The Dark Knight Rises – The Ride… The Dark Knight Rises Coaster… The Dark Knight Rides. These names don’t necessarily roll off the tongue easily, but I don’t think that would stop Six Flags from building an attraction themed around the latest Batman film.
As The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) has proven to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, along with with the Six Flags/DC Comics partnership, I believe we may someday see a “TDKR”-themed ride at a Six Flags park. But what would it be? Let’s look into a few possibilities. Keep in mind that this is all wishful thinking on my part mixed with a bit of daydreaming.
Six Flags built three “Dark Knight” coasters during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Who’s to say that Six Flags won’t repeat that for TDKR over the next few years?
I centered my attraction ideas around “The Bat” aircraft which is seen throughout TDKR. From flying through Gotham City to blowing up stuff, it fits the mold of a kick-butt Batman-mobile (or aircraft).
Perhaps the most plausible “Bat” idea would be a Bolliger and Mabillard wing coaster. A clone of Six Flags Great America’s X-Flight would make an excellent addition to any of the other Six Flags properties. Imagine entering an updated bat cave complete with waterfalls, swarming bats and Batman paraphernalia scattered about (think of a Batman: The Ride station, but more like the Batcave seen in the latest Batman films). An onride sound system would provide riders with a Hans Zimmer-infused soundtrack as they fly through the course of the coaster. Fire and mist effects would add to the overall ride experience. The trains could be crafted to look very similar to the “Bat” seen in TDKR, with riders attached the “wings” of the aircraft.
With a little creative Batman scenery and some strategic fly-through elements scattered throughout the layout of the coaster, it could be a huge hit with the general public.
Of course, Six Flags could go in a completely different direction with a TDKR-themed attraction. A 4D movie or dark ride could transport guests into Gotham City as they fly overhead skyscrapers and battle Batman’s most infamous arch enemies. I believe this would be more appropriate for a Universal park, but Six Flags has thrown us curve balls before. I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question.
And who knows, perhaps Six Flags could go with a literal translation of “The Dark Knight Rises” and add a drop tower themed to Batman’s latest theatrical outing. Although unlikely, it wouldn’t be the worst drop tower name of all time [I'm looking at you, Drop Tower(s)].
Now, again, these are only my ideas. I’m interested to hear what you think a TDKR-inspired attraction would consist of. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below: