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Finally, something Aquaman can take the lead on

May 27, 2011

My parents and I made the trip down the Atlantic to Florida back in 1986, with Disney World and Sea World as two prime destinations on our itinerary. I remember a good deal about the Disney half, but Sea World (apart from Shamu and sharks) is largely a blur. I know one thing, though. If I had seem a DC-themed water ski show, that would have been tattooed onto my cerebellum.

This ad got my curiosity going, so I decided to do a little bit of web-surfing to see what I could dig up about this water-spectacular. The only video evidence I could uncover for this tomfoolery is this, which claims to have been shot at Cypress Gardens, but comments on the video’s page would indicate that it was indeed filmed at Sea World:

My favorite part is at the :37 mark or thereabouts, when Batman has to interrupt his waving to quickly cut the motor on the Batboat. That and the guy holding up live “BAM!” and “POW!” signs behind grappling characters.

For a magnificent gallery of images from the attraction, click here. Here’s one to whet your appetite:

Incidentally, that site ( has a magnificent gallery of ’70s and ’80s personal appearances by characters from comics, TV and movies. Check it out — you won’t be disappointed.

Anyone out there see this live? And remember it?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Gary morrison permalink
    December 26, 2012 4:41 pm

    I saw this live as a kid. My parents even have 8mm movies of it and photos of captain cold or the riddler sitting next to us in the stands waiting to leap out and attack the heroes.

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