China isn't exactly on the best terms with the U.S. right now, so it's hard to get people excited about the prospect of going to visit the country. It's one of those cases that, while there are plenty of amazing sights to see and things to do, the trip might not be worth it.
Then again, there's no other place in the world that features world-class hotel accommodations, an absolutely massive casino and Batman. That's right...Batman.
Studio City is a massive hotel/casino combination being built in Macau, China. Aside from the luxurious hotel and the in-house casino, the $3.2 billion resort hosts some of DC's most iconic heroes, and it's not in some cheesy guy-in-a-suit sort of way. A full virtual reality ride called 'Batman: Dark Flight' is the main DC attraction: visitors will be able to 'fly' around Gotham City with Batman while taking on a number of the famous heroes and villains. Anyone remember the Spider-Man ride from years ago? It sounds like something similar - just with Batman.
Other DC heroes have also been licensed by the casino, including Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash. The latter two will both be featured in a fully-featured go-kart attraction, while giant climbable statues of both Batman and Superman will also be constructed.
Of course, DC superheroes aren't the only attraction at Studio City: the resort will also feature a 130-meter ferris wheel, several bars, and a space-themed restaurant with holograms. No, seriously - holographic projects will create a "gigantic viewing window looking out into deep space." At a certain point, it's starting to seem like Studio City is mocking everyone who can't afford a trip halfway around the world.
All of this is set to debut at Studio City, but Studio City itself will debut in a short film/advertisement called The Audition, which is being directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the $70 million film/ad (which is set to debut alongside the casino), and a brief trailer is already available online:
A lot of people never feel the need to gamble, or stay at a fancy hotel, or travel to a Communist dictatorship on the other side of the planet...then again, that may change for a lot of people once Studio City opens later this year.