A new Batman-themed promotion is launching on Fortnite today, confirming leaks from earlier this week.
The Fortnite X Batman event includes skins of both Batman and Catwoman, along with weapons based on the two’s arsenals. In addition to the skins, an area of the game’s map has been updated to look like Gotham City, and features challenges like foiling the Joker’s plans to disperse gas canisters around the city and lighting up bat-signals throughout the zone. The Batman event will conclude on October 6th.
If you want to just have the Batman skins and play Fortnite like normally would, you can still do that too. Inserting a character like Bruce Wayne into a world like Fortnite where he doesn’t belong is bound to result in some dissonance. The most notable example is his using firearms, which is something he has expressly condemned for years after the fatal shooting of his parents. The ridiculousness doesn’t end there, however, as some players have already noticed. While Fortnite does pay a tribute to Batman’s parents on the map by placing flowers where they were killed, there’s nothing to stop you from literally dancing on their grave in-game. Like Reddit user TheTalosIV did here:
The collaboration comes as part of “Batman Day,” an annual fan-driven but DC-sanctioned day celebrating the character through sales, community events, and even real-life bat signals being lit up in several major cities worldwide. This year marks the 80th anniversary of Batman’s debut in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939.
This isn’t the first time Fortnite has crossed over with comic book properties, as Marvel collaborated with Epic twice in the past two years to bring Thanos and other Avengers content to the game. More recently, Epic introduced the Fortnite mobile Party Hub, which allows players on multiple platforms to voice chat while playing the game.