Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark

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It seemed like it was never going to open in the first place. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the big, Broadway musical adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero, began production in 2007 and burned through millions of dollars, saw several changes in cast and production staff and had more than a couple of on-stage injuries, all before preview performances had even begun. Still, Turn Off the Dark has managed to eek out a place for itself on the Great White Way, at least it will until this coming January. (more…)

For the past few weeks the Superhero Round-Up has been pretty heavy on Marvel movies, for good reason too since they stand to own the first few weeks of this years blockbuster season. You almost for get that DC Comics has a few heavy hitters coming out soon. Well we’ve got updates from both the upcoming Superman movie and Batman movies, hell we’ve even got some Wonder Woman related news.

One of the more mysterious comic book movies coming out this year, the Judge Dredd reboot, remains silent. Seriously, we’ve seen like some photos and some very behind the scenes footage? Well, we do get some hopeful words about the project.

And yes, even some Spiderman related news from both screen and stage.

Your Superhero Round-Up starts after the jump.

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2012 is going to be a big year for superheroes both on the big and small screen, From The Dark Knight Rises to The Avengers and maybe even the Man of Steel, toss in DC Nation on the Cartoon Network and more on TV and it is a real good time to be a comic book nerd.

Obviously the first big blockbuster of the year is The Avengers, meaning the news is fast and furious and we’ve got a healthy stack of news for you here. We’ve also got a fresh look at the upcoming Blade anime cartoon that is sure… anime, and cartoon. To cleanse the pallet we have the ghost of superhero movie past, yes more terribleness from Superman Lives.

All coming up after the jump in your latest Superhero Round-Up!

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Turn Off The Dark … Knight

Have you ever seen something so bad that it seemingly defies all expectations of badness and manages to transcend to something else?

That happened while I was watching a University frat production of Turn Off The Dark Knight, a Batman-themed rip-off of the amazingly bad (yet still being shown) broadway play, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

Right off the bat (hehehe, see what I did there?), Bruce Wayne starts singing Lady Gaga, and that was just bad. And then the Joker starts singing a slow-tempo song, and I had to turn it off. But, after a minute or so of cringing at my computer, I turned it back on and just started to laugh at the badness. And, to their credit, they don’t shy away from it! In fact, they embrace it.

So, who am I to critique?

Just watch it with a sense of humor, and you’ll be sure to get a kick out of it.

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Things you probably can’t do in a month: lose 20 lbs, travel to every country in the UN, learn to read Japanese, and get pregnant (if you’re a man).

Things you can do in a month: Fix everything about the musical “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark” ???

Dubious. But this is what we’re hearing from producer Julie Taymor, who has valiantly defended the musical for it’s five week delays. Although I’m not sure delays need defending so much as sighs of relief. The cringe worthy musical suffered crap acting, injuries (Spiderman not so Spidey like. Did anyone tell him that falls were NOT in the script? I wonder.), production problems, and cast members taking off (smart people). However, they must prolong the suffering. As we turn our heads and say ::cough give up cough::, they claim its brand new and improved with new music, a different ending, etc. Here’s a snippet from the promo email, provided by ToplessRobot.com:

Order your tickets now and be the first to see the brand-new version of Broadway’s musical spectacular–with new music, new scenes and a whole new take on the mind-blowing theatrical adventure. Songwriting superstars Bono & The Edge of U2 have joined forces with a new team of artists to bring this sensation to even greater heights. Be there.

I guess we will be there. With a month to fix it, maybe they’ll prove us wrong and it will become a classic. We’ll tell our kids about it one day: “The day we saw the Spider-Man was life changing”. Or, maybe not. The new set of preview nights is out to scare us May 12th. The musical actually opens on June 14th.

While I think Law and Order needs to go off the air -sick of all these redundant cop shows-, here’s two upcoming episodes that might be worth watching. Might.

In true Law and Order style they are ripping one right from the headlines. What if the accidents on Spider Man Turn off the Dark set had turned out worse…what if they had lead to…MURDER? *Dun-dun-dun!*

Deadline reports on the Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode inspired by the blundering story of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark:

“What if one of the many incidents of actors getting injured on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark had a tragic outcome? Law & Order: Criminal Intent will explore such a scenario in an upcoming episode clearly inspired by the debacle that the Spider-Man musical had become, TVLine reports. In the fictional version, the splashy musical is titled Icarus, from a high-strung director and a secretly bisexual rock-star composer. This is the latestepisode of the Law & Order franchise featuring ripped-from-the-headlines stories this season.

“secretly bisexual rock-star composer”? Whoa, that’s a unnecessary crack at Bono. He’s not bi-sexual. He’s just a piece of shit. He’ll always be number 2.

“Law & Order” rips its stories from the headlines. But have they got to rip them from the bottom of the barrel? Hasn’t Spidey suffered enough? Now Charlie Sheen on the other hand…

CI is also doing an episode featuring a Charlie Sheen-type character played by Jay Mohr from Gary Unmarried. His character Nyle Brite, his known as a “lovable rogue” who has a reputation for cocaine use, parties, and women. In the episode will focus on a murder of a guest at Brite’s home.

