With Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark turning folks away from any kind of superhero stage (If you’re the one guy/gal excited for this then please give us some of that crazy ass medication you’re on.) show I dunno why we would even acknowledge this ‘Batman Live’ shenanigans. Batman: Turn Off The Dark… Knight ‘Batman Live’ being a live stage show that will feature classic characters such as Alfred and even Batman’s trusty sidekick Robin, and villains like the Joker, Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. It 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!) has been flapping his gums that they went all huge scale and went with arenas because they can accommodate “pyrotechnics and large video screens and lots of action.”
Backing up his statement comes some set designs, which give us a better sense of what kind of direction this production is taking. Take a look after the jump to to check em’ out, as well as see more details on the show itself.
ugh, DO NOT WANT. Batman. Explosions. How can it go wrong? While it looks like a fantastic family affair I just can’t help but shake my head. Theater, Stage, Musicals are a frontier that comics should never tread. Sigh, I dunno… I guess it’s not bastardising the source material like ‘Spider-Man : Turn Off The Dark’ is. Then again these set designs just seem like something out of the mind of Joel Shumacher. Just campy and silly. I’d like to this to be moody, intense, brooding, with a Noir type style. Sigh, I’m gonna try to reserve my judgment until I see some stage footage.
The Telegraph offers up these images, and says to expect a running time of around 85 minutes at a ticket price far less than most Broadway shows.
The paper describes,
…a play of sorts, but it’s going to be performed in Britain’s biggest, grandest arenas rather than theatres. There will be acrobatics, pyrotechnics, stuntmen, supervillains and screeching Batmobiles on a 100ft-wide, 60ft-deep performance area. Behind them, a giant video wall will flash panels from comic strips and special effects, and give the appearance of interacting with the live performers on stage…There will be an onstage disaster with a hot-air balloon and a Joker face whose eyes, teeth and hair are made up of dozens of dancers – each surely counting as one of what Grace says are the show’s ‘seven or eight, “Wow!” moments’.
Here’s the official info:
Based on an original story being created exclusively for the show, BATMAN LIVE is a theatrical extravaganza of thrilling stunts, acrobatic acts and illusions. Never before has Gotham City, Wayne Manor, the Batcave and Arkham Asylum been brought to life on stage in a more visually exciting way. Join Batman and Robin as they battle their nemesis The Joker and other super-villains such as The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, set on destroying Gotham City. entic, bold and awe-inspiring, BATMAN LIVE will be a completely new way to experience the world of Batman. This is one adventure you do not want to miss!
BATMAN LIVE is based on an original story being created exclusively for the show. Creative Director is Anthony Van Laast and Co-Director, James Powell. Set design by Es Devlin, music composed by James Brett, sound design by Simon Baker, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video direction by Sam Pattinson, costume design by Jack Galloway. Circus sequences created, produced and managed in association with Circus Space with Bryan Donaldson and Juliette Hardy-Donaldson as circus consultants.