The famous Warner Bros. animation mural painted on the side of Stage 1 on the studio’s Burbank lot has gotten a DC Comics-heavy facelift.
The mural, updated for the first time in 15 years, was officially unveiled April 7 at a small fan gathering. The new mural takes advantage of the curved stage roof to recreate the classic Hall of Justice from the old Super Friends TV series, and features a pantheon of superheroes including Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Starfire, Cyborg, Aquaman and Blue Beetle. Also hanging out around the edges of the hall are Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Sylvester & Tweety, and Scooby-Doo.
On hand for the unveiling was a group of the animators and producers responsible for the studio’s popular DC-based series: Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami.
‘We all did rough designs of the final poses and stuff,’ says Timm, who was pleased to see the final result. ‘I just can’t wait to see it when the sun goes down.’
That’s because night is when the villains come out. Images of the Dark Knight’s famous foes have been painted into the image using special ink that only appears at night when UV lights make them visible.
‘They’re all Batman: The Animated Series villains because he’s actually not represented up on the screen besides the villains,’ says Timm. As the sun set, the images slowly became visible, revealing The Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Catwoman, Clayface and Mr. Freeze.
Also on hand was Diedrich Bader, who voices the Caped Crusader on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and actress Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman in the 1960s Adam West Batman TV series.
‘I can’t wait to drive my son by here and show him the Batman,’ Bader says. ‘It’s going to be really cool and, of course, he’s going to get to stay up really late so he can see the bad guys.’
The fan event invited the public to attend through RSVPs, with many children and adults showing up in costume for the unveiling. Fans took part in face painting, posed in front of a greenscreen for photos showing them towering over the mural, and got close up with the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton movie and Mystery Machine from the live-action Scooby-Doo movie.
The unveiling was preceded by a short performance from the Beat Freaks, the all-girl dance team from the 2009 edition of Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew, with Extra! host Mario Lopez serving as host and introductory comments from Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television.