Inside the Warner Bros’ warehouse: Video of mysterious LA depot reveals Batmobiles and Superman’s costume among vast array of Hollywood’s most iconic props from huge blockbusters
- Warehouse is home to Superman, Batman, and the Matrix as well as Batmobiles
- Celebrity glasses designer Tom Davies was granted rare access to see inside
Rare footage has emerged of the renowned Warner Bros’ prop warehouse in Los Angeles, which is home to some of the studio’s most iconic costumes, guns, and cars as featured in some of the biggest films of all time.
The warehouse, which is the size of an aircraft hangar and is home to Superman, Batman, and the Matrix, as well as the Batmobiles, is so mysterious that the address is not listed anywhere and the building is heavily guarded against thieves.
However, celebrity glasses designer Tom Davies, who has created frames for Warner Bros’ 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections, and the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was granted rare access – and was allowed to video his experience.
In a series of posts on YouTube, Davies is shown touring the Batman room, where he saw outfits worn by George Clooney in the 1997 film Batman & Robin, Christian Bale in the 2005 movie Batman Begins, and Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
But the highlight of his trip was visiting the Batmobiles, in what he described as ‘the coolest garage in the world’, driving one of the Cape Crusader’s mega machines.
‘These are pretty inspirational vehicles and the design is amazing,’ he says in the video. ‘I didn’t want to get out. That was all kinds of awesome right there.’
The warehouse is the size of an aircraft hangar and is home to Superman, Batman, and the Matrix, as well as the Batmobiles
The warehouse is so mysterious that the address is not listed anywhere and the building is heavily guarded against thieves
Davies, 49, also saw the Clark Kent costumes worn by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 movie Superman, Brendan Routh in the 2006 film Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in the 2013 reboot Man of Steel.
He even tried on Christopher Reeve’s hat.
‘I’ve got a bigger head than Superman,’ joked Davies, who lives in Petersham, south-west London with his wife Kerstin, 46, and two children Oscar, 17, and Amelia, 14.
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But it was the glasses worn by Christopher Reeve that caught his attention. ‘This is a beautiful frame,’ he added. ‘I came all the way to America for this moment…I need to take some sketches of this.’
Davies became a household name after he created frames for Emma Thompson and Emma Stone in the Oscar-winning movie Cruella.
Two years ago, MailOnline revealed that two masked burglars had broken into his Sloane Street store and stolen replicas of the frames, worth £500,000.
‘All my staff are devastated,’ he said at the time. ‘In the film, Jasper and Horace are petty thieves who go about stealing from people and these two burglars are just like Jasper and Horace with face masks on.’
Then, earlier this year, another thief targeted his store, in the City of London but was detained by two ‘superheroes’ a city financier and a retired major.
Now, after being given his private tour, Davies has teamed up with Warner Bros to design a limited-edition series of frames, with Zeiss lenses to commemorate the film studio’s centenary.
Davies’ visit to the Warner Bros’ prop warehouse came two years after he created the frames for the Matrix, which saw American actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II take over from veteran Laurence Fishbourne as Morpheus.
‘That’s when I became aware that this secret archive existed,’ he said. ‘They wanted a new pince-nez or nose clip for Morpheus so I said: ‘Send me the original and I will measure the new actor’s nose and make a new version for him.
‘So, they sent me the original nose-clip that Laurence Fishbourne had worn in the original Matrix. It came in this lovely crepe paper, preciously wrapped up with this lovely little thing in a little box. I asked at the time: ‘Where did this come from?’
However, celebrity glasses designer Tom Davies, who has created frames for Warner Bros’ 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections, and the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was granted rare access
Davies became a household name after he created frames for Emma Thompson and Emma Stone in the Oscar-winning movie Cruella
Warner Bros’ prop warehouse in Los Angeles is home to some of the studio’s most iconic costumes, guns, and cars as featured in some of the biggest films of all time
Davies even tried on Christopher Reeve’s glasses and said he came ‘all the way to America for this moment’
‘They said: ‘It came from the prop room.’ So, I then said: ‘Oh do you have my Superman glasses for Clark Kent in the prop room?’ and they said: ‘Yes.’ So, I thought: ‘One day I want to go visit the prop room and see what other treasures are there.’
His dream came true on April 5 this year after he had done a three-week tour of America, visiting some of his customers and doing fun shows, where members of the public get to meet the designer.
‘We went into this amazing warehouse, which was almost like an aircraft hangar,’ he added. ‘You walked through the door and it’s incredible. It’s a very precious place.
‘Every vehicle from every Warner Bros film is there and that is just a percentage of it. There were boxes, beautifully labelled up relating to each film. They keep everything. You open up these boxes full of treasure from the last 100 years.
‘I love My Fair Lady and all the costumes are there and the shoes and the hats. You just think: ‘Wow this is amazing. You’re holding a piece of history.’ I was in there for three hours enjoying myself really.’
Davies is very much the Willy Wonka of eyewear, a mad professor, with gold business cards, who makes glasses out of crushed meteorites and glow-in-the-dark stars, in his Brentford factory.
Indeed, he has designed two pairs of glasses for the forthcoming film, Wonka, which is released in the UK next week.
He earned his reputation as the King of Specs after making glasses for celebrities such as Ed Sheeran, Heston Blumenthal, Carrie Fisher, Victoria Beckham, and Susannah Constantine.
Davies holds up the Joker playing card which is shown in the Dark Knight film
Davies tours the Batman room, where he saw outfits worn by George Clooney in the 1997 film Batman & Robin, Christian Bale in the 2005 movie Batman Begins, and Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Davies is filmed walking into a room full of Batman props, costumes and gear used in various films
Davies’ visit to the Warner Bros’ prop warehouse came two years after he created the frames for the Matrix
He has also created frames for more than a dozen Hollywood films including Superman, Spiderman, Angelina Jolie’s The Tourist, Brad Pitt’s Allied, Rowan Atkinson’s Keeping Mum and Cruella, which won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
Now Davies has created a limited-edition range of frames inspired by five of his favourite Warner Bros movies – The Wizard of Oz, Superman, Batman, Rebel Without a Cause and The Great Gatsby as well as re-releasing the original Matrix frames.
‘When The Matrix Resurrections came out, my 1,000 limited edition Matrix frames sold out in 48 hours,’ added Davies. ‘So, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to collaborate with the team again and join the centenary celebrations.
‘I wasn’t sure there was a market for adult superhero stuff until I went to Glastonbury and saw a guy walking around with a large S tattooed on his chest.
‘Then I drove the Batmobile in LA when visiting their prop room and got inspired to make grown-up superhero glasses.
‘I had no idea they were going to let me sit in the Batmobile and start it up. You can see from my face, it was amazing.’
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