Austin moviegoers in the United States, who were eagerly waiting to see Matt Reeves The Batmanwere amazed to spot a real bat fly inside the theater. A video showing the bat being interrupted during the screening has made the rounds on the internet. The incident happened March 4 at the Moviehouse and Eatery by Cinepolis in northwest Austin during a 7 p.m. KXAN reported.
The 20-second clip showed the bat flying from side to side of the theater. The movie was paused and the theater was lit up. Viewers sat still and continued talking to each other wondering what was going on.
The clip shared by Twitter user Jeremiah24 has amassed over 1.8 million views so far. “I’m at the Batman movie and there are real bats in the theater…. #Imcooloffthat,” the tweet’s caption read.
See the video:
— J (@Jeremiah24_) March 5, 2022
The clip sparked funny memes and reactions with users saying bats came to support their boy. “Jurassic Park needs to be re-released then,” another user joked.
I was there. They tried to bait him to fly away pic.twitter.com/tkPLMJdtbm
— Vincent Genovese (@sparty1211) March 5, 2022
Jurassic Park needs to reissue then 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ua0mg6oZgq
— The Joker (@TheJokerBhai98) March 5, 2022
— boshiecork (@boshiecork) March 5, 2022
Are you sure you didn’t pay for the 3D version?
— Everyday Raimi Spider-Man! (@ EARTH_96283) March 5, 2022
WB promotions have taken this film to another level. pic.twitter.com/OxyWzKTwBE
— Booze 𝑽ein (@Booze__Vein) March 5, 2022
They came to support their boy pic.twitter.com/MD7FLbY6S0
— Damian Morales 🇺🇦💙💛 (@GamingMorale98) March 5, 2022
The bat also deserves to see the movie
— King Pink (@King_Pink52) March 5, 2022
Such an immersive experience
— perdao (@PedroMuller21) March 5, 2022
— 𝕿𝖗𝖆𝖟𝖞 (@D33crazy1) March 5, 2022
Marketing is really crazy pic.twitter.com/IMQU3BoFhX
– 4 (@x4vo8) March 5, 2022
This kind of thing is very cool to have a bat in the movies. pic.twitter.com/PBv3trKLxM
— Mike Clews (@Sinsterman96) March 5, 2022
A viewer was quoted as saying by KXAN that the film was put on hiatus and several attempts were made to get the bat out of the theater, but these were unsuccessful. Animal control was “contacted immediately,” theater management said, as quoted by the People report as citing CBS Austin. Moviegoers were offered another ticket, but the majority opted to stay and watch the film.
The theater management said KXAN that they believe “a guest tried to pull a prank”. “To make sure a prank like this doesn’t happen again, we’ll be adding extra security and checking all bags as guests enter,” General Manager Heidi Deno said as quoted by KXAN.
Released March 4 The Batman stars Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell.