Batman turns 80

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 7 Aug 2019

Hong Kong is a perfect backdrop for drama and action movies. A list of older classics featuring the territory would include The World of Suzie Wong from 1960 and Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon (1973).

More recent ones include Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Ghost in the Shell (2017), both of which featured scenes in some out-of-the-way neighborhoods that have become tourist attractions as a result.

And, of course, there are local productions like 1994's Chungking Express, 2002's Internal Affairs and many more.

One huge blockbuster set in Hong Kong was the Batman movie The Dark Knight, made in 2008. In one memorable scene, the caped crusader leaps between the skyscrapers of IFC. Quite a feat for someone approaching his 70s.

Why do I say that? Because this year happens to be Batman's 80th birthday. The superhero was created by artist Bob Kane and first appeared in 1939 in a comic whose publishers wanted to compete with a rival comic's new Superman character.

Little did they know that 80 years later the masked crime fighter would have made it as far as Hong Kong.

As part of the celebrations, a pop-up Batman store is selling reprints of old comic covers, and a Batman Night Run will take place at West Kowloon cultural district waterfront. Runners will of course be dressed as Batman characters.

And you can put a date in your diary for September 21, when the Bat Signal will be beamed on to the walls of the Peninsula Hotel.

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee


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