When crime and mayhem overtake Gotham City, Police Commissioner James Gordon throws a switch on a massive floodlight, projecting a spectral outline against the night sky and summoning the city's Caped Crusader.
And cities around the globe celebrated the 80th anniversary of the comic book hero over the weekend in the same fashion, shining Batman's logo for fans in 13 cities Saturday night (September 21).
Jim Lee is the chief creative officer of DC Comics, and he spoke to costumed revelers in Tokyo.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER OF DC COMICS, JIM LEE, SAYING:
"What has kept him (Batman) so special, why is he still around after 80 years? And I was thinking about it earlier today. Really the answer is you guys, it's the fans. If you really think about it, it's your guys' support and passion for this character, that allows us to tell these fictional stories that mean so much to so many people and allows us to do these real life events, celebrating this amazing character. So I want to thank you guys for coming out, supporting DC, supporting Batman, and here's to another 80 years. Thank you very much guys."
Jaime Gutierrez brought his grandson to witness the bat-signal against the sheer wall of Mexico City's tallest building, Torre Reforma.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN BATMAN FAN, JAIME GUTIERREZ, STANDING NEXT TO HIS GRANDSON, SAYING:
"I came with my grandson to celebrate Batman's 80th anniversary, a comic that I got to know as a child when I waited every Sunday for the newspaper comic section as they called it. And, I started buying my first comics and I passed them on to my grandson who became a superfan of Batman."
The infamous distress sign shone in Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, London, Sao Paulo, New York, Montreal, and Los Angeles.