Batman is one busy guy. As well as regularly appearing on our TV screens, at the cinema, in comic strips and at conventions up and down the country, he is also showing up in some more everyday locations. For example, on a trip far away from Gotham City, he recently visited Norwich Castle Mall in a replica Batmobile from the 1989 Batman Film. Eve since he introduced himself to the wide public as played by Adam West in the television series that ran from 1966 to 1968, Batman has been a favourite pop culture icon, and for a number of reasons - not only marketing either - he's never been absent from the spotlight. Here are five of our favourite places that we’d like Batman pop up in soon.
At A Party
What better place for the superhero to show up than at a party? Ideally, we'd like him to pop up at a special themed event to enjoy the different treats on offer. There are many different types of Batman decorations available to create the right atmosphere including plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners and black balloons to hang in the Batcave. Party Delights, for instance, offers over 110 individual Batman-themed products. Add to this some Penguin Punch or Joker Juice and the scene is set for a great night. A recent Buzzfeed article lists seven Batman character-inspired cocktails which seem ideal for such a party. Let’s just hope he shows up to join in the fun.
In a marathon
With the days getting longer and the nights lighter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and exercise more. For the runners (or spectators) amongst us, another great place to see Batman is in a marathon race. Robin currently holds the world half-marathon record for the fastest time recorded by a male dressed in superhero costume (1:09:33) with Batman not far behind (1:10:45). The marathon world record for a runner in a superhero costume currently lies with Wonder Woman though! This means the Virgin Money London Marathon, which takes place on the 23rd of April, is the perfect opportunity for Batman to show up and get on the leader board.
In Online Gaming
If spotting Batman in a road race sounds a bit too energetic for some of you, then another great place for him to appear would be in online games. There are quite a few genres to consider here. At the moment, thematic, officially licenced slots, such as those offered by Betway Casino, make great use of their different themes from across pop culture. In the Jurassic Park one, for example, the five different reels feature familiar creatures from the film such at the T-Rex, the Velociraptor, the Brachiosaurus, the Triceratops and the Dilophosaurus, all estimated to have inhabited the earth about 190 million years ago. Added to this title is a realistic tropical rainforest background, animated sequences and sound effects in keeping with the prehistoric setting. In other gaming genres, there are already some Batman games out. Web gaming hub Heroes Arcade has collected and provides free opportunities to play platform, action and more types of Batman-themed games from all over the web, even including Batman Dress Up and beat'em up title Batman Underground. It would be interesting to see Batman be developed in even more ways in gaming, with the Batcave being used as a backdrop for games to be played out against.
In a restaurant
Another exciting place for Batman to appear at would be in a restaurant. Imagine sharing your meal with him and Robin or having the superhero take care of your bill for you. While it can’t be guaranteed that Batman will pay a flying visit, there are places to eat that offer themed food. There's an official DC Comics cafe at the Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur which offers delights such as the Dark Knight Burger, which is served in a charcoal coloured bun, followed by Batman ice cream. A bit closer to home, Area 52 cafe in London also serves superhero inspired meals and decor. Watch out for Batman toys in fast food restaurants too – there have been plenty of giveaways by big names over the years, including McDonalds and Pizza Hut.
In new kinds of merchandiseA last place we’d like Batman to pop up in is in the form of even more unusual and quirkier types of merchandise. There are currently stacks of Batman toys, items of clothing and costumes, electronic goods, stickers and collectible items available for the discerning superhero fan. It’s also good to see new items coming onto the scene though. Last Christmas for example, it was great to see novelty jumpers that featured Batman and Robin, with designs including Fairisle as well as other characters such as The Joker in them too.
The new Lego Movie, which has grossed more than $173,000,000 so far, has also introduced different types of merchandise, with the five most popular new items amongst fans being Lego key ring lights, the Joker’s Notorious Low Rider, mini-figures set, Scarecrow Special Delivery and Batgirl Batjet Chase. With opportunities for appearing limitless, remember to keep your eyes peeled for Batman whenever you are out and about as he is sure to appear in one guise or another somewhere soon!