Batman Begins in Vermont

Written by Sky Barsch on . Posted in The Arts

The new Batman movie, “The Dark Night Rises,” includes a cameo from a prominent Vermont resident — and the connection is giving our state early dibs at showing the film.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, an avid Batman fan who grew up in central Vermont, has a small speaking role in “The Dark Night Rises,” as he did in 2008’s “The Dark Knight” (in the scene in which the creepy Joker crashes Bruce Wayne’s swanky party). The movie’s official launch date is July 20, but the Vermont connection has led to a fundraiser premiere five days earlier, on July 15 at 7 p.m.. The special screening, to be held at Majestic 10 theater in Williston, will raise money for the Patrick Leahy Wing of Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library (Leahy’s childhood library) and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (named as such to recognize Patrick Leahy’s lifelong dedication to Lake Champlain Basin stewardship).

Tickets — at $100, $250, $1,000 and $5,000 — will be sold at the adult circulation desk at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, located on Main Street in the Capital City, and here. Donors at the $1,000 and $5,000 level will receive an invitation to an exclusive pre-reception with Leahy, Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer and many of Vermont’s civic and social leaders.

Leahy had a cameo in 2007’s “Batman and Robin” and lent his voice to a character in “Batman: The Animated Series,” according to Wikipedia.

We’re looking forward to seeing a fellow Vermonter on the big screen and hearing how fundraising goes. In the mean time, catch The Dark Knight Rises’ official trailer here.

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