If your little caped crusader just can’t get enough of superheroes, there’s a new tour in town that will thrill them as much as an invisible jet. Warner Bros Studios opened their newest attraction, DC Universe: The Exhibit in May and it’s a must-see for die-hard comic fans and casual Super Man fans alike. While you wait for the Wonder Woman movie (as we all are!), take a trip through the history of DC Comics and get up-close with the Super Heroes (and Super Villains) kids love.

photo: Elizabeth Kate

Hit the Back Lot
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour was, and is, a fabulous adventure into the history of Hollywood. The basic tour takes you behind the scenes of this famous motion picture studio’s 110-acre lot and into the actual sound stages where some of Warner Bros. hit shows have been made and where some of your faves are being shot today, including Ellen and The Big Bang Theory. The kids will love The Harry Potter Exhibit and The Picture Car Vault, where they can ride on Harry’s Broomstick in front of a green screen and take a Bat-Pod for a spin. Stage 48: Script to Screen is fully interactive and you and your family can discover how movies and TV shows are created, from start to finish. The magic of Hollywood is unveiled, in a very realistic way for budding moguls. (It’s more nuts and bolts than the tram ride at Universal, which is also a great peek into movie making.)

Then, the tour went and got super. New this summer, there’s a whole additional section; DC Universe: The Exhibit allows visitors to get up close and personal with authentic props and costumes from some of their favorite superhero movies and also take an exciting sneak peek at some of the sets, costumes, and props from the upcoming summer film, The Suicide Squad.

photo: Elizabeth Kate

Squad Goals?
Featuring a movie called The Suicide Squad, how appropriate is this exhibit for little ones? Ages 8 & up will love it and have a wonderful time seeing costumes that include favorites like Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the Joker. However, you’ll want to take a pass on this one if you have a younger crew. Some of the displays are too much for the littlest ones.

On that note, feel free to bring visiting grandma and grandpa along for the ride this summer. DC Comics started in 1934 and now for the first time ever, original classic comic books, some dating all the way back to the 30’s, are on display. These are the actual comic books that your grandparents knew and loved and only now have they been released from DC Comic’s vault.

photo: Elizabeth Kate

Hero History
DC Universe: The Exhibit gives you the chance to walk through the development of celebrated Super Heroes and Super Villains from their emergence in comic books to their most recent appearances in major blockbusters. To make it even more fun for kids, in addition to the classic characters, DC Comics has just introduced a whole new line up of Superhero Girls, including Batgirl, Supergirl, and (teenage) Wonder Woman.

The creators of these super “teen” characters hope the new faces will inspire all girls to become strong and independent young women. The exhibit will keep things fresh and new by rotating in these new characters, as well as different props, costumes, and scenery throughout the year.

photo: Elizabeth Kate

Super Heroes Get Interactive
It’s not all just walking and talking and looking. You’ll have to tear your kids away from the super-duper video games with huge color screens on consoles and iPads featuring all of the DC Comics’ Superhero video games as well as the popular LEGo games. Visit the original Belle Reve jail cell from The Suicide Squad, the Bat Lab from Ben Affleck’s first turn as Batman, and neat set pieces from this year’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The most daring kids can even get up close and personal with a glowing piece of radioactive Kryptonite. That’s a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss.

DC Universe: The Exhibit is $62 per person for a three-hour fun-packed tour for kids ages 8 & up. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open daily and closed on Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcomed. Tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online or by phone.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
3400 W. Riverside Drive
Online: wbstudiotour.com

Do you have a favorite studio tour?  Let us know your behind the scenes in the movie making world secrets in the comment section.

—Elizabeth Kate

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