There's a new world record for largest gathering of Batmen

While the rest of us were busy Thursday with humdrum activities like work, classes and household chores, 542 employees of Nexen Energy were being awesome by gathering outside the company's Calgary headquarters to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Batman.

The previous record was a paltry 250. It marks the second time Nexen employees have set a world record: In 2011, 437 of them came together to establish the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Superman.

Thursday's event was staged to kick off the company's superhero-themed 2014 United Way fundraising campaign "From Suits to Superheroes." To qualify for the record, participants had to wear a full-body costume with a yellow belt, black cape and mask (no Elseworlds versions need apply). A Guinness adjudicator was on hand to ensure everyone stood together for five minutes.

As you can see from the photo above, the stunt wasn't without interlopers: Poison Ivy, Bane, Catwoman, two Jokers, The Penguin and The Riddler apparently couldn't resist raining on the Dark Knights' parade.

Afterward, they did what you'd expect 542 Batmen -- Batmans? -- to: They danced to "YMCA" by the Village People. However, it's unknown whether anyone did the Batusi.

However, that wasn't the only comic book-related record: Omar Morales' CruZader: Agent of the Vatican has unseated 2007's KISS 4K #1 Destroyer Edition as the Largest Comic Book Published. CruZader measures in at 37 inches by 24 inches, making it a bit difficult to fit on shelves.

Bob Bretall was recently declared the owner of the world's largest comic book collection, with 94,268 unique comics.

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