?We all know that Batman’s greatest power is his ability to be ready for any possibility, no matter how unlikely or insane. So, in the bizarre, unlikely event that the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actually premieres, and in the even more insane chance that it becomes a hit, Batman needs to have his own stage show ready. That’s where Batman Live comes in. From Robot 6:
the big-budget arena show that premieres in July in the United Kingdom
before touring Europe and North America, will focus on the relationship between the Caped Crusader and his sidekick.
First reported in April but officially announced this week, the multimillion-dollar production uses 45 performers, a 100-foot stage and a 130-foot-wide video screen to recreate such Gotham City locations as Wayne Manor, the Batcave and Arkham Asylum.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the show opens with an Arkham jailbreak and pits Batman and Robin
against such villains as the Joker — a 26-foot giant Joker head is
somehow involved — Catwoman, the Riddler, Penguin, Two-Face and Harley
Quinn. But at the story’s core is Dick Grayson’s transformation from
traumatized orphan to Boy Wonder, and how Batman relates to his new
Normally, I’d make fun of any stage show — it’s kind of my schtick — but after months and months of the Spidey musical debacle, Batman Live sounds pretty good. I mean, at the very least it has two things going for it Turn Off the Dark doesn’t — no ridiculous character designs by Julie Taymor, and no douche-rock anthems by U2. Advantage: Batman, as usual. Thanks to Robert M. for the tip.