Today was christened Bat Appreciation Day (because everyone and everything now gets one) by DC Comics, and fans are having fan talking about their favorite Dark Knight Detective online. Naturally the official Batman account had to go and make things difficult by contributing to the "Pick 3" meme format and giving fans a choice of nine classic Batman stories. Included in the tweet were Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Court of Owls Saga, The Killing Joke, Knightfall, Gotham by Gaslight, The Long Halloween, Hush, and R.I.P. As fans began to make their choices, a clear favorite began to emerge as none other than "The Long Halloween" began trending on Twitter.
Which three Batman stories are at the top of your reading list? 🦇🤔 pic.twitter.com/N2MqmdtLI2— Batman (@DCBatman) April 17, 2020
Fans of the comic continue to sound off on their three favorites to pick from the collage, but the trend has continued to gain steam as non-Batman fans come to the realization of what "The Long Halloween" actually is. We've collected the best reactions about the comic, and the confusion about the trend, for you to read below!
Written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Tim Sale, between 1996 and 1997, The Long Hallwoeen is a direct sequel to Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and sees Batman continuing the fight against Gotham's organized crime syndicates - namely the Falcone and Maroni crime families. Bruce Wayne / Batman unites with both Catwoman, and lawmen Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent, to help battle the mob on both sides of the law. That quest gets much more complicated when a serial killer named "Holiday" begins assassinating mob family members on every major calendar holiday.
Long Halloween fans have a lot to look forward to in the future though as the upcoming live-action movie The Batman is reportedly inspired by the comic in part, as set photos from the film seem to indicate. Furthermore there was a report last year that an animated adaptation of the comic is in the works with a stacked ensemble cast reportedly including Troy Baker, Jensen Ackles, Titus Welliver, David Dastmalchian, and Katee Sackhoff. No official announcements about that film have been released though, but the first report on it pointed to a major roster of celebrities lending their voice to the project.
Is The Long Halloween your favorite Batman story? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
Good to see The Long Halloween trending - it's both one of my favorite Batman comics and favorite comics in general. Great storytelling and artwork, and Harvey Dent is always fascinating. #Batman @DCComics #batmanthelonghalloween #longhalloween— Ryan R. Nitsch (@Ryan_R_Nitsch) April 17, 2020
It's really that good
"The Long Halloween" is trending. Thanks for giving me a high note to end the week, Twitter. Also, if you haven't read it yet, please do. It's a phenomenal Batman story. pic.twitter.com/ZhFovB0V9J— Matt Gavin (@MattGavin22) April 17, 2020
Based on its trend status, we think so too
I'm thinking the Long Halloween is probably the top book from everyone.— Fame (@R3allyfamous) April 17, 2020
I'm surprised how many enjoy court of owls 🤔
They've got plenty of time right now!
People who are mad that Long Halloween the incredible Batman comic by Jeph Lobe and Time Sale is trending because it's not ~actual Halloween have clearly never read the comic.— Kirsten Anne 💗👩⚕️ (@kirstanneiam) April 17, 2020
King of the castle
the long halloween > everything else on this list, I'm right and I know it https://t.co/sL6GVk6jMn— o. @ mag spoilers (@lenaleeIee) April 17, 2020
This is the sentiment A LOT of people share
The Long Halloween is superior to all.— Dustin Scott (@DustinScott1986) April 17, 2020
Some didn't catch the reference in the trending topics
i thought long halloween was just going to be a proposal that we start celebrating halloween now and i was so excited— internet jew (@tashakaminsky) April 17, 2020
saw "the long halloween" trending and didn't know it was a batman story. i just immediately assumed it was what we're calling what we're living in right now.— Illingsworth (@illingsworth) April 17, 2020
Okay but Vincent Price was in the 1960s Batman series and Boris Karloff inspired Clayface
To see Long Halloween tending is just about Batman saddens my spooky soul. I’ll stick to my own favorites. pic.twitter.com/xptDy93GCZ— Ree Cee (@ree_cee) April 17, 2020
Put some respeck on his name
All these people tweeting “too bad Long Halloween is just some Batman story” as if it’s not one of the best fuckin stories out there, nah sis, don’t mess with a classic. pic.twitter.com/Cdgsn0iDcw— 🙃 (@sadboi805_) April 17, 2020