This year marks Batman's 80th anniversary and to celebrate, murals by local artists will be popping up in major cities all over the United States. Commissioned by DC, the first murals went up in Seattle, WA, and Bentonville, AR.
Framed inside versions of the Bat symbol inspired by their respective localities, the first to go up was the Seattle mural by prominent artist Joey Nix, known for his photorealistic style. The 10-foot mural is painted on the wall outside the Crocodile music venue.
"It was cool to design the mural," Nix said. "Batman definitely represents the more human underdog of all the superheroes. He's just a normal human who wants to avenge his parents and do right."
Mexican muralist Octavio Logo brought his mix of "vivid colors" and "bold designs" to the art in Bentonville. Incorporating his cultural experiences growing up in Mexico and the US with "magical realism" through his work, Logo has been part of Bentonville's art scene since 2012.
Fans and passers-by have been stopping at the murals for Instagram selfies to take part in the commemoration of Batman's 80th anniversary. Visitors will be able to go to the Seattle mural outside the Crocodile music venue through June. Additional art is coming to locations in Dallas, TX and Burbank, CA, outside the Warner Bros. lot.
Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27, which came out in mid-1939. For more on the mural series and the Dark Knight's 80th, you can visit www.Batman80.com.