PERUGIA, Italy, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The 70th anniversary of Batman's creation is being celebrated in Perugia, Italy, with a five-day festival packed with discussions and movie screenings.
The Bat-festival, which began Thursday night, includes an exhibition on Batman and other comic book and movie super heroes. There also are question-and-answer sessions with Italian artists Simone Bianchi, Claudio Castellini and Gabriele dell'Otto, who have drawn super heroes for Batman publisher DC Comics and Marvel Comics, home of Spider-Man, ANSA reported Friday.
A movie marathon is also planned, screening Christopher Nolan's recent blockbusters "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight;" Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Batman Returns;" and Joel Shumaker's "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin."
The exhibition at Palazzo della Penna's Contemporary Art Museum, which opened along with the Batman celebration but will stay open until Jan. 9, is titled "Super Hero Art: The mythology of the American comic book" and features exhibits on the development of super heroes through several mediums, including comic books, movies and video games.