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Six Flags to debut new roller coaster -- The Joker -- in 2017

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  • Video: Aboard The Joker

  • A rendering of The Joker, a new roller coaster slated to open at Six Flags Great America in 2017

    A rendering of The Joker, a new roller coaster slated to open at Six Flags Great America in 2017
    Courtesy of Six Flags

  • The Joker will be a new centerpiece in the Yankee Harbor section of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee

    The Joker will be a new centerpiece in the Yankee Harbor section of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee
    Courtesy of Six Flags

 

Batman's biggest nemesis -- The Joker -- is joining him at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee with a new ride set to debut next year.

The Joker, a new free-fly coaster, will bring "insanely twisted chaos" to the Yankee Harbor section of the park, right next to the Batman The Ride roller coaster, according to a news release.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with the DC brand as it continues to resonate well with our guests. The Joker is undeniably one of the greatest Super-Villains of all time," said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president. "This free-fly coaster will perfectly capture the essence of the warped and unpredictable nature of The Joker. It will take our park to the next level of thrills."

The Joker will lift riders straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, then flip them head-over-heels at least six times along with other leaps and dives along the way.

"The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience this wild adventure with no track above or below -- just the sky, ground and plenty of sinister thrills," according to the news release.

The ride will also include "one-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology" that will give riders a feeling of being weightless, the release said.

The purple and green design and cartoon logo of the Joker will remind park visitors of the comic villain's earliest days.

The Joker will open in the spring, officials said. Season passes for next year are already on sale for 70 percent off through September.

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