In case you didn’t hear, there’s another superhero musical in town: Batman Live. The Caped Crusader is getting his very own stage show, complete with spectacular stunts and a good chunk of the Rogue’s Gallery. At least, I’m pretty sure there are going to be spectacular stunts; the teaser trailer that was just released for it mostly features a whole bunch of characters frozen in place being stared at by an equally frozen audience. But the Rogue’s Gallery is certainly there– it looks like Batman and Robin will be facing off with the Joker, Poison Ivy, the Penguin, Catwoman, and I think Harley Quinn once they all start moving again. Check it out here:
Okay, so I’m not entirely sure whether Batman Live is actually a musical, but it’s kind of hard not to draw the Spider-Man parallel. Actually, the fact that this thing is actually called an “arena show” makes me think it’s probably going to be more like that dinosaur show, Walking With Dinosaurs: Sure, it’s some sort of theatrical entertainment, but it’s more like going to a monster truck rally than going to the theatre. Or maybe more like going to the circus. Either way, it’s going to be a big gigantic spectacle, so there’s probably only so much we can hope for from a storytelling perspective, but hey, that’s okay.
They’re also calling it a world tour; the places it’s planning on going, however, are all in the UK and Ireland, leading me to believe that the entire world is only as big as a couple of soggy little islands. Not that I have anything against those soggy little islands– on the contrary, I’m quite fond of them– but it seems a bit presumptuous to call this a “world tour” when it’s clearly not covering the world. Then again, I suppose “soggy little island tour” doesn’t have quite the same ring as “world tour,” so I can kind of understand why the marketing folk would want to go for the latter. Maybe if it does well enough in the UK, they’ll eventually be able to bring it to the rest of the world, at which point they’ll probably start calling it a “universe tour.”
What do you guys think? Would you go see Batman Live?
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