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Taking a Fond Look Back At Six Flags' Sensational Batman: The Ride

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | October 08, 2015

Taking a Fond Look Back At Six Flags' Sensational Batman: The Ride

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Let’s take you back to a time before Batman was about to battle Superman in theaters and Marvel movies didn’t pepper the summer blockbuster calendar every year. It was 1992 and Batman: The Ride was about to thrill your socks off.

Condolences to anyone who has ever lost their actual socks to this Six Flags mainstay.

In either case, we are back to take a nostalgic look at theme parks of the past. In this case, the attraction is still very much alive and well, featuring at parks such as Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags parks in St. Louis, Georgia and Texas.

Thanks to YouTube, we can take a radical journey to the early 1990s, when the cartoons were cool and Michael Keaton was playing Batman.

Here is a nice little video from Six Flags Great America that features an opening day news report complete with kids rocking fashion trends at the time:

The rest of the video highlights b-roll that gives a glimpse of the ride as it was in its infancy.

The following snippet features a commercial for Batman: The Ride as well as peek at Batman the Stunt Show:

It was a magical time, well before Joel Schumacher ever got his hands on the franchise.

As many of you know, Batman: The Ride is an inverted roller coaster that lets you dangle your feet below the ride.

As Wikipedia states, it was a first of its kind.

Great America’s website has some nice little factoids to chew on as you ponder your next trip.

As noted, this was the “world’s first suspended outside-looping roller coaster.” What’s more, the various twist portions of the ride boast three seconds of zero-gravity experience. 

And we don’t think the ride is going anywhere soon. We are in the hype phase for next year’s colossal blockbuster “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

While the trailers paint this as a dark take on the DC universe, there is a ride now over 20 years old giving absolutely brilliant thrills.

We have to say, the attraction ages about as well as Bruce Wayne himself.


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