In other words, this episode is #WINNING

No word yet on whether or not this will be the popular series final season.

source: Deadline

With every delay, every technical difficulty and every time Spidey gets stuck upside down in the air it becomes apparent that the creators of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark seem to have bitten off more than they can chew.  Well, it finally seems that Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris are tingling because they are making some EPIC changes to the production.  With the production not being ready now until Summer rather this month due to rearranging everything from musical number to added new music, original director Julie Taymor will be unable to devote all of her time to the project after this month comes to a close.

A press release just came out stating that we will have to wait just a little longer for our Spidey who is not only high flying but sings and dances too!  The musical has been set back numerous times so this comes as no surprise.  The bummer of it all is that this thing seemed like it has so much potential when the news was first released ,but after a wind of bad press it has lost a lot of it’s mojo.

So in order to help Spidey “get his groove back”  producer have brought musical consultant Paul Bogaev (Tarzan, Bombay Dreams, Aida, Sunset Boulevard) and sound designer Peter Hylenski (Elf, Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages, Shrek) to it’s creative team.  No doubt these are impressive additions but will it be enough to bring this musical out of the mess it’s in?  It’ll be interesting to see if the new plan of attack works.

Both the producers and Bono and The Edge who are doing the music for the show support Taymor’s vision and her work thus far, but neither seem unhappy about the delay or expanding creative team.  With the producers commenting,

Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening. We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it’s with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team. Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark needs right now.”

and Bono and The Edge tagging onto to that adding,

“Julie is a truly gifted and imaginative director. This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project. We are listening and learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix. All of us on the creative team are committed to taking SPIDER-MAN to the next level. We are confident it will reach its full potential and when it does, it will open.”

So what do you guys think, will the new additions to Spidey’s team get the musical out of this sticky situation??

Source: ComicBookMovie

‘Spider-man: Turn off the dark’. After all the scathing reviews, accidents and pushing back the opening fives times -grand opening is March 5th- you would think they would just throw in the webbing and call it quits. Alas, there is far too much money invested in the show to not try to rework anything and everything they can. They priced themselves out of being able to quit or close for the forseeable future . Really, you just can’t keep a good spider down.

So, the 65 million dollar Broadway show is reworking it’s book. Originally written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, now being reworked by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. How very telling. Taymor, Bono & the Edge can’t create a good show on their own – they need someone to help them do a good job. Will this be another wire snapping flop or is Roberto the true wall crawling hero of New York city?

Writer’s senses tingling

Deadline confirmed that Aguirre-Sacasa will indeed be reworking the original story after reviews from critics claimed the story lacks an insider’s voice about the spandex hero. Most recently writing a new book to the Charles Strouse and Lee Adams musical It’s A Plane, It’s SUPERMAN!, a hit at the Dallas Theatre Center, he also knows what he’s writing about. Having written Spider-Man comics for Marvel, Roberto knows his Spidey trivia and history. He also writes for the HBO series Big Love and  Aguirre-Sacasa is repped by WME, this play may finally having the saving grace it actually needs.

Via: Deadline

Spider-man Musical Allowed To Go On

After Monday’s accident in which stuntman Chris Tierney fell 30 feet during the Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark musical, it has been determined that the show will continue to go on. Yesterday the Actors’ Equity Association and the Department of Labour said they would halt the production until further notice, well it looks like everything is back on track. After 36 hrs of work all the safety rigs and safety measures must be all in working order, what else could go wrong (knock on wood). The Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono rock musical will be back in the swing of things with tonight’s performance, this afternoon’s show was still cancelled.

With accidents like concussions, broken toes and broken wrists you’d think they would say “enough is enough” and hold off until everything is properly fixed. The production should be absolutely safe before risking the safety of your actors . Just welding a few joints and adding a bit of duct tape isn’t going to fix things here. This is just one big series of unfortunate events, each one more dangerous than the last. How long is it going to be until someone accidentally dies because the company didn’t take safety protocol seriously and just wanted to make back the estimated 65 million in costs.

Sooner or later if things don’t start going up for the most expensive Broadway musical in history then death is going to have a real reason to buy a ticket.

Via: Topless Robot

The over-the-top musical production by Julie Taymor and company, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, may just be over.  Taymor’s musical has come to a screeching halt after the events of last night’s showing.  Stuntman Christopher Tierney, who doubles for Spidey as well as two of the villains for the production, fell thirty feet after one of his cables snapped.  In a statement released to Broadway World it is said that,

“Actors’ Equity Association is working with management and the Department of Labor to ensure that performances will not resume until back-up safety measures are in place.”

The events of putting the Spidey musical together almost read like  a comic itself.  And surprisingly, the villains aren’t Bono and the Edge.  The villains have come in the form of an outrageous budget, constant delays of the production and faulty equipment.  If anything should be the last straw and end this production, this should be it!  I think Taymor, despite how good she is at what she does, has unfortunately bitten off a little more than she can chew this time.  I just hope this guy is gonna be alright.

Source: ToplessRobot