Illustrated by Bob Kane with a storyline by Bill Finger, Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27 with a publication date of March 30, 1939. 75 years later, Gotham City’s best known vigilante is also an iconoclast considering the franchise’s popularity then and now. To commemorate Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics and its parent company Warner Bros. planned out an year-long celebration throughout its various outfits. Along with special edition merchandises, new Batman comic books, video games and more, DC Comics’ entertainment division will also release several new Batman animation, with the first produced by animator Bruce Timm.
Titled “Strange Days”, the 3-minute animated short focuses on Batman’s earlier years. Very much in the 1930’s Art Deco style (a theme Timm is famous for when he worked on Batman: The Animated Series), the short doubles as a “lost tale” of Batman’s battle with Dr. Hugo Strange, one of his earliest archenemies. In addition, there will be other animated shorts to follow throughout the year.