By Danica Davison
You’ve seen Batman in comic books, cartoons and live action movies . . . but how about Batman in a live arena show?
Batman Live, which has been amazing viewers in the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America since 2011, will be making its way to America this fall. It will be kicked off in Anaheim on September 5, and from there move throughout the country with dates planned through October. Further dates and places have yet to be announced.
“As audiences enter the arena, they are greeted by a 3D Gotham City landscape complete with buildings, soundscape, and video animation, setting the scene for the story to come,” DC said in an official press release. “The magnitude of the production becomes apparent the first moment a full symphonic score is heard and a 105-foot bat-shaped LED video wall comes to life, enhancing the action on a custom-built stage. Another exciting element is the eye-catching, all-new Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.”
The story will be unique, not one found in any comic, and front-runner characters like Robin, Catwoman, The Joker and The Riddler will all have parts in the production. Some people have mistakenly believed this is a musical, so DC has confirmed that it is not.
“It is very faithful to the comic books – and it is all heightened – you are there in person – and you are sharing this experience with an enormous arena audience,” said Allan Heinberg, the writer of Batman Live. “It’s live and it’s happening all around you. And it’s something that people have never seen and will never forget!”
Better check to see if it’s coming to an arena near you!