Batman is set to be honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Not any specific actor to play the Caped Crusader. No, the DC Comics icon will, in fact, be getting a star all his own. Given the fact that this is a character that has endured within the pop culture landscape for 80 years and is showing no signs of slowing down, it seems appropriate that he be included.
The announcement of the 2020 Walk of Fame class was recently announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It's worth noting that these individuals are eligible to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. It's by no means a guarantee. Those eligible have to schedule the ceremony within two years, and pay for the star. It's not something that the city actually pays for. We're guessing Batman won't run into any issues on that front. Also on the Batman side of things, Burt Ward, who portrayed Robin alongside Adam West's version of the Dark Knight on the 1960s TV series, is also part of the 2020 class.
The character of Batman was created by legends Bob Kane and Bill Finger. He first appeared in the pages of Detective Comics #27 in 1939 and has been a staple of pop culture ever since. On the movie side, Adam West headlined Batman: The Movie in 1966. But it was Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, featuring Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne, that truly helped to change the character's trajectory on the big screen for good. Val Kilmer and George Clooney both played the character just once in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, respectively. The franchise was eventually rebooted in 2005 by director Christopher Nolan with Batman Begins. Its sequel, The Dark Knight, is still considered to be the gold standard for superhero movies. Christian Bale portrayed the character in those movies. Ben Affleck took over for him in the current run of DC movies, starting with 2013's divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
To date, Batman movies have grossed $4.9 billion at the global box office. Looking forward to the future, former Twilight star Robert Pattinson is set to take over the role for director Matt Reeves in The Batman, which is set to hit theaters in 2021. DC Comics has been using 2019 in its entirety as a celebration of the character's 80-year history, with various events and special releases to commemorate the occasion.
Plenty of other stars made the cut for the 2020 class as well. On the movie side of things, Mahershala Ali, Ruth E. Carter, Laurence Fishburne, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and Lina Wertmuller will also be getting stars. For their TV accomplishments, Christina Applegate, Andy Cohen, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Harry Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nigel Lythgoe, Milo Ventimiglia, Wendy Williams and Dr. Phil McGraw will get one. Andy Kaufman will be getting a posthumous star. Recording artists Elvis Costello, Sir Lucian Grainge, Billy Idol, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Andy Madadian, Mo Ostin, Bobby Rydell, Alejandro Sanz, Tanya Tucker and the Muddy Waters will be honored as well. Dave Chappelle and Billy Porter will also get a star, in addition to radio legend Susan Stamberg. This news was previously reported by NBC.