The Dark Knight Rises
In March of 2011 I was contacted through YouTube by Subconscious Productions, a company contracted by Warner Brothers to build props for an upcoming “big action film”. They found my video on YouTube and based a prop weapon on the appearance of the CG-33, and wanted my permission to use it in the movie. I was immediately excited to see my coilgun in a movie, and they offered a royalty that amounted to twice what it cost to build the CG-33 so I happily agreed.
They wouldn’t tell me the real title of the movie, but the paperwork I signed named the production “Magnus Rex”. One Google search later I discovered that the film was The Dark Knight Rises. My immediate thought was that I should have asked for a bigger royalty, but I was thrilled to be part of a big movie that I had been anticipating for a long time. In January of 2012, an issue of Empire Magazine was released with Batman on the cover showing the first look at the prop version of the CG-33.
During opening week in July of 2012, got to see The Dark Knight wield the CG-33 on the big screen. In the movie, the CG-33 is Batman’s EMP Gun, which he uses to disable vehicles from a distance during the first action scene. I was surprised to see that the prop makers made very few changes to the CG-33, except for the lights they added to the front. A couple weeks later, I picked up a toy Batman that comes equipped with a little plastic CG-33 that fires a spring-loaded dart.