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Six Flags Great America will debut a new Joker-themed roller coaster in 2017

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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While Six Flags Great America retrofitted one of its existing roller coasters with a synchronized virtual reality experience this summer, the amusement park hasn't introduced a new outdoor coaster since the opening of Goliath in 2014. That will change next summer, when Six Flags Great America unveils a new roller coaster called the Joker, named after the infamous Batman villain.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the Joker will be located in Six Flags Great America's Yankee Harbor area, next to the classic Batman The Ride roller coaster—you know, the one that plays Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" repeatedly while you stand in line. The Joker is a free-fly coaster, with seats that extend over the edge of the track and are able to rotate throughout a course that features a 120-foot-tall hill and multiple 90-degree drops. A version of the attraction is already installed at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, which a reviewer on Theme Park Insider described as a short ride that "delivers titillation and wreaks havoc with the senses."

Thrill seekers will be able to take a spin on the Joker sometime next year when it opens at Six Flags Great American in Gurnee, Illinois. In the meantime, you can always ride one of the many great roller coasters at Six Flags or take a look at this preview video of the new attraction.

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