The Dark Knight Taking The Stage With ‘Batman Live’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:04 am,

Batman Live puts Dark Knight on stage The Dark Knight Taking The Stage With Batman Live

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.

batman villains The Dark Knight Taking The Stage With Batman Live

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.

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  1. Well there's no medium quite like theatre. This could be interesting. If it turns out to be really good, who knows? Maybe we'll see more kids getting interested in this type of production, and possibly more superheroes getting the stage treatment…

  2. Mask of the Phantasm is one of the best Batman movies; I hope that Alan Burnett and Stan Berkowitz will be able to bring the sensibility of the DCAU to the stage.

  3. I think its a cool idea, I think if you could make the Lion King on of the great theatrical shows in the history of broadway then you could do something with Batman. Which has broadway written all over it. – Batman's hometown is Gotham (NewYork) which is home to broadway. Batman is mysterious and very theatrical in the dark moody kind of way, while the Joker is theatrical in the opposite dramatic colorful kind of way. There's trajedy and comedy and mystery, and romance. It could have great possibilities.

  4. I'd pay countless dollars to see Christian Bale singing in his Batman voice.

  5. LOL, I gotta say this reminds of a episode of Batman Beyond where Terry takes old Bruce to a stage show for his birthday based on his days of Batman. It shows people dressed up like the Joker, Peguin, Two-face, Catwoman, Harlequinn, Poison Ivy all singing & dancing around a tied-up Robin. And old Bruce is just watchin with a straight face with disgust and leaves before its over. If Batman was real, i could see him doin the same thing,lol. I just had to comment about that, i dont watch any live stage performances and dont mean any harm to those who like them.

  6. It would probably be like him screaming at the Cinematographer but in the rhythm of those NBA Gatorade commercials! “K-ick your ass!!! I-want-you-of-the-set-you-prick!W-W-Wee are DOONEE!” lmao

  7. It's a “super production” by Joel Schumacher.

  8. Hey, I'd see it. Hahah.

  9. So basically they're doing what 6 flags new england does every season with batman shows except nationwide?