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Batman Live, the multimillion-dollar arena stage show that kicked off a European tour in Manchester, England last summer, is finally making its way to the states. The show’s U.S. premiere is scheduled for this September in Anaheim, with stops in 8 other cities to follow.

Batman Live
‘s 42-person cast includes the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, naturally, as well as a villain lineup featuring The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and The Penguin.

Here’s the list of dates announced thus far:

Anaheim, CA — Sept. 5-9
St. Paul, MN — Sept. 13-16
San Jose, CA — Sept. 20-23
Los Angeles, CA — Sept. 27-30
Las Vegas, NV — Oct. 3-7
Oklahoma City, OK — Oct. 10-14
Rio Rancho, NM — Oct. 17-21
Colorado Springs, CO — Oct. 23-24
Loveland, CO — Oct. 26-28

“Meh” Joel Schumacher’s Batman meets cirque du solgay. I’m not interested. Far too cheesy. Plus, there doesn’t appear be any East Coast dates lined up, so I’m out.  I will say that Poison Ivy gets my body ready for sexual intercourse.

Adapted from Dreamwork‘s successful, and totally freakin’ awesome, How To Train You Dragon comes a stage show in the scheme of Walking with Dinosaurs, but instead with dragons. Dudes, seriously, dragons! As of now the show is be readied for stage in Melbourne, Australia but I’m hoping it’ll appear state-side very, very soon.

Who doesn’t want experience these incredible animatronics up close. They even breathe fire! Pyrotechnic effect fire, but still, it’s the closest you’ll ever be to a fire-breathing dragon.

Watch the footage below and let us know what you think.

source: i09

When the Batman Live arena show was first announced I, and many other Bat-fans, were completely stoked. The origin of the first Robin, Dick Grayson, a character closely associated with acrobatics and showmanship would provide the plot and it was being brought to life by DC and Batman legends, Allan Heinberg, Stan Berkowitz and Allan Burnet. All fantastic news. Then we saw some concept art of the stage and sets. Awesome. Then came the photos and video of the cast in full costume and we fans began to understand fear. This show could be complete shit. I mean seriously, do you remember how ridiculous they all looked?

This four minute preview which popped up on the web today won’t do much to ease your fears. In fact, you may find yourself shuddering with flashbacks of Joel Schumacher’s bastardized Batman films. Granted, I believe this footage comes from a rehearsal so we can’t be too condemning. But really, orange-glo baton fighting? WTF?!

I’ll have to give it to them, the giant Joker face with inmates as teeth is pretty cool. Creepy as fuck, but an inventive and interesting use of theatrics. The fight choreography looks badly staged, but again it’s a rehearsal and I’m sure the angles here are not ideal. Hmm, I feel like I’m doing my best to try and defend what is an overall dissapointing bit of footage. I guess I’m a Bat-optimist. Are you let down by this footage or looking at it with room for improvement?

source: io9

I guess today is all about showing off  your super hero’s new duds. Earlier we had the reveal of the finished costume for the Green Lantern movie and now we’ve got pictures and video of the cast of the stage show, Batman Live in full costume.

We’ve mentioned the upcoming stage production before but as a refresher here’s the plot,

Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, BATMAN LIVE focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero, the mysterious vigilante known as the Batman – much to the dismay of his protective guardian, millionaire Bruce Wayne – who secretly happens to be Batman.

A dazzling celebration of storytelling and stagecraft, BATMAN LIVE is at its heart an affecting coming of age story. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson – both orphaned at an early age – must first learn to overcome their own fears and forge their own family – along with Police Commissioner James Gordon and Bruce’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth – if they’re going to survive the combined forces of Batman’s larger-than-life rogues gallery: The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

It’s a great premise and all the aerial stunts needed to tell Robin’s origin will make an exciting show for the kids. And for all the kids at heart, also known as rampant Batman fans, should also love it. It’s being penned by Allan Heinberg, Stan Berkowitz and Allan Burnet, writers who are very familiar with the Dark Knight and his cast of crazies.

Continue on after the jump for more images and some videos from a press preview of Batman Live.