Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Takes Wannabe Heroes Into the Fourth Dimension
What kid growing up reading comics hasn't dreamed of being a member of an elite planet-saving force like the Justice League? Well now you're going to have the chance to help your favorite heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman tackle the likes of Lex Luthor and the Joker in a little place we like to call the fourth dimension. Wait. No. Texas. Which may as well be another dimension.
Yes, that's right; Six Flags Over Texas (the "Thrill Capital of Texas" as long as we're just putting words next to each other) will debut a new DC-themed attraction this summer dubbed Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. And get this --- it's going to be in 4D. Well, at least what amusement parks consider 4D, because it's not really possible to transcend the barriers of space and time in an amusement park ride unless you're in The Explorers.
Park-goers will join the DC Trinity, as well as Green Lantern, Cyborg and the Flash, in an effort to take down Luthor and the Joker before they can destroy Metropolis. The attraction puts riders in a six-person cart where they'll engage the big bads of the DCU under the duress of fire, cannon blasts and explosions with 3D projection and effects. All they'll have at their sides are a pair of 3D glasses and a blaster to shoot at 600 different targets, both virtual and tangible.
Judging by the teaser video (courtesy of Business Wire), Battle for Metropolis will play out a little bit like Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts mixed with a little of Toy Story Midway Mania, and with a dash of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Considering the effects aren't meant to be shown off on video like they are here, I'm giving the ride the benefit of the doubt in regards to execution. Some of those 3D scenes look a little more than awful, but once you're actually in the ride, they might look much more impressive. The mix of video and animatronics is definitely interesting, and if done right, could make Battle for Metropolis one of the more crowded attractions of the 2015 season. Don't be surprised if you end up having to wait in lines of more than 90 minutes to experience three minutes of Justice League action.
Gold Season Pass holders will be able to get a sneak preview on May 21, while regular Season Pass holders can get in early on May 22. There's no word on when it'll be open to the general public, but I imagine Memorial Day weekend would be a strong candidate.
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