The makers of the Harry Potter fan musical have set their eyes — and ears, I suppose — to making a Batman musical. As the audio snippet in this video indicates, it’s going to be a rock opera that includes at least one song about young Bruce’s parents getting gunned down in Crime Alley, and it’s going to be fucking spectacular. It’s also going to be extremely legally dubious, if the musical’s “[email protected]” title is any indication. No offense to anyone, but I think I’m looking more forward to watching this on YouTube than I am The Dark Knight Rises. Infinite thanks to Rachel P. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.