In honor of Batman’s 80th anniversary celebration, DC Comics joined forces with the USO to bring an immersive Batman experience to the nearly 12,000 U.S. military members stationed in Kuwait.
As part of the USO tour, legendary artist Jim Lee and award-winning Batman writer Tom King embarked on a multi-day visit to five military bases in Kuwait. Joining the duo were actresses Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce/Thunder from “Black Lighting”), Candice Patton (Iris West Allen from “The Flash”) and Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost from “The Flash”).
During their time in Kuwait, the group traveled to Camp Buehring, Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem, Camp Patriot and Al Jaber. Dozens of military units had the chance to meet and take pictures with the celebrity visitors as well as the opportunity to sit inside the ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile.
“It was an absolute honor to meet with brave service members that exemplify real-life heroism,” Lee said.
During the tour, DC and the USO orchestrated exclusive screenings, cosplay contests and special group panels where King shared his experience as a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer and his transition into comic books and writing Batman.
Additionally, Lee taught an art masterclass for service members interested in illustration and Patton, Panabaker and Williams met with fans, signed autographs, participated in panel discussions and made special unit visits to service members on the job.
Troops were also treated to an exclusive first look at the highly anticipated “Pennyworth” television series.
“These heroes inspire the world every day with their valor and commitment to freedom, the same courageous qualities that Batman has symbolized for eight decades,” Lee said.
“DC is extremely proud to have joined forces with the USO to deliver an unprecedented Batman experience to our troops.”
Later this year, DC and the USO will continue to bring a Batman experience to service members around the world with a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, games and more. The kit will offer a fun diversion for service members stationed in remote locations around the globe, connecting them to home and all things Dark Knight.