There are few mediums left for the Batman franchise to tap into, but Warner Bros. and DC Comics have decided to try out a live stage show. Currently in development, the actual structure of Batman Live is still behind closed doors. The release date is up in the air as well, but early rumors have it premiering after Chris Nolan’s Batman 3.
The intention is not to create a Broadway musical or stage adaptation of a film, but rather an arena production for kids and families. That’s good news for any parents fearing their kid will have a similar reaction as young Bruce Wayne did when his parents took him to a bat-themed stage show in Batman Begins; especially since that show ended with the parents getting shot. Oops, spoiler alert.
Alan Burnett and Stan Berkowitz, the team behind Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Justice League: The New Frontier, are writing the script for the stage show. Nick Grace Management and Water Lane Productions are behind the project and will look to replicate their success with Walking With Dinosaurs. It’s likely the show will have similar elements to the latter production in that there will be a structured presentation and story, but not a conventional stage event.
“The show is neither a musical nor a Broadway-bound theatrical production but rather an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families.”
Superman and Spider-Man have taken their shots at the stage, but the latter has been sporadic at best and Superman only lasted a few months in 1966. If anything, the Batman franchise is the most well-managed of all superheroes, so put your worries aside and continue to trust the people who brought one of the most disgraced comic book movie characters back to into the limelight with a vengeance. And if you don’t think the Adam West Batman was embarrassing, well, then, I sincerely apologize to you and your television.
If anything points to a possible hurdle for the show, it is the proposed target audience of families and children, which brings to question just what kind of Batman will be presented. Early talks seem to shy towards a heavy amount of the Dark Knight’s enemies in the act. Though that concern seems irrelevant, considering the production companies brought the scary culture of dinosaurs to families in an appealing and bankable way.
If this is all about capitalizing on a popular character I wouldn’t be surprised. But the live production market is nearly untouched and it can’t hurt to try. The Caped Crusader is safe in the hands of Christopher Nolan and as we await news on Batman 3, this news should hold fans over for a short while.
What do you guys think? Is this as ridiculous as nipples on a Batsuit or will you be the first in line for Batman Live? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Source: Heat Vision