(Updated 6:35 PM Eastern with photos of the statue.)
DC Entertainment and the Burbank Hospitality Association, also known as Visit Burbank, have teamed for a new attraction spotlighting one of the publisher’s most famous properties. A 7 1/2′ statue of Batman, based on artist and DC publisher Jim Lee‘s 2002 design for the character from the Batman: Hush storyline, has been revealed in downtown Burbank. The statue, sculpted digitally by Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, was cast in bronze by Burbank’s American Fine Arts Foundry and Fabrication, and weighs 600 pounds.
The Lee design used for the new statue is similar to that used for an earlier Batman: Black & White statue based on Lee’s pre-New 52 Batman design:
DC Collectibles has produced numerous statues based on Jim Lee’s Batman artwork in the past, including one based on the artwork to the cover to the Batman #608 second printing:
The Burbank statue of the Dark Knight is the latest permanent real-world representation of a famous comic book superhero. The current 15′ statue of Superman that has stood in Metropolis, IL has been there since 1993, and a 13′ statue of Captain America was erected in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. A life-sized statue of Tintin and Snowy also stands in Brussels, Belgium, and has since 1976.
Check out the full release announcing the placement of the statue below. The new statue of Batman is on display in Burbank now.
BURBANK, CA (November 20, 2020) Today, the World’s Greatest Detective arrived in Burbank, California, in the form of a colossal Batman statue based on the critically acclaimed Batman: Hush character design by world-renowned artist, publisher, and chief creative officer of DC, Jim Lee.
Brought to life by Visit Burbank in partnership with DC, Lee’s celebrated design from his 2002 Batman run was reimagined in 3D form by digital sculptor, Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, and expertly crafted in bronze by the skilled artisans at Burbank’s American Fine Arts Foundry and Fabrication. The final statue measures seven-and-a-half feet tall and weighs 600 pounds.
Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, and has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery, and justice to generations of fans for over 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, and apparel and lifestyle products, as well as blockbuster animated and live-action films. Batman continues to be one of the most popular superheroes ever created—and, now, he is being commemorated in statue form by the City of Burbank.
The newly installed Batman statue can be viewed in the AMC Walkway of Downtown Burbank. Visitors are strongly advised to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.
For the latest Batman news and information, follow @Batman on Instagram and Facebook and @DCBatman on Twitter.
To learn more about how Visit Burbank engages with residents, businesses, visitors and increases tourism in Burbank, visit https://www.visitburbank.com/.