DC has teamed up with United Service Organizations (USO) to bring the worlds of Batman, The Flash, and Black Lightning to the service men and women serving in the Middle East.
The USO has announced that it recently teamed up with DC for a tour of five U.S. military bases in Kuwait including Camp Buehring, Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem, Camp Patriot, and Al Jaber. The tour included Jim Lee and Tom King from comics, Danielle Panabaker and Candice Patton from The Flash TV series, and Nafessa Williams from the Black Lightning TV series.
Also brought along for the ride was one of the Tumblers from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy for the troops to take photos with. Troops were also treated to a special screening of the premiere episode of the upcoming Pennyworrth series from Epix.
“It was an absolute honor to meet with brave service members that exemplify real life heroism,” said DC Chief Creative Officer, Publisher and comic artist Jim Lee. “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. DC is extremely proud to have joined forces with the USO to deliver an unprecedented Batman experience to our troops.”
In true superhero style, DC and the USO orchestrated exclusive screenings, cosplay contests, and special group panels where acclaimed DC writer Tom King shared his experience as a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer and his transition into comic books and writing Batman. Artist Jim Lee also taught an art masterclass for service members interested in illustration, while actresses Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker and Nafessa Williams met with fans, signed autographs, participated in panel discussions and made special unit visits to service members on the job.
“The USO is honored to join forces with DC to bring this first-of-its-kind tour to service members in Kuwait,” said Alan Reyes, USO Chief Operating Officer. “As we close out Military Appreciation Month, this tour will strive to share America’s appreciation and support with our men and women in uniform. We are also excited to extend our partnership with DC beyond this tour by distributing Batman-themed USO2GO kits to service members across the globe.”
Later this year, DC and the USO are bringing Batman 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.