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Joker defaces sites, Kicking and Screening — Free IMAX tickets July 10th, 2008

The WSS Over­ture count­down has ended, and with it the Joker has brought down his mad­ness upon all of the Gotham City viral web­sites, splat­ter­ing them with flood and defac­ing them with mis­chie­vous messages.

On each of these pages a puz­zle piece with a let­ter was left, com­bin­ing all the pieces the phrase “Kick­ing and Screen­ing” can be found, which leads to the next Why So Seri­ous page,


Note the play on words, “Screen­ing” — the prize — Free tick­ets to an IMAX pre-release Dark Knight screen­ing on July 15th!. As quickly as they appeared they have now SOLD OUT.


“You’ve played your part, here are your just rewards. Meet at the ren­de­vous points below. Don’t be late, don’t for­get your ticket or heads will roll. Casual attire, smiles optional.”

Sold Out Chicago, Cin­e­mark IMAX (Woodridge) 9:30pm
Sold Out New York, Pal­isades IMAX (West Nyack) 9:00pm
Sold Out Edmon­ton, Sil­ver City IMAX 9:30pm
Sold Out Pitts­burg, Cin­e­mark IMAX (Tar­en­tum) 9:30pm
Sold Out Kansas City, Stu­dio IMAX (Olathe) 9:00pm
Sold Out Phoenix, Deer Val­ley IMAX 9:00pm
Sold Out San Fran­cisco, Metreon IMAX 9:00pm
Sold Out Los Ange­les, Uni­ver­sal City IMAX 9:00pm
Sold Out Las Vegas, Palms IMAX 9:30pm
Sold Out Min­neapo­lis, Met­ro­pol­i­tan IMAX (St. Michael) 9:30pm
Sold Out Dal­las, Cin­e­mark IMAX 9:30pm
Sold Out Toronto, Sco­tia­bank IMAX 9:30pm
Sold Out Salt Lake City, Jor­dan Com­mons IMAX (Sandy) 9:30pm
Sold Out Grand Rapids, Cel­e­bra­tion IMAX 9:30pm
Sold Out Atlanta, Mall of Geor­gia IMAX (Buford) 9:45pm
Sold Out Den­ver, Col­orado Cen­ter IMAX 9:45pm
Sold Out Hous­ton, Marq*e IMAX 9:45pm
Sold Out Orlando, Pointe IMAX 9:45pm
Sold Out Port­land, Bridge­port IMAX (Tigard) 9:45pm
Sold Out San Diego, Mira Mesa IMAX 9:45pm
Sold Out Omaha, Star IMAX (Coun­cil Bluffs) 9:30pm
Sold Out Indi­anapo­lis, Show­place IMAX 9:30pm
Sold Out Boston, Com­cast IMAX (Nat­ick) 7:00pm
Sold Out Seat­tle, Boe­ing IMAX 7:30pm

An email was also sent out shortly before­hand via Human Resources:

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Thanks to every­one that sent this in! Hope you got your tick­ets in time! (We poor brits miss out again it seems — we’re get­ting the movie a week later anyway).

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Citizens for Batman — July 8th event July 9th, 2008

Last night was the end of the CFB count­down, as two live video feeds were posted to the Cit­i­zens for Bat­man web­site and crowds gath­ered at the two loca­tions in New York and Chicago. Fans that turned up for the event received Gotham Times news­pa­pers and a col­lec­tion of CFB good­ies, includ­ing T-shirts.

Par­tic­i­pants were given Domino’s pizza boxes that con­tained code words and clues to a locked box in a secret loca­tion. At this box more clues were uncov­ered, lead­ing to a 2-way radio, with which direc­tions were given to a spe­cific spot for the per­fect view of The Dark Knight bat sig­nal, pro­jected onto the Wool­worth build­ing and Sears tower.



/Film have also posted their report, relay­ing some off the bad feel­ings and hin­drances that sur­rounded the poorly exe­cuted Chicago event.

Viral Marketing with Batman Begins Limited Edition gift set July 9th, 2008

The Bat­man Begins lim­ited edi­tion DVD set has been mak­ing its way to the first pur­chasers, and with it comes some more viral mar­ket­ing clues for us to drool over.

