He's been protecting Gotham for 80 years – and on Saturday night, Gotham said thank you.
Hundreds gathered in Brooklyn to see a huge bat signal at Williamsburg's Domino Sugar Refinery, reminiscent of eight decades of the Caped Crusader.
People flocked to Domino Park on the waterfront to celebrate Batman Day and personally shake the hand of their brave hero from their hometown – a pint-sized fan even brought along his puppy, which was disguised as a famous superhero.
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill performed at The Celebration – Changing His Twitter Account Description in "James Gordon, Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department."
Gordon, a protagonist in the Batman universe, often flashed the Bat signal to alert Batman to the looming threat in Gotham.
On Saturday night, O'Neil tweeted a picture of the Bat signal and wrote, "You'd think I could only twitter about our favorite Crusaders. Cities around the world celebrated the annual event by Signal ̵
Batman Day is celebrated every year on the third Saturday in September, but this year's celebration was special – 80 years since the crime fighter also became known as Bruce Wayne appeared in the DC Comic Universe.
It is unclear why the annual event has no specific date, but the purpose of Batman Day is to celebrate the anniversary of the Crest's first appearance in Detective Comics # 27 in May 1939
Waynes fictional hometown of Gotham has become a permanent nickname for New York City – Batman creator Bill Finger models the gritty resident's superhero after the Big Apple.