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Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian to gain Batman's mask and more

March 08, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The mask and cowl worn by George Clooney in the 1997 Warner Bros. film "Batman & Robin" will become part of the Smithsonian collection.
The mask and cowl worn by George Clooney in the 1997 Warner Bros. film "Batman… (Jaclyn Nash )

The Batman mask worn by George Clooney, the slinky Catwoman suit worn by Halle Berry and other Hollywood film items will be donated to a Smithsonian museum on Friday (today).

In an afternoon ceremony in Washington, D.C., Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer is scheduled to turn over more than 30 artifacts from 13 of his studio's films to the National Museum of American History. The pieces are dominated by superheroes but draw on a little of the studio's past, too.

Among the items being donated to the Smithsonian are the overcoat worn by Bette Davis in "Now, Voyager" (1942); the mask and cowl as well as a motorcycle license plate from "Batman & Robin" (1997); the intricate seven-piece costume (cowl, pants, boots, halter top, gloves, etc.) from "Catwoman" (2004); and a golden ticket from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005).

The donation kicks off a film festival at the museum that begins Friday (tonight) with the films of Davis. No word yet on when the items will be on display.

mary.forgione@latimes.com
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