The Dark Knight Rises will be out on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and digital download on December 4th. To celebrate the end of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has put together The Dark Knight Legends Exhibit located at L.A. Live’s Event Deck in Downtown Los Angeles. Did I mention it’s FREE to the general public? It’ll be open daily from Noon-9:00 p.m. through December 14th. You’ll get to see costumes and props from the Dark Knight trilogy, Batman art from the DC Comic art exhibit, and most importantly seven different Batmobiles!
You will see the Batmobile from the Batman television series (1966) with Adam West, the Batmobile from Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), and the Tumblers and Bat-Pod from Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).Aside from the great cars we also got to see numerous costumes from the Dark Knight trilogy, including the two Batman suits, Bane’s costume, the Joker’s suit and his nurse disguise, the suit for Two-Face, the Scarecrow costume, Catwoman suit, and props and costumes for The League of Shadows.
Walk around some of the costumes, you’ll also find great scale models from the Dark Knight Rises, like The Pit Prison, Bane’s underground layer, the Fusion Reactor chamber, and of course the Bat Cave.
The Batman art includes a centerpiece by legendary artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee. All of the artworks were so amazing that I wanted to take some of it home with me, especially several different prints with Harley Quinn. The artist ranged from comic book artists, illustrators, and designers. They had three months to create the pieces that ranged from digital prints, skate decks, and even a LEGO Catwoman, yes you heard right, a LEGO Catwoman with her signature whip.
The press event had a great panel with designers and a few lucky owners of some of these wonderful iconic cars. George Barris, the designer of the original Batmobile, gave out a great piece of information at the event. The number one Batmobile, his pride and joy, will be up for auction and is expected to sell at a price tag that may go over seven figures! I had a chance to talk to George Barris himself and asked why he would want to sell such a treasured car. George told me he wants to share the number one Batmobile with the world.
We also spoke to another proud owner, this time of a restored Michael Keaton Batmobile; Jeff Dunham, a great comedian, ventriloquist and overall nice guy. Jeff purchased the vehicle and had it restored. He was gracious enough to lend it to the exhibit. We asked Jeff a few questions, like which one of his puppets he would consider to be his Robin (see video above).
During the panel we got some great information about a one hour documentary about the Batmobiles that’s included in the Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray. All seven Batmobiles from the exhibit are shown off, and you’ll see interviews with the builders and designers, actors, and drivers from the Dark Knight Trilogy.
The first question that came up in the panel was, “What was in your head when you first designed these [Batmobiles]?”
George Barris, the designer of the first Batmobile for the Batman TV series answered, “I said, ‘If you’re going to create a car for a comic book, make it a people’s car. Make it a car that everybody would enjoy, kids, families and everything.” Not only did George achieve that goal, but all of the vehicles have found a place in our nerdy hearts. Later in the panel Tim Flattery, the designer of the Tumblers, said that in Batman Begins, they were going to destroy the Tumbler. However, after the first night of filming, where Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) were test driving it, everyone fell in love with it [the Tumbler] and became quite attached to it. By the second film they couldn’t resist and they had to blow it up to give birth to the Bat-Pod. All of these juicy details can be found in the documentary in The Dark Knight Rises.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the Batman franchise or not, this is worth seeing in person. If you want to go see the exhibit you can access L.A. LIVE’s Event Deck (directly behind Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE) from the stairways at the corner of Chick Hearn Ct. and Georgia St. or at the entrance at West Road and Georgia St. (1 block South of Olympic Blvd). Admission to the exhibit is free to the public. The exhibit hours are Monday through Sunday, 12:00PM – 9:00PM from November 30th to December 14th.