On the small USB don­gle that comes with the gift set, which con­tains a num­ber of pro­duc­tion images, etc, there is a plaque pay­ing ref­er­ence to the Gotham His­toric Trust. There is also a pay­ing in slip for the Gotham National Bank with user­name and pass­word scrib­bled on.

Gotham National Bank

# User­name: gnb3792
# Pass­word: 99g28ct75k

Head­ing to the GNB admin page, www​.gotham​na​tion​al​bank​.com/​A​d​min, as of July 8th, there is a web­mail login box.

Gotham His­toric Trust

Call­ing the num­ber, 1866 241 1150 as listed on the plaque returns the auto­mated message:

Thank you for call­ing the Gotham His­toric Trust. Nobody can answer your call right now, but you are wel­come to visit our web­site at www gothamhis­toric­trust dot com where you can find our cur­rent hours of oper­a­tion, infor­ma­tion and online exhibits of Gotham City in days gone by. Thank you for calling.

An update to the Gotham National Bank also men­tions the trust:

Gotham National Bank down­town is proud to be on the Gotham reg­is­ter of His­toric Build­ings. The main branch of Gotham National Bank was orig­i­nally the old 1st Gotham Bank. In 1934, it was sold when the bank closed. The build­ing passed through many hands in the inter­ven­ing years and was vacant when it was pur­chased by Gotham National Bank. After sev­eral years of restora­tion under the over­sight of the Gotham His­toric Trust, the bank was restored and proudly re-opened its doors at 9:00 am on March 7, 1985.

This leads us to www​.gothamhis​toric​trust​.com

Thanks Pierre!

Gotham Tonight Episode 5 July 8th, 2008

The 5th episode of Gotham Tonight has been added to the Gotham Cable Network:

World-famous jour­nal­ist Mike Engel goes to the heart of Har­vey Dent’s case against mob king­pin Sal Maroni — Maroni him­self. The noto­ri­ous fig­ure, now stand­ing trial in a Gotham court­room, faces tough ques­tions on alle­ga­tions that he is at the top of an orga­nized crime fam­ily dev­as­tat­ing Gotham City.

Maroni uses his trade­mark charm and good humor to stymie Engel’s ques­tion­ing, but his hon­esty is attacked by GPD Com­mi­sioner Loeb. And Mike Engel quizzes Loeb on the two mob bag­men found dead last week — and the leaked GPD sur­veil­lance tape that recorded the abduction.

At GCN you can also catch the ear­lier four episodes.

Why So Serious — Overture July 8th, 2008

After com­plet­ing the lat­est Bam­boo­zle puz­zle, the next WSS page was revealed,


With an Exit sign, we see our way out of The Joker’s cir­cus tent, click­ing the image causes a set of tick­ets to appear, each with a logo and the text “Redeem at exit”. Click­ing the four tick­ets that were returned as prizes to the indi­vid­ual flash games we’ve seen in the last few weeks leads us to the Over­ture, where some dyna­mite awaits us with a timer:


Why So Serious — Bamboozle July 7th, 2008

A new Joker text has spawned the hunt for the next WSS viral web­site, Bruce was sent this ver­sion of the message:

OK clown, I see one last test of skill in your future. Post this where every­one can see it: BABEL

Oth­ers received these words — LAM, BOB, BLAM, ZEAL, BABEL, ZOOM, ME, MAZE, LAB, AMBLE

Which leads us to the “Bam­boo­zle” page: www​.whysose​ri​ous​.com/​b​a​m​b​o​o​zle

Here we see a for­tune telling machine, (much like that creepy one in the Tom Hanks movie “Big”).

Click­ing each of the but­tons reveals tick­ets with some for­tune and an extra taped on mes­sage from The Joker.

Top left
You will get your heart’s desire. Too bad you’re an addict.
You will come to the atten­tion of peo­ple in high places. Like crazed hill­top snipers.
You will live in inter­est­ing times. Inter­est­ing to his­to­ri­ans. Like the Black Plague.
You will meet some­one tall, dark and hand­some who you will share your life with. They’ll route your bank funds into an untrace­able Car­ribbean account.
You will come into great wealth. After an indus­trial acci­dent. You’ll be blind. Deaf. Com­pletely par­a­lyzed. But rich.
Now would be a good time to leave your job. Twenty years flip­ping burg­ers is long enough.

