Event Profile: Batman On the Lot
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics’ iconic Batman character, the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour team worked closely with DC Entertainment to create “The Batman Exhibit,” and they joined forces with the Warner Bros. Special Events department to host a private industry showing of this new attraction.
Our guests traveled by “Bat-tram” (a special version of the VIP Tour’s trams skinned with the Batman logo and Gotham City skyline) through the backlots. VIP Tour guides pointed out Batman trivia while highlighting several locations where scenes from some of the films were filmed on the lot. Guests made their way through Hennesy Street, past the Steven J. Ross Theater (where a custom marquee sign welcomed them) and Brownstone Street, finally pulling up to the museum entrance. Inside, the space was cool, serene, and just the right balance of dark and moody – as any bat cave should be.
What makes this backlot exhibit extra special? It represents the first time ever that artifacts from all seven of the Batman films have been exhibited together. Event guests were able to get up-close-and-personal with the original suits worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale in their respective portrayals of Batman.
In addition, guests viewed costumes worn by prominent supporting characters and villains, including Robin, the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl and Alfred. Also on display are a wide range of original movie props, including Batarangs, Joker cards, Two-Face coins, one of the Penguin’s umbrellas and Bane’s bomb.
The evening featured some fun and unique features as well, including hors d’oeuvres and Batman-themed cocktails (riddle me any other museum where that happens!) and a colorful, one-of-a-kind photo backdrop of iconic Batman comic book covers created in the museum to allow for photo sharing on social media.
During this event, many of our guests also enjoyed having their photos taken in front of the various cowls worn by Batman over the years, with the full-size Batman costume featured on the other side.
The cameras continued to snap at our next stop: the studio’s Picture Car Vault, which was transformed into a Gotham City nightclub for the evening, complete with smoke machines, moving lights and an eclectic dance mix.
Here, several of the Caped Crusader’s most famous vehicles, including the Batpod, Tumbler, and several Batmobiles, were on exhibit.
Costumed wait staff, dressed in Catwoman, Bane, Two-Face, the Joker, and Harley Quinn-inspired attire, greeted guests with specialty cocktails and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres.
A green-screen photo opportunity gave guests the chance to be seen with the Tumbler while many left the evening “inked” with their own Batman 75th tattoos. A selfie kiosk enabled our guests to share their experience via social media.
Everyone left with a backpack-style gift bag stuffed with a special edition comic book, a signal pen, 75th anniversary T-shirts, and “The Dark Knight” DVD trilogy.
The event was a lot of fun and gave us a chance to reveal a new secret power of our own – clients hosting a lunch, dinner, or cocktail party with the Special Events team can now add a VIP Tour featuring these one-of-a-kind exhibits.
eNews July 2014