and watched the bat signal being projected at Fed Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia, before shining from the Reforma Tower in Mexico and other high-rise buildings. 

It appeared in 13 cities, including Tokyo, Berlin, Rome, Paris, London, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg, to mark 'Batman Day' which is celebrated every year on the third Saturday of September.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: A bat-signal was projected across 13 cities to mark 'Batman Day' which celebrated 80 years since the first Batman comic was sold in New York. Pictured is the signal illuminating a building in Mexico while a fan is seen with a wide smile as she dons a batman mask, last night

A bat-signal was projected across 13 cities to mark 'Batman Day' which celebrated 80 years since the first Batman comic was sold in New York. Pictured is the signal illuminating a building in Mexico while a fan is seen with a wide smile as she dons a batman mask, last night
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The floodlight signal lit up at the Domino Sugar Refinery in New York City before making its final appearance at City Hall in Los Angeles. 

And people were quick to offer their support and thanks to The Cape Crusader who was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger 80 years ago.

They posed in their bat masks and capes while holding medals with the message 'long live the bat'.   

a clock tower lit up at night: There was also a panel discussion by Batman writers in New York during 'Bat Day' where it was announced that James Tynion IV will be the new writer on Batman and will start with issue #86 of Batman, on sale January 8, 2020 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited There was also a panel discussion by Batman writers in New York during 'Bat Day' where it was announced that James Tynion IV will be the new writer on Batman and will start with issue #86 of Batman, on sale January 8, 2020 The Dark Knight 'stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans' and 'continues to leave his mark in every form of entertainment imaginable', DC comics told ABC.

A panel discussion by Batman writers in New York was held and a 5km night run through Los Angeles to mark the birth of the hero who goes head-to-head against the Joker to save the city of Gotham in movie The Dark Knight. 

a group of people wearing costumes: Two runners celebrate the day with a 5k night run and wave their Batman medals in Los Angeles last night. They sport skin-tight outfits and black hair accessories and strike a pose for a selfie

Two runners celebrate the day with a 5k night run and wave their Batman medals in Los Angeles last night. They sport skin-tight outfits and black hair accessories and strike a pose for a selfie
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Here it was announced that comic book writer James Tynion IV will be the new writer on Batman, replacing Tom King. He has spent 12 years contributing and will be given a permanent position - starting with issue 86 that will be released in January next year. 

a crowd of people: Spectacular: The dome of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Catalan, Spain, is illuminated by the symbol © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Spectacular: The dome of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Catalan, Spain, is illuminated by the symbol Devoted fans are also eagerly anticipating the release of The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, in June 2021.  

The 13 cities which saw the bat signal last night

a close up of a sign: Two runners celebrate the day with a 5k night run and wave their Batman medals in Los Angeles last night. They sport skin-tight outfits and black hair accessories and strike a pose for a selfie © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Two runners celebrate the day with a 5k night run and wave their Batman medals in Los Angeles last night. They sport skin-tight outfits and black hair accessories and strike a pose for a selfie

1) Barcelona at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya 

2) Berlin at Potzdamer Platz 11 

3) Johannesburg at The Leonardo Building

4) London at the Senate House

5) Los Angeles at City Hall

6) Melbourne at Fed Square

7) Mexico City at Torre Reforma

8) Montreal at Complex Dupuis

9) New York the Domino Sugar Refinery

10) Paris at Galeries Lafayette

11) Rome at Roma Termini

12) São Paulo at Itaúsa - LMB

13) Tokyo at MAGNET by SHIBUYA109 at Shibuya Scramble Crossing 

an aerial view of a city: An aerial view shows the streets in Mexico City were bustling with die-hard fans of the comic book who flocked to the Reforma Tower for the 'once-in-a-lifetime moment' where the symbol was beamed

An aerial view shows the streets in Mexico City were bustling with die-hard fans of the comic book who flocked to the Reforma Tower for the 'once-in-a-lifetime moment' where the symbol was beamed
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