SDCC 2019: Immersive ‘Batman Experience’ Comes To The Comic-Con Museum
by Gary Catig
Back during WonderCon, it was announced that Batman would become the first inductee into the Comic-Con Museum’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony is to take place on July 17th at the museum’s future home in Balboa Park. In addition, during San Diego Comic Con, the museum will also host The Batman Experience Powered By AT&T.
The massive installation is to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight and will take up all three stories of the museum covering 68,000 square feet. Fans can experience the crime fighting world of the Caped Crusader and view the largest ever collection of Batman-related props, costumes and vehicles. The exhibition begins at 10 am on Thursday, July 18, and runs until Sunday, July 21. The event is free to the public and does not require a Comic Con badge.
DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, Jim Lee, says:
DC is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Comic-Con to celebrate Batman’s 80th, from our dozens of panels to our newly expanded booth which is the largest on the convention center floor – THE BATMAN EXPERIENCE takes everything to the next level.
Check out all the other elements of the exhibition, which is a collaboration between DC Entertainment and AT&T.
- The Dark Knight Dive is the centerpiece attraction of THE BATMAN EXPERIENCE and a one-of-a-kind VR skydiving experience into the Gotham City. By combining a skydive booth with the magic of VR goggles and a helmet in the shape of a Batman cowl, gamers and Batman fans will enjoy a 4D interactive experience. Visitors will virtually fly through Gotham City in pursuit of the Scarecrow, who in attempting to take over the city, unleashes his Fear gas and creates a harrowing journey for fans through Batman’s 80 years of friends and foes.
- The Batcave gaming lounge will feature all generations of Batman video and arcade games straight from the DC archives – examples include Warner Bros. titles such as Batman The Brave And The Bold (Wii or 3DS), LEGO Batman 3 (PS4), Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4) and Injustice 2 (PS4) – and are all available to play as part of THE BATMAN EXPERIENCE.
- Hundreds of rare pieces of iconic DC comic book art and large-scale film and television props, including several from Tim Burton’s groundbreaking “Batman” film such as the Batmobile and Batsuit worn by Michael Keaton. The original Batman feature film is celebrating its own 30th anniversary this year. Joining these classic pieces will be a new car created by “Wayne Technology” that will give fans a taste of their future entertainment experiences in autonomous cars with 5G.
- WHAAM! KABOOM! POW! The Rogue Gallery Rumble is an interactive punching bag experience that uses projection mapping and lights to trigger classic and iconic animations and sounds throughout the space.
- A special 6-foot Batman Black & White Statue designed by acclaimed artist and writer Todd McFarlane will be unveiled on July 17, marking the 100th statue in the line. The one-of-a-kind life-size version of the 100th statue will be displayed throughout SDCC along with the other 99 Batman Black & White figures from DC Collectibles.