On July 20th, 2011, Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment and Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions Ltd introduced the world of Gotham City to the UK. Batman Live is an original story of the Batman mythos, following Dick Grayson on his path to becoming Robin, and of course teaming up with Batman to become the greatest crime fighting duo in Gotham City and comic book history. Unlike Spiderman Turn off the Dark, this multi-million dollar production was not hindered by as many injuries and poor management. They were a few set backs like the Batmobile created for this show crashed into the set. But since then it has been a green light from then on. Trapeze artists train for 45 minutes a day for three months, and it was designed to play for an audience as little as 4,000 to 10,000.
When comparing Marvel and DC, you think of comic books and movies. While both on the comic books side of things both have been pretty evenly matches, movie wise however Marvel has been taking the lead. With recent hits such as “Thor” and “Captain America”, DC has met with failure with the Green Lantern movie, and been focused on rebooting main franchise character “Superman” for the 2nd time. While the latest Batman movie looks to be another hit, DC has yet to match Marvel in successfully adapting their characters for the big screen. But on the stage DC looks to be poised to dominate. Spiderman: Turn off the Dark has proven to be an amazing show, but the injuries, the bad ending, the amount of show cancellations, as well as the amount of money that was lost in order to get the show on track have really hurt the entire production. Batman Live seems to have everything on track and looks ready to give fans a Batman experience they won’t soon forget.
The people behind the scenes of this show have been attached to either big name performers and/or the big screen/television. Music composer, James Brett, has worked on films such as X-Men, 2012, and the popular HBO series Band of Brothers. Set Design Es Devlin has created stage sets for the likes of Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and the Royal and European Opera Houses. The acrobats are courtesy of Circus Space, The UK’s National Centre for the Circus Arts.They are a world class hub for training, rehearsal, and professional development in the circus arts.
The tour kicked off off in Manchester, England and will continue touring all of Europe for the rest of 2011. In the summer of 2012, Batman Live will begin its American tour. Those of us in North America that can’t wait that long can check the Batman Live web site to for their European dates and head over seas to catch the show before anyone here is able to. Tickets for the European tour range from 20-35 British pounds or $31-$54 American dollars. Of course there will be special seating prices for better views of the stage itself. Batman Live is inspired by the art of Jim Lee and is praised as a very family friendly show. But still packs the action that comic book fans look for from Batman. Batman Live is not a musical, but a stage show.