New Six Flags ride puts guests alongside Batman and Superman

08/28/2014 5:30 AM

08/28/2014 2:12 PM

Six Flags Over Texas will debut what it calls “the next generation of interactive thrills” at its Arlington park in 2015 with a ride called Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.

Six Flags has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment for the attraction, in which guests become members of the Justice League Reserve Team and “engage in a full-sensory journey,” alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern against Lex Luthor and The Joker, the park said.

“Introducing a dark ride that combines this level of technology and the popular DC Comics brand will bring an unmatched, interactive experience to our guests in 2015,” said Tom Iven, senior vice president of U.S. park operations for Six Flags, in a statement.

In March, the park started construction on the ride, gutting the former Adventure Theater that closed in 2011 and shutting down the neighboring Roaring Rapids water ride. That was required to allow workers access from the Roaring Rapids water reserve area to add a foundation for a 5,000-square-foot addition to the building, said park President Steve Martindale.

Roaring Rapids will reopen next season, he said. When completed, the six-story former theater will be about 17,000 square feet. The park’s Rocking Rocket ride is being put into storage and a gift shop is closing so that the front of the theater building can also be extended, he said.

Six Flags at St. Louis will also feature a similar ride next season, the Grand Prairie-based company said Thursday in revealing the new rides and attractions planned for all of its 18 parks.

Guests ride in six-passenger cars that have a high degree of durability and robotics, Martindale said. They are being built by Houston-based Oceaneering International, which specializes in remotely operated vehicles, some for deep-water uses. It is also working with NASA on space exploration vehicles, its website said.

The building’s interior will be made into the city of Metropolis and each guest will be able to fully participate and keep their own score, Martindale said. He said he expects the attraction to be a huge draw.

“Our CEO said he’d like the ride to be here. Obviously we agree with him,” Martindale said. He said the ride is among the park’s biggest in scope, including in terms of money spent.

The new local attraction will feature an interactive queue line and loading area where guests will receive instructions, 3D glasses and a stun gun to stop the bad guys. Riders will fight to save the world from being infected with The Joker’s special laughing gas.

The ride will be “a nexus of new technologies to put guests right in the center of this interactive battle,” the park said.

Animatronics were designed by Sally Manufacturing, 3D graphics and film were produced by Pure Imagination, and gaming elements by Alterface, Six Flags said.

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