Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Living in Los Angeles, I’m often asked, “What should I do when I’m in town?” Every single time that question comes up, I point people to the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour. I wrote about it here a few years ago. It’s a two hour-plus, small-group tour through the Warner Bros. lot where you’ll see amazing iconic locations, drive by live shoots, walk on famous sound stages and see two full museums of one of a kind props.
To keep the tour fresh, those museums (which you can only see as part of the tour) are semi-regularly updated. So, for example, when I was there a few years ago, the entire second floor of one was themed to Harry Potter. It probably still is. But the latest update is just as exciting. Warner Bros. has installed a massive Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibit including props from all seven of their Batman films. Check out a slew of images below.
All the information on the tour, and exhibit, are at this link. Here are just a selection of the provided photos.
So to be clear, this is just one part of the larger Warner Bros. tour, a tour that’s well worth taking even without Batman. I’ve toured multiple other studios – at least the ones who allow tours – and the Warner Bros. tour is by far the best.
Here’s some more info on the Batman 75th Anniversary exhibit via the press release:
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, we’re inviting you to delve into a world of superheroes, Grappling Guns and Batarangs at the studios where the classic movies were made.
This summer, you’ll be able to get up close to the iconic costumes, gadgetry and vehicles used in all seven movies as we open the doors to the Batcave and reveal some closely-guarded filmmaking secrets. Expert tour guides will accompany you as you spot iconic locations from the movies and will lead you to our newly-transformed Studio Tour museum – with more than half of the ground floor now dedicated to the Caped Crusader.
Six iconic Batsuits will be on display including the original version worn by Michael Keaton in Batman and the final Christian Bale costume from The Dark Knight Rises. You’ll get see a wide range of authentic costumes including those worn by Poison Ivy, The Riddler, Mr Freeze and Catwoman as well as some infamous prop weapons such as the Joker’s cards, Two-Face’s coin, Penguin’s umbrella and Bane’s bomb.
In Warner Bros. Picture Car Museum, which is located on the studio lot, a selection of the Dark Knight’s most iconic vehicles will be showcased – with the Bathammer, Bat-Pod and Tumbler taking centre stage. The Bat-Signal, used to call Bruce Wayne’s alter ego at a time of need, will be on display and you’ll get the chance to operate the infamous prop yourself.
A limited number of specially-themed Batman carts will be available throughout the day, ready to escort film fans around the studio lot.
The legend never ends.