Are you ready for the ultimate superhero team-up? If so, then get ready to see Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman together at last. Oh, did we mention it's at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, just their costumes, and not a big-screen adventure? Sorry, our bad.
Spider-Man's costume from the soon-to-close Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is the latest inductee into the Smithsonian's collection, which also features pop culture items like Dorothy's ruby slippers, Tony Hawk's skateboard, and Kermit the Frog. Of more note to superhero fans, though, is that the Spidey costume worn by actor Reeve Carney, and designed by the late Eiko Ishioka, will join halls already filled with comic-book-inspired costume pieces.
In March 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures donated a large chunk of their own prop and costume collection to the Smithsonian, including Batman's mask and cowl as worn by George Clooney in "Batman & Robin;" Christopher Reeve's Superman suit from "Superman III"; and Halle Berry's "Catwoman" suit.
That's right: alongside costumes from three of the most reviled superhero movies of all time, you can now also view the Spider-Man suit worn in the most troubled production of Spider-Man ever. The Smithsonian is now one Ryan Reynolds "Green Lantern" suit away from completing their collection of "Worst Superhero Suits Ever."
To be fair, there's a lot more to the Smithsonian's collection than just costumes George Clooney has taken every possible opportunity to bash since 1997. Right now, for example, they're running an amazing looking "Puppetry In America" exhibit that traces the history of the form from the 1850's to modern Henson Company puppetry.
But Halle Berry's "Catwoman" costume? Really? That thing should be burned from human memory.
"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" closes this weekend on Broadway, but plans to reopen in Las Vegas in 2015.