Holy Holiday, Batman!

I wouldn’t be much of a nerd if I didn’t take a moment to get excited about this upcoming Saturday. What’s so special about Saturday, you ask?

Well…it’s…. BATMAN DAY!

Which got me thinking… what is the best way to celebrate the Dark Knight? The Caped Crusader? The World’s Greatest Detective? (Wow… I’ve never realized before how many aliases the guy has….)

And, being the total nerd that I am, I came up with a whole list of celebratory options. After all, as Batman has said: “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” So here it is:

Holy Holiday, Batman! 10 Ways to Celebrate Batman Day

(10) Make Bat-cookies! You can find bat-shaped cookie cutters online. Decorate them however you like, though I would recommend some dark chocolate ganache icing for the Dark Knight.

(9) Play a Batman-themed board game. Yes, there are Batman board games. But if I had to recommend one in particular, it’s actually an expansion of the popular DC Deckbuilding card game. This special “Rivals” set is designed for two players and pits Batman against the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. (For extra fun, use a Batman voice if you’re playing as Batman, and if you’re playing as Joker, throw in a few “Batsys.”)

(8) Action figures. If you have kids (and, heck, even if you don’t have kids–no judgment here), play out your own adventure. Or… just admire and/or catalog your collection. Mint-in-box, anyone?

(7) Cosplay. Another good one with kids: Have a costume contest for everyone in the family. See who can dress up as the best Batman character. The winner can pick the next Bat-activity.

(6) Say it with style. I’m not saying you have to wear your favorite Batman t-shirt today… but I am saying that a Batman t-shirt automatically makes someone 10-percent cooler.

(5) Brackets. Who is the strongest villain? Who’s the best actor to play Batman? What is the best Batman comic? This list can go on and on. Make a March Madness-style bracket and debate with your friends!

(4) Read your favorite comics. Whether you look back over your own collection, or head to the library and check out a compilation, today is a great day to revisit some of Batman’s greatest mysteries. (Looking for a good compilation? Try one of these: Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Batman Adventures collections, and Batman: Arkham collections.)

(3) How about a novel? Yes, there actually are Batman novels, too. Try out: Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman or Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. (I’ve not had the chance to actually read either of these myself, but they’re both regularly checked out at my library… and also totally on my to-read list.)

(2) Cartoon Marathon: Batman: The Animated Series is a classic, but it’s definitely not the only choice. There are a plethora of DC animated movies. (Note: not all of them are for kids!) Whether you choose something more mature, or get nostalgic with a favorite from your childhood, you’re sure to get lots of Gotham action.

(1) Movie Marathon! Lots to choose from here: You could go for the hardcore Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, or you could opt for a lighter, funnier Caped Crusader with Lego: Batman and Adam West. You really can’t go wrong either way.

So there you have it–ten ways to celebrate Batman.

Here’s to the Dark Knight: The hero who teaches us that you don’t need powers to be super. You just need willpower, intelligence, (if we’re being honest, a lot of money), and the desire to do good.

Batman’s been around for over 80 years. Here’s to 80 more!

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