Bot­tom left

Chil­dren will influ­ence a major deci­sion. Who knows. You might have mar­ried her any­way.
You will have a break­through in your career. Your boss will take credit.
You will have an oppor­tu­nity for a good invest­ment. House of Pies stock is shoot­ing up.
Don’t assume you know what is going on at work. But yes, there are pho­tos. And yes, they will stand up in court.
You will make money, if not for you, then for an orga­ni­za­tion. Like the IRS.
You will unex­pect­edly need help today, and the response of friends will sur­prise you. They’ll take video. Send it to your boss. Your wife. It’ll go viral.

Top right

Money is head­ing your way. But you’re a mov­ing tar­get. Too bad.
Expect a pro­mo­tion. Expect it to be humil­i­at­ing.
You will soon receive a gift If your lawyer calls and says don’t answer the door, there’s a rea­son.
You can expect an inher­i­tance. One of those genetic things that pre­dict a short and mis­er­able life. It will also explain why your ears look like that.
Some­one who cur­rently doubt is telling the truth Say­ing you are the prophet of a new reli­gion won’t help. The voices were wrong. They weren’t free sam­ples.
Beware of false infor­ma­tion regard­ing a loved one. But that thing about the affair? That’s true. Sorry.

Bot­tom right

Beware of unex­pected wind­falls. Veg­ans are espe­cially flat­uent.
A new per­son will enter your life. Your cell­mate. The voices will tell him you’re a demon.
An acquan­taince will approach you with a busi­ness offer. Any­one stu­pid enough to use a fortune-telling machine will think it’s a great offer. You prob­a­bly date a pagan.
A small kind­ness will lead to unex­pected ben­e­fits. After sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars, things will mostly be okay. Just give up and throw out your mat­tress.
Can­cel the trip you planned this week Take the trip-dysentery. Stay home-salmonella. Either way you lose weight.
Your star is climb­ing. You’ll be a celebrity. The Dar­win awards are a kind of fame.

14 of these clues have cutouts:

The name of the for­tune teller is “Epyt­tnelis” which is “Silent­Type” back­wards — the name of a SHH forum mem­ber that com­piled an over­all Gotham City map given the snip­pets seen across the viral sites. Using this map and a co-ordinate sys­tem cor­re­spond­ing to the num­bers in the cor­ners of the tick­ets, the tick­ets cover two squares with the cut outs in each of the 14 giv­ing num­bers of a street. Apply­ing these in the order that the tick­ets can be retrieved we get a sequence of num­bers — hit­ting the but­tons in this order (22 1 5 3 4 17 14) reveals the win­ning ticket and a link to the tent’s exit and onto the Over­ture.

3 = 8G = 22nd
5 = 3P = 1st
9 = 6M = 5th
14 = 3L = 3rd
17 = 2F = 4th
21 = 5H = 17th
23 = 6E = 14th

Bat pod on tour, with images July 6th, 2008

Greg was in Cincin­nati this week­end to see the Bat pod on tour as it does its part in the pre-release pro­mo­tional cam­paign for The Dark Knight. You can find some pic­tures below, even its trailer looks fantastic!

On the other hand, dis­grun­tled fan Travis gives us some words of warn­ing before we head out and see the Pod on tour:

Yes just wanted to let every­one know that it was dis­ap­point­ing. Yes today I got off work at 4pm and picked up my lit­tle brother so we could go them at the Show­case Cin­ema de Lux & IMAX in Spring­dale, Ohio. We got there just a cou­ple min­utes after 5pm and they were gone. The man­agers said that the Tum­bler wasn’t even there and they decided to leave just before 5, even though they were sched­uled to be there till 530. It was such bull­crap!!!! My brother and I (along with a whole lot of other fans) were so dis­ap­pointed. Its nice to know how they (WB) treat their fans. Thanks WB. So just thought I would let every­one out there know you bet­ter get there real early if you want to see them.

Citizens For Batman creepy video on YouTube July 6th, 2008

Fic­tional CFB forum mem­ber, BriDog72 has posted a video pro­mot­ing Cit­i­zens for Bat­man onto YouTube,

“I believe in Bat­man” — “I am a cit­i­zen for Bat­man“
July 8th.

Thanks Pierre.

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