Riders help heroes beat bad guys in new DC Comics ride at Six Flags

10:21 p.m Friday, May 12, 2017 Atlanta Events
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Six Flags Over Georgia President Dale Kaetzel, joined by DC Comics superheroes and villains, introduces the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Over Georgia on May 11, 2017. TOM KELLEY / TKELLEY@AJC.COM

Villains have invaded Six Flags Over Georgia’s new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride, and Batman and Superman need you to help conquer them.

The slow, dark ride through an enormous building combines 3-D video, special effects, animatronics, and plenty of fun and excitement. Riders board a six-person vehicle for an air-conditioned journey to battle the bad guys, rescue the heroes and save Metropolis. It’s an immersive experience housed in a structure that covers nearly half the size of a football field.

“It’s two rides in one: the video and screenplay, plus incredible set design with details and surprises around every turn. I can’t wait for our guests to experience it,” said Dale Kaetzel, president of Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water. The ride officially opens May 26.

“It’s not really a traditional dark ride; it’s an action adventure that you are in the middle of,” Kaetzel said.

Six Flags Over Georgia President Dale Kaetzel, joined by D.C. Comics superheroes and villains, introduces the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Over Georgia.

It’s sort of like riding through a comic book, yet it’s part video game too. Riders don 3-D glasses and aim “stun blasters” as they enter the Joker’s Lair and Lex Luthor’s LexCorp in an effort to save Metropolis from the evildoers. In the process, the riders aim to hit the bad guys and score points that are totaled and displayed in front of them during the ride.

Surprises along the way include fire, mist and fog effects, plus a vehicle that rocks and spins; you never go upside-down, but at times, you might think you do. It all turns Justice League: Battle for Metropolis into more than just a ride or a game. It’s an impressive adventure that envelops the riders, making them part of the action and part of the story.

“It’s family-friendly, but you still got some (virtual) loops and fun stuff,” said Rich Hill, creative director of Sally Corp., the company that created the ride with Six Flags.

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The Joker is among the characters riders encounter on the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. CONTRIBUTED BY SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA

People who attended a recent preview of the ride were impressed. “It’s a family thrill like nothing you’ve ever seen. It puts you right in the middle of the DC Comics universe,” said Chip Sieczko, assistant Southeast regional representative of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, a roller coaster and amusement park club.

“The animatronics (including the Joker riding a cannon) are so smooth and lifelike it’s like you’re in the comics, you’re in the animated series.” And he noted that the heroes-and-villains theme breaks a gender barrier by including Supergirl as well as Wonder Woman: “She inspires all of us.”

“It’s got something for everybody,” Kaetzel said. “It takes Six Flags to the next level, bringing a destination theme park experience right here to Atlanta,” he said, comparing the ride’s quality to what’s offered at Florida’s Disney and Universal parks.

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Cyborg greets riders as they prepare to board the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Over Georgia on May 11, 2017. TOM KELLEY / TKELLEY@AJC.COM
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