After its successful run in Paris, France, DC Entertainment along with Warner Bros. Consumer Products in collaboration with Art Ludique-Le Musee bring the unique history of DC superheroes to London’s O2 with the DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes.
We were privileged enough to get a first look around the exhibition which includes more than 200 original comic pages stemming from its very creation in 1938 to 45 original costumes, models and props used in the films up to the present day, including Justice League before it opens to the public on February 23rd.
If you are expecting an exhibition along the lines of the previous Star Wars Identities in some ways, you will not be disappointed. The walk-through tour, which is guided by a hand-held listening device, doesn’t have the same level of interaction or as an extensive array of costumes or artwork on display, making this a short but equally impressive look at the iconic Super Heroes and Villains from the DC Universe.
The exhibition begins with two of DC’s biggest heroes, Superman and Batman. The caped crusader, taking precedent as so he should, having been the first superhero to emerge from Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel back in 1938. The walls are laced with historic comic book artwork, through to concept art from Christopher Reeves portrayal of the clean-cut man in tights. Also on display are the ever-evolving costumes, from Reeves to Henry Cavill’s incarnation of the character.
Moving into a second room, Batman’s role in the DC Universe takes hold. The creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger followed only a year after Superman. As you can imagine, the tone of Batman’s dedicated area becomes a dark haven of visually iconic pieces beginning with an enormous statue from 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Costumes range from Michael Keaton’s portrayal, through to Christian Bale’s in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Thankfully, Batman has a few decent accessories to aid him in his transportation, The Batmobile an the Batcycle which are also on display – having said that the Batmobile is not a full-size replica. There are also video’s playing with interviews from both Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan.
Also on display are costumes from Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman to Batman’s nemesis’ such as The Riddler, Danny DeVito’s Penguin, Jack Nicholson’s The Joker and Tom Hardy’s Bane.
Although not as big as her predecessors, Wonder Women also has her own dedicated room which is home to exclusive artworks from Patty Jenkins Wonder Women. Costumes range from Gal Gadot’s 2017 Wonder Women to Lynda Carter’s iconic costume from the 70’s.
Honourable mentions are also made to the more recent cinematic versions of Suicide Squad and Justice League but are nowhere near as extensive as DC’s staple superheroes. The remaining part of the exhibition is made up preparatory sketches and vibrantly coloured comic book covers featuring the likes of The Flash and Green Lantern.
Throughout the exhibition, via your handheld devices, original soundtracks of the DC films and series showcase the original artwork transporting you into the rich history of the fantastical world of DC superheroes and villains but no sooner as the closing compilation video of iconic scenes from the movies close, you wish that there was more to discover.
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes runs from 23rd February 2018 until 9th September 2018.
Ticket Price: Adult £22/Child £11/Concession £19.80/Family of 3 £39.60/Family of 4 £55/Family of 5 £60.50
To book your tickets visit www.DCExhibition.co.uk