Just as the revamped version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark premieres and Bono admits that the first version of that show had many, many problems, comes a teaser trailer for the rival superhero stage show. Batman Live is a touring arena stage show rather than a Broadway production, and now there is a teaser trailer that offers a great look at the fast-paced show’s costumes and characters. Read More »
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As Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been a disaster of a production, over in the UK another giant superhero stage show has been coming together. Batman Live is a touring arena production designed as a fast-paced romp through a big chunk of Batman’s history. It includes the origin of Robin and characters like the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.
Now the first images are out thanks to a media launch event. And Holy Schumacher!, but this looks like a direct continuation of the story that was unceremoniously dropped after Batman & Robin. But then again, this is arena theater — not exactly the venue for subtlety. Check out all the pics after the break. Read More »
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With Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fully revealed to the public (and struggling to evolve into a show worth paying more attention to) it’s time to get more detail on the next superhero stage spectacular. That would be Batman Live, which is planned to premiere in Manchester this July, and which will then embark upon a tour of arenas in the UK and Europe before moving to US arenas in summer 2012.
Producer Nick Grace (Walking With Dinosaurs, Mamma Mia!) promises a huge scale and went with arenas because they can accommodate “pyrotechnics and large video screens and lots of action.”
Now you can see some set designs for the show, which certainly seem to use the potential for a large scale. Read More »
Julie Taymor‘s musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark is the holiday gift that keeps on giving in 2010. You want to see Spidey flying onstage? How about the musical version of J. Jonah Jameson (Edit: or Hammerhead, probably) and Kraven the Hunter? It’s all right here in two new video spots. Plus, just because Spidey can’t have all the fun on stage, there’s some newish info about Batman Live and how Robin figures into the performance. Read More »
In April it was announced that Warner Bros and DC Comics were developing a Batman live stage tour, produced by Nick Grace Management and Water Lane Prods., the companies behind the popular/amazing Walking With Dinosaurs stage shows. At the time we were told that it wouldn’t be a cheesy musical, but instead “an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families” with a script by Alan Burnett and Stan Berkowitz, whose credits include both the Batman and Superman animated television shows as well as Justice League: The New Frontier animated movie.
At the time, the story was being kept under wraps, but with tickets set to give on sale later this week (November 12th) for the July 20th 2011 opening in Manchester, we’re beginning to learn more details.
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