As part of the 75th anniversary celebration of DC Comics’ Batman, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is featuring a spectacular Batman Exhibit, on display now through December 2015. During the Studio Tour, groups of 12 guests board electric carts that take them to the studio lot for an exclusive tour through one of Hollywood's most famous motion picture and television studios. The two-hour tour is priced at $54 per person, and is suitable for children 8 and older. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.wbstudiotour.com or call 877-4-WB-TOUR.
Included with admission to the tour, the Batman Exhibit gathers costumes, vehicles, props and much more from all eight movies, a first for any exhibition. Expert tour guides point out locations from the movies, share fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, and invite you to explore the Studio Tour museum – the entire ground floor is now dedicated to the Caped Crusader.
Batsuits from all of the films are on display, as well as costumes from Batman’s Rogues Gallery, production art and models, and enough prop weapons and gadgets to make James Bond jealous. The exhibit will be organic, with more artifacts added as the run continues. Read on for highlights of the Batman Exhibit at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
In anticipation of the March 2016 release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costumes are the new star attractions in the Batman exhibit at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. The new costumes will be featured on the Studio Tour for a very limited time, through Sept. 23, 2015.
A limited number of specially-themed Batman carts will be available throughout the day, ready to escort film fans around the studio lot. Seating in the Batcarts is randomly assigned, and is included with admission to the Studio Tour.
The wall of cowls display features 15 masks worn by all of the actors who played Batman, from Michael Keaton to Christian Bale. Keaton’s cowl has deteriorated considerably, compared to Bale’s more recent headpiece, which resembles a motorcycle helmet in design and easy removal.
Batman (1989) is the movie that started it all for the film franchise. Directed by Tim Burton, the summer blockbuster stars Michael Keaton in the title role. At the time, the casting was controversial - Keaton was primarily known as a comedic actor. Jack Nicholson steals the movie as the Joker, and Kim Basinger plays photojournalist Vicki Vale. Costumes on display include Keaton’s Batsuit, Nicholson’s Joker outfit, and a Vicki Vale dress.
Keaton was back as Batman in Burton’s 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. Business tycoon Max Shreck (played by Christopher Walken) teams up with the Penguin (Danny DeVito) to take over Gotham City. Various A-list actresses were in the running to play Catwoman, a role that eventually went to Michelle Pfeiffer. Her costume is on prominent display, along with the other leads and props.
Joel Schumacher took the helm as director of Batman Forever (1995), starring Val Kilmer as Batman. Chris O’Donnell is introduced as Robin, with Jim Carrey as The Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face. Nicole Kidman plays Bruce Wayne’s love interest, Dr. Chase Meridian.
George Clooney donned the cowl in Batman & Robin (1997), also directed by Schumacher. O’Donnell was back as Robin, and Alicia Silverstone is introduced as Batgirl, the character’s only film appearance to date. Our heroes face off against Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). Costumes for all the leads are on display.
Warner Bros. rebooted the film franchise in 2005 with Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale in the title role. The re-telling of Batman’s origin also stars Michael Caine as Alfred, Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend and love interest. Morgan Freeman, as Lucius Fox, supplies Batman with the high tech gear he needs to battle the Scarecrow, played by Cillian Murphy.
The second film in Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight (2008), reunites the cast of the previous film, including Bale, Caine, Oldman and Freeman. Aaron Eckhart is introduced as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and the late Heath Ledger plays The Joker. Ledger’s incredible performance as Batman’s arch-nemesis earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Dark Knight received widespread critical acclaim and set box office records, earning over $1 billion in revenue worldwide.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is the final film in Nolan’s trilogy, and once again stars Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Anne Hathaway joins the cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Tom Hardy is Bane, a mercenary who wants to destroy Gotham City. The Dark Knight Rises outgrossed its predecessor and is currently ranked the tenth-highest-grossing film of all time.
During the Studio Tour, visitors will see the Embassy Courthouse, which has appeared in countless productions over the years and is best known to fans of the Batman TV series as the headquarters of the Gotham City Police Department. A shot of the Dynamic Duo pulling up to Gotham P.D. in the Batmobile, then racing up the stairs, was filmed in the first season and repeatedly used throughout the series. The complete Batman TV series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward (1966-68), is scheduled to be released on DVD for the first time in November 2014.
The Batman Exhibit continues in the Warner Bros. Picture Car Vault, which is located on the studio lot and showcases a selection of iconic vehicles from throughout the film series. Highlights include the Batmobile from Batman, the Bathammer (Batman & Robin), and the Batpod (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises).
The newest incarnation of the Batmobile is now on view in the Picture Car Vault as part of the special Batman exhibit. “The arrival of the new Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will bring our Studio Tour guests closer than ever to the entertainment they love,” said Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s Executive Director, Danny Kahn. “It’s the first time in our history we have the opportunity to showcase memorabilia from a film exclusively to our guests before its release. The new Batmobile, alongside the other iconic vehicles, is definitely a must-see.” The fully armored machine is unlike any of its predecessors and will be on display with the Dark Knight’s other vehicles in the Picture Car Vault through Dec. 31, 2015.
Guests are invited to step into Commissioner James Gordon’s shoes and turn the Bat-Signal off and on to summon the Dark Knight.
A new Batmobile, called the Tumbler, was created for Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. Two versions of the Tumbler - which resembles a cross between a tank and a Lamborghini - are on display in the exhibit.