The Batman Screening Audience “Pranked” By A Live Bat Set Loose In Theater
Moviegoers in Austin, Texas, attending the premiere of Batman
Already lurking for three hours. Were shocked when a live bat was released into the theater. According to CBS Austin, the incident was a “prank” and was not intended to harm anyone.
“We immediately contacted the local animal control department. And they are monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of guests, employees, and animals,”. A spokesperson for Moviehouse & Eatery by Cinépolis said. “To ensure that such pranks do not happen again, we have added additional security measures and checked all bags at the entrance of the guest.” During the screening, the staff stopped the film after realizing that it was actually a bat flying around the theatre. Viewers were offered a full refund. Reportedly, most viewers chose to stay and watch the rest of the film along with the bat.
Premieres in the Batman franchise have unfortunately long been associated with stunts, from this perhaps somewhat silly incident to more dire consequences. In 2012, a mass shooting took place in a movie theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Released in 2019, the thriller “Joker” caused mass threats of mass shootings. As COVID-19 appears to be moving into its next phase, the bat, which was initially suspected of carrying the coronavirus, is conveying other meanings than just a literal reference to the caped crusader.
The Batman opened on March 4 and grossed $128 million in its opening weekend. This is the first full theatrical release from Warner Bros. since Tenet 2020. Batman will not appear on HBO Max for at least 45 days after its original release.