The city of Burbank on Friday unveiled a seven-and-a-half-foot tall bronze statue of Batman.

The 600-pound sculpture of the iconic superhero is based on a 2002 drawing by Jim Lee, the chief creative officer-publisher of DC Entertainment.

The colossal statue, which now stands in the AMC Walkway of Downtown Burbank, was funded by Visit Burbank, the city’s destination marketing organization.

“The Batman sculpture, and the ones to follow, help showcase Burbank as a leading tourist destination and will further highlight the city’s status as the media capital of the world,” Burbank Mayor Sharon Springer said Friday, calling Batman “Burbank’s newest resident.”

A digital sculptor brought Lee’s drawing of the Dark Knight to life as a 3D artwork, which was then crafted in bronze by local artists, according to Visit Burbank.

The commemorative statue of the beloved comic book hero is hoped to become a popular “selfie spot” in the city, Burbank officials said.

“While Batman is one of the few DC superheroes without actual superpowers, Batman does actually possess the unbelievable ability to bring fans of all kinds together around something they love,” Lee said. “If any superhero deserves a statue raised in their honor in times like this, Batman is that hero.”

Erin Myers reports from Burbank for the KTLA 5 News on Nov. 22, 2020.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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