Batman Swoops into Burghley
Burghley House hits the big screens this summer in the latest blockbuster superhero movie from Warner Bros, The Flash
New Warner Bros release The Flash stars Ezra Miller in the title role as comic book hero Barry Allen, but also swooping into the superhero story is another DC Comics character, Batman – and Burghley plays a cinematic supporting role as his Wayne Manor mansion.
The spectacular skyline of the Burghley House has already appeared in evocative shots for the movie trailer, and Burghley is now set for more stardom after the film was released in UK cinemas on 16 June.
While the story focusses on Allen – a scientist who achieves super speed after being struck by lightning – both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton return to their former roles as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, who appears in multiple forms during the time-travelling plot.
Film crews were at Burghley in April 2021 transforming Burghley into the fictitious Wayne Manor. Among features getting the Hollywood treatment are the distinctive roofline, with its forest of chimneys and towers, and the oak-panelled Great Hall, with its grand Tudor fireplace, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert dined during their visit to the House in 1844.
A house 500 years in the making, Burghley is no stranger to movie stardom, thanks to its grand architecture and imposing location. Film fans can retrace the footsteps of Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Dame Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland who filmed scenes for 2005’s Pride & Prejudice big-screen adaption.
And among Burghley’s other supporting roles were in The Da Vinci Code (2006), as a stand-in for a grand French chateau along with some scenes set at Castel Gandolfo. In Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) it became royal astrological and scientific advisor John Dee's house, while the Elizabethan gem also sparkled in The Crown, featuring as royal residences in two seasons of the Netflix series.
To watch the official The Flash trailer click here.