Warner Bros. Donates 'Batman' Mask, 'Wonka's' Golden Ticket to Smithsonian
Movie artifacts from 'Superman III,' 'Corpse Bride' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' will enter the museum’s permanent collection.
The Batman mask donned by George Clooney and the puppets used in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation Corpse Bride are among 30 Hollywood movie artifacts headed to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History.
Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyer presented the studio's donation of props and costumes from films made from 1942 to 2005. The movie memorabilia -- including the costume Christopher Reeve wore for Superman III, will join the museum’s permanent entertainment collection, which already houses the iconic ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and a Kermit the Frog puppet.
“Films are an integral part of this culture and of our daily lives, shaping how we perceive ourselves as Americans,” said museum director John Gray. “The legacy of Warner Bros. is an important part of American history and these objects help us to tell that story.”
Along with the items that will enter the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, the studio has also loaned several pieces to be displayed in the exhibit, “You Must Remember This.” Among these are the martial arts pants Bruce Lee wore in Enter the Dragon and Bugs Bunny animation drawings.
Following the donation, the museum will kick off the 2013 Classic Film Festival series made possible by Warner Bros. In commemoration of Women’s History Month, the first three-day festival will feature the films of Bette Davis.
Other Warner Bros. donated artifacts include the props used by the cast in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.