Tom King, Jim Lee, Nafessa Williams, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker returned today from a surprise trip to Kuwait as part of a special mission with the United Service Organizations (USO). Done as part of DC’s 80th anniversary of Batman celebration, the group took part in a multi-day tour of Kuwait, visiting the nearly 12,000 U.S. military members stationed in the Middle Eastern country.
“It was an absolute honor to meet with brave service members that exemplify real life heroism,” said Lee. “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.”
The DC envoy visited five military bases in Kuwait: Camp Buering, Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem, Camp Patriot, and Al Jaber. They brought with them The Dark Knight era Tumbler Batmobile – which they gave military members the chance to take pictures with – and sit inside.
“The USO is honored to join forces with DC to bring this first-of-its-kind tour to service members in Kuwait,” said Alan Reyes, USO Chief Operating Officer. “s we close out Military Appreciation Month, this tour will strive to share America’s appreciation and support with our men and women in uniform. We are also excited to extend our partnership with DC beyond this tour by distributing Batman-themed USO2GO kits to service members across the globe.”
King spoke with service members about his comics writing, as well as his time as a CIA counterterrorism operations office – where he worked in nearby Iraq.
DC’s partnership with the USO will continue this year as they’ll be sending a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, and more to service members serving overseas.