There’s another version of Gotham City on the horizon — the “Batman Live” stage spectacle opens in Manchester, England, on July 19 with arena dates announced in nine other U.K. cities. Promoters say the tour will reach North America next year.
The show is not a musical (after “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” why would it be?) but more of a high-velocity stunt production with a storyline. The official description prominently declares the show to be ”faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories” but then goes on to describe a scenario that contradicts pretty much every Robin origin story you’ve ever read: “‘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 – secretly happens to be Batman. This triangle resolves itself in a nonstop thrill-ride across Gotham City that transforms Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into the legendary crime-fighters Batman and Robin…”
Anyway, the video above looks like something Joel Schumacher would enjoy a lot more than Christopher Nolan would.
– Geoff Boucher
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