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An Animatronic Joker Will Shoot You in the Face on Six Flags' New "Justice League" Ride

Back in September, Six Flags announced a new interactive dark ride based on the Justice League would soon take up some real estate in their park, offering an alternative experience from the typical roller coaster, for those who don't care to know how it feels to fall 30 stories and not die.

Sally Corporation, the company building the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride, showed off two of the animatronic figures that guests will encounter when it comes to Six Flags Over Texas in early spring 2015. The YouTube channel Theme Park Review captured footage of the figures in action at the International Association of Amusement Parks Attractions' annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Sally Corp. is an amusement park construction company located in Jacksonville, Florida, that Chairman and CEO John Wood said specializes in "the lost art of themed ride-through attractions called 'dark rides.'" Think fun houses, only much, much better.

Six Flags new dark ride includes a Cyborg that will greet guests in the line and The Joker riding on a laughing gas tank that will shoot passengers as they move through the ride.

This is the second time that the dark ride company has built an attraction for Six Flags Over Texas. Wood said they also built scenes and animatronics for the Looney Tunes themed Yosemite Sam's Gold River Adventure boat ride that has been in continuous operation since 1992.

Wood said they are working on a ride that features a mix of robotic characters and three-dimensional animation that will immerse riders in the experience. Guests board motion responsive carts with laser guided guns as they shoot up Metropolis after it's been taken over by the Joker and Lex Luthor giving them free reign to reek havoc on the city because, well, they're bastards.

"This is another level up in many respects to our previous attractions," Wood said. "We are for the first time utilizing a motion-based ride vehicle and we're creating a virtual experience with 3D projections throughout the ride."

Wood said the challenge with this attraction is matching the timing of the motion of the carts with the action on the screen and throughout the attraction.

"It's a complicated combination of ride and show," Wood said, "and both have to be finely tuned in order to be successful."

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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.

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