The good news is that Warner Brothers is actually building a $1 billion theme park devoted to its iconic characters, including the DC Comics line of heroes and villains. The park will feature sections devoted to Batman’s home turf Gotham City and Superman’s stomping grounds, Metropolis, which as you can see above, features an actual replica of the Hall of Justice. Unfortunately, it won’t be in the United States. It will be constructed in Abu Dabi. In fact, it will be named Warner Bros. World Abu Dabi.
It will be located on the man-made Yas Island, near the city’s airport. The park is a joint venture between WB and Abu Dabi’s Miral, who announced that the park is 60% complete and is expected to open in 2018.
Miral CEO Mohamed Abdullah Al Zaabi stated:
“Miral is proud to confirm that one year after announcing its plans to bring Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi to Yas Island, we’re making great progress with our partners where we’re 60% complete and on track to launch in 2018.”
Meanwhile, Warner Bros Consumer Products president Pam Lifford said:
“Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi will be a state-of-the-art themed experience that authentically brings some of the studio’s most iconic characters and stories to life under one roof for the first time in the Middle East.”
Predictably, Metropolis will be composed of gleaming skyscrapers, while Gotham City will feature dark alleys. These two areas join additional environments based off popular WB cartoons, including a recreation of ‘The Flintstones” Bedrock.
Cartoon Junction will bring together Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo among others under a stylized cartoon sky, and Dynamite Gulch will take attendees to the stars and deep into the canyon. Bedrock, meanwhile, will be filled with prehistoric birds and dinosaurs just like in The Flinstones.
Check out the concept art below:
It’s neat to see these iconic locations brought to life, but it’s disappointing that they will be so far away… and in such an expensive destination. Are you ready to start saving your coins?