Visitors to The United Service Organizations
As part of the USO partnership with DC, a number of familiar faces appeared for a mission briefing in Kuwait this past week. The 80th Anniversary of Batman marked the occasion for DC-CW stars to make a special appearance. A multi-day trip saw the stars meeting over 12,000 U.S military stationed in the middle east.
Among the faces present were Danielle Panabaker and Candice Patton of CW’s The Flash TV series. In attendance additionally was Nafessa Williams of Black Lightning fame. Rounding out the group was two big talents associated with DC’s comic pages, Jim Lee and Tom King, best known for their art and writing for Batman.
Jim Lee remarked on the experience stating:
“It was an absolute honor to meet with brave service members that exemplify real life heroism”
Over the course of the trip, they visited five different military bases. They made a stop off in Camp Buering, Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem, Camp Patriot and Al Jaber. With the visit they brought a gift of a full-scale Batmobile in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight. Military personnel were afforded the opportunity to take photos and have a see what it would be like to be Batman for a day.
Heroes Among Us
The important takeaway of the trip, according to Jim Lee, was that the military themselves and Batman share similarly heroic traits.
“These heroes inspire the world every day with their valor and commitment to freedom, the same courageous qualities that Batman has symbolized for eight decades. DC is extremely proud to have joined forces with the USO to deliver an unprecedented Batman experience to our troops.”
Notable to the trip on hand is Tom King’s prior stint as a CIA counterterroism operative based in Iraq. His inspiring story to the troops regales a positive experience of life after service. His own experience marks a special symbolism in the partnership between DC and USO.