BY VIRGINIA STILL
Summer blockbusters are hugely anticipated; people are looking both to be entertained and transported to another world. The release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” this past March opened the door for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. pictures to entertain comic book and superhero fans with a collection of new movies that will come out over the next few years. A new twist on superhero movies explodes onto the big screen this month, when the spotlight is focused on a team of the world’s most dangerous supervillains.
The “Suicide Squad” hit the big screen on Aug. 5 worldwide in an action packed film complete with actors Will Smith (Deadshot), Jared Leto (Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and a plot that will keep you intrigued.
The incarcerated supervillains are assembled for a mission to defeat an ambiguous entity, being handpicked by U.S. intelligence officer Waller so that if they fail or die doing so, it would not be a great loss.
Along with the hit movie that many fans have been waiting for, Warner Bros. Studios Tour Hollywood and DC Entertainment has also added the DC Universe: The Exhibit as their newest attraction that allows fans to get up close and personal with some authentic props, costumes, and set pieces from the most recent feature films. The exhibit opened to the public in May.
At the Warner Bros. Archive Building the seven members of the Justice League banners were featured with Green Lantern, Flash, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Aquaman to greet you as well as the glass case showcasing the very first comic book edition for each character.
There was a section set up with televisions where guests could play the latest DC Comics video games.
Some of the highlights of the interactive experience are the Batcave props from Ben Affleck’s first outing as Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” kryptonite enclosed in a glass case which you can hold by inserting your hands into gloves with access to the case, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman costumes, as well as Harley Quinn’s costume and jail cell that was set at Belle Reve prison in “Suicide Squad.”
Gene Simmons from Kiss made an appearance at the opening of the exhibit as well as Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers, both of whom are comic book fans. Clarkson posed with his favorite character the Joker and Simmons posed with Batman.
“The great thing about what Warner Brothers and DC have done is to show everybody that the geeks have finally won,” stated Simmons in a speech addressing the media on opening day. “It’s our world and now you all just live in it.”
The “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie earned more than $870 million to date at the worldwide box office. The exhibit also honors the origins of DC Comics, including all seven Super Heroes of the Justice League, exclusively at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
“Since 1934, DC Comics has built a legacy of creating the world’s greatest superheroes and supervillains,” said Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s Executive Director Danny Kahn in a press release. “DC Universe: The Exhibit gives you the chance to explore the world of these characters from their first comic book appearance, to our latest feature blockbusters.”
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood includes a three-hour tour of a working Hollywood Studio of outdoor sets and soundstages that have been used to produce shows. During the tour guests will have exclusive access to sets like the “Gilmore Girls,” “The Big Bang Theory,” the Harry Potter Exhibit, the real Central Perk set from the television series “Friends” and of course the newest addition to the tour, DC Universe: The Exhibit.
There may be time for one last summer getaway with the family – hitting the exhibit itself – especially after watching the “Suicide Squad” on the big screen this month.