DC Universe fans in for a treat

(From left) Sharma, Tan and Amirudin with the Batmobile on display at The World of DC Exhibition being held at Tropicana Gardens Mall’s convention centre in Petaling Jaya until April 1. — GLENN GUAN/The Star

IF YOU ever wondered how the Batmobile used in the Batman movies looks like up close, Tropicana Gardens Mall is the place to be.

Fans of the DC Universe (DCU) and movie aficionados are in for a treat as The World of DC Exhibition is being held at Level 3A of the mall’s convention centre in Petaling Jaya until April 1.

Held for the first time in Asia, the exhibition by Warner Bros, Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and Beast Kingdom is organised by WOW Event Asia.

Expect movie props, concept art, costumes, life-size exhibits and interactive elements, along with exclusive merchandise celebrating iconic DC Super Heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman together with super villains such as Harley Quinn, Joker and El Diablo.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, who launched the exhibition, said such a global-scale event would boost Selangor’s tourism.

“I am pleased that Selangor was chosen to host this exhibition.

“Events like this certainly have pull factor for the tourism industry, positioning Selangor as a preferred tourism destination.

“They also have the potential to drive economic growth, retail expansion and community engagement across all ages and backgrounds, strengthening the outlook for Malaysia as a whole.

“The exhibition took more than 150,000 man-hours to put together and is targeting over 200,000 visitors over three months.

“With events like this, we hope to see domestic and international tourist arrivals continue to rise as a pillar of the state’s economy,” he said.

WOW Event Asia executive director Mary Koh said the team had invested much time and effort in the planning and preparation.

“All efforts go to delivering the most authentic and enjoyable The World of DC Exhibition experience and bringing these iconic characters to life,” she said.

Also present were Warner Bros Discovery consumer products, advertising and partnership head Vikram Sharma, Beast Kingdom general manager (South-East Asia) Yee Shiuh Lam, Tropicana Group managing director Dion Tan as well as WOW Event Asia director Wong Jyb Sheng and Tropicana Gardens Mall managing director Andrew Ashvin.

The exhibition features seven themed zones covering 35,000 sq ft of exhibition space, with each zone focusing on specific characters and themes.

These range from the Dawn of Justice, featuring Superman and Batman, to the Rise of Super Villains, highlighting the Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad, as well as a retail merchandise area.

Among the highlights are the six tonne-Superman monument seen in Justice League while fans of the caped crusader will be struck with awe with the Batmobile, bat-signal projection lamp, batsuit as well as a full weapon closet filled with Batarang and other gadgets.

Also, catch a glimpse of Wonder Woman’s Golden Eagle armour in Wonder Woman 1984, Aquaman’s trident as well as impeccably drawn artworks of the movie scenes.

Those who fancy DCU’s villains and anti-heroes can indulge in the vibrant colour setting of the Suicide Squad zone while those who treasure details in movie props can check out the Justice League villain Steppenwolf battle axe on display.

Along the way, visitors can experience the excitement of wielding superpowers through interactive showcases such as Wonder Woman’s Training Field, Aquaman’s Aquarium and more.

In addition, a vibrant array of Instagram hotspots abound, including Suicide Squad’s Graffiti Wall and El Diablo.

Tickets for The World of DC Exhibition are priced at RM38 for children aged three to 12 years, RM55 for Mykad holders, RM65 for non-Mykad holders and RM150 for Express tickets.

Admission is complimentary for children below three years old.

For ticket sales, visit woweventasia.com/the-world-of-dc-exhibition or email @woweventasia.com.

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