| **Updated** 7/3/2008
I visited the AMC Studio 30 today to see the traveling Bat-Pod, mentioned in this press release below. The turnout was great and lots of movie goers were excited to see the “The Dark Knight” promotion going on outside the theatre, with the actual Bat-Pod on display. There were free posters for the first 500 people and drawings for prizes. I must admit the Bat-Pod was pretty cool. It was pretty much a motorcycle on steroids with huge cannons and guns. I was dying to ride it and see it in action. Now I just have to wait for the movie to officially release on July 18th to see it. Movie trailers, pictures and more are available at the official website www.thedarkknight.com. Pictures from the event are posted below.
By: John Koehler
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EXPERIENCE A "DARK KNIGHT" ON A HOT SUMMER DAY!
Batman's Bat Pod to Make Special Public Appearances Across KC Metro Area
WHAT: The original Bat Pod as seen in this summer's most highly anticipated movie THE DARK KNIGHT, will make two special appearances in Kansas City. Area residents will have a chance to view a piece of movie memorabilia and take pictures. The first 500 people will receive a THE DARK KNIGHT official movie poster.
WHERE: AMC Studio 30 with IMAX
12075 S. Strang Line Road
Olathe, KS 66062
KC RiverFest on the Waterfront & Berkley Park
115 West 5th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
WHEN: Thursday, July 3, 2008
TIME: AMC Studio 30 with IMAX : 11:30am - 2:00pm
KC RiverFest : 3:30 - 5:30pm
COST: There is no charge to see the Bat Pod.
Press Release: BATMAN'S NEW BAT-POD, FEATURED IN "THE DARK KNIGHT,"
WHEELS OUT ON A FOURTEEN-CITY TOUR
Burbank, California - June 27, 2008 - Audiences eagerly anticipating the release of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight" won't have to wait for the film's July 18th release date to see Batman's newest "ride." The Bat-Pod, Batman's latest vehicle, will be taking to the road for a 14-city North American tour, beginning Monday, June 30, 2008.
The Bat-Pod tour will take it to markets from coast to coast, including Phoenix ; Denver ; St. Louis ; Cleveland ; Kansas City ; Cincinnati ; Washington . DC; Philadelphia ; Boston ; Toronto ; Niagara Falls , NY ; New York City ; and Chicago , with the tour culminating in Los Angeles on the film's opening weekend.
As an added bonus, in seven of the fourteen tour markets the Batmobile-nicknamed the Tumbler, first seen in "Batman Begins-will be on display alongside the Bat-Pod.
The Bat-Pod's cross-country tour will be highlighted by appearances at several special events: the World Premiere of "The Dark Knight" on Monday, July 14th in New York City; The Dark Knight Gala, honoring filmmaker Christopher Nolan, hosted by the Chicago International Film Festival on Wednesday, July 16th; and the much-anticipated opening weekend/week of the film, when the Bat-Pod will be on display at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California.
Created by the same team that was responsible for the Tumbler, the Bat-Pod was designed by production designer Nathan Crowley and director Christopher Nolan, and brought to life by special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his crew. The Bat-Pod is a high-powered, heavily armed two-wheeled machine that is fast and maneuverable on city streets, but also capable of handling all terrains. It has the same monster truck tires as those found on the Batmobile and is self-standing, meaning it does not require a foot stand. Well outfitted for hostile situations, it is equipped with weapons on both sides: 40mm blast cannons, 50-caliber machine guns, and grappling hook launchers.