A new Justice League experience has been announced for Madam Tussauds Orlando which will be based on the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe movie franchise. Launching in 2013 with Man of Steel, the DCEU’s most recent release was their highly anticipated team-up venture, Justice League, which assembled Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) against the invading Steppenwolf. While Justice League made a profit, it proved to be the lowest grossing DCEU movie and attracted decidedly mixed reviews, with criticism specifically aimed at the movie’s plot, use of CGI and antagonist.
Founded in London during the 19th Century by Marie Tussaud, Madame Tussauds is an iconic museum of wax sculptures that has since opened attractions across the world, with the Orlando site officially unveiled in 2015. Famous for creating incredibly lifelike waxworks of celebrities, politicians and fictional characters, Madame Tussauds previously delved into the world of comic books with Marvel Studios, unveiling an Age of Ultron Hulkbuster statue at their Las Vegas exhibition, with Stan Lee himself cutting the ribbon.
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Madame Tussauds Orlando have now partnered up with Warner Bros. to develop a Justice League Experience named Justice League: A Call For Heroes, which is specifically based on the DCEU incarnation of the legendary superhero team. Launching on May 25th, the experience promises hi-tech interactivity as visitors join the Justice League to battle Lex Luthor, taking on a series of missions in locations such as Gotham City and Metropolis. Madame Tussauds are also holding a promotional treasure hunt, whereby fans that find hidden Mother Boxes can win a special VIP experience, which may explain why Steppenwolf was so keen on nabbing them.
Undoubtedly, bringing together the famous waxworks of Madame Tussauds with the timeless characters of Justice League is a winning combination. However, it’s interesting to see how keen the company is to do more than simply invite visitors to admire their wonderful creations, and Justice League: A Call For Heroes is placing a great deal of emphasis on interactive elements that involve fans in the exhibits, rather than just asking them to stand back and view from a distance. For example, visitors will apparently be able to help Wonder Woman release a blast from her gauntlets and aid Superman in lifting a helicopter.
While the Justice League experience certainly sounds like a treat for fans of both the DCEU movies and DC comics in general, some may be questioning whether it would have been wiser to base the exhibition on classic comic versions of each character, rather than the Warner Bros. varieties, due to the lukewarm fan reaction to the DCEU. Aside from Wonder Woman, the franchise has struggled in comparison to its Marvel rivals and with the status of Ben Affleck’s tenure as Bruce Wayne still unknown, the future of the Justice League in the DCEU is far from certain.
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Source: Madame Tussauds