First Review For Batman Live Is Glowing

First Review For <i>Batman Live</i> Is Glowing

Starburst Magazine have printed their review for the Premier of Batman Live at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Click for their take..

After the debacle that was Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark you would be forgiven for not having much faith in a similar stage outing for The Caped Crusader. That and the sneak peak we posted looked a bit, well,..shite. But the lads at Starbusrt really enjoyed this production. I mean REALLY enjoyed, giving the show 9 out of 10 stars.

Here are some excerpts from their review..

Starburst has just been witness to one of the most exciting interpretations of the Batman mythos we’ve seen in a long time. Nope, we weren’t on the set of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (sadly) we were at the Manchester Evening News Arena for the world debut of BATMAN LIVE...

...There before us was Gotham City itself, dwarfed by a colossal video screen back-drop (rendered as the iconic Bat insignia). The screen itself is an amazing lynchpin that compliments the ultra-modern pantomime beautifully, providing not only hugely inventive ways of extending each location, but also aids the narrative with the use of Joe Cubert-inspired comic-book panels. The Gotham City set is comprised of Monopoly piece-like constructs that, once your suspension of disbelief has been appropriately adjusted, work extremely well.

..Tonally, we’ve a version of Batman here that incorporates the earlier movies, comic-books and video games over the less family-orientated (and let’s face it, less fun) Christopher Nolan trilogy. And speaking of Nolan, his version of the Batmobile is put to shame here – The Tumbler doesn’t hold a candle to Batman Live’s representation of the vehicle. Even the last act race across Gotham to Arkham Ayslum projected on the aforementioned Bat screen backdrop (allowing for a much needed costume / set change) could teach Nolan a thing or two about how to properly pace an action set-piece.

...The term family-friendly gets bandied about quite a lot with products of this ilk, but BATMAN LIVE truly does appeal to all ages – from the youngest fans, raised on the many animated shows, to older fans of the Adam West and Tim Burton eras – you’ll find it impossible not to be impressed.

For the full review click the link below. Will you CBMers be rushing to the theater? Batman Live runs for one week only in Manchester, before moving on to Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Belfast, and Dublin. A European tour follows after that, and the show will eventually hit North America in august 2012.


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Mark Cassidy
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darkknightlegend - 7/19/2011, 4:47 PM
I only just found out i was going to this on Sunday :P Thats good news!
Bodwulf - 7/19/2011, 4:47 PM
looks like they sanded the nipples of Clooney's old suit.
alucard365 - 7/19/2011, 4:48 PM
Family friendly, Batman is not Friendly his a dark avenger.
Checkmate - 7/19/2011, 4:49 PM
Hope to see it someday.
McGribble - 7/19/2011, 4:50 PM
I jsut looked up what the batmobile looks like... It reminds me of the crap on from batman and robin. With neon lights and stuff. What is this guy thinking? The tumbler was AWESOME!!!
RorMachine - 7/19/2011, 4:51 PM
As a fan of the old Adam West Batman show I could imagine enjoying this..a little. Not sure i'd pay to see it though.
TheManSpiderman - 7/19/2011, 4:54 PM
sadly, I still am not interested..
DEATHbyEXILE - 7/19/2011, 4:57 PM
patriautism - 7/19/2011, 4:57 PM
I actually thought it looked good from the preview..
It is a live show it is supposed to have some spectacle to it.
when it comes to the US I am going to see it.
Ethic - 7/19/2011, 5:03 PM
Yusss! Keep the reviews comin!
oreilly - 7/19/2011, 5:05 PM
I'm hoping that the musical will look a lot like this:



95 - 7/19/2011, 5:13 PM
See it and weep Nolan....?
hush - 7/19/2011, 5:15 PM
Holy Character Regression Batman!
golden123 - 7/19/2011, 5:18 PM
@oreilly: I'm pretty sure that Batman Live isn't a musical. It's a play.

@deathmetalbrian: Nobody should review something from a genre or median that their not into because more than likely they won't like it.
oreilly - 7/19/2011, 5:20 PM

Click the picture for the link to the video.
deafheaven - 7/19/2011, 5:25 PM
Love the site but I can't take these ads anymore. I'm out of here.
Action - 7/19/2011, 5:28 PM
Wow! I guess Batman is on a roll. He has the best superhero cartoon, the best superhero movie,and is probably on the verge of having the best superhero musical. Go Batman!
oreilly - 7/19/2011, 5:45 PM

Haha, you're HILARIOUS!..........You forgot to add animated movies to that list. :)
gamecreatorjj - 7/19/2011, 6:09 PM
Suck it Marvel theatre fans, wait are there any DC theatre fans, oh well looks like we win in the theatre department, your move marvel
SugarYumYum - 7/19/2011, 6:35 PM
This actually looks and sounds like it'll be pretty fun. The only way I can see Batman working on stage is going the more light and campy route.

Hope it comes around the Raleigh or Charlotte area if/when it comes to U.S.
Action - 7/19/2011, 6:54 PM
@weneedrevelation-No, that's what what you are saying.

@SuspenseSmith-DC is not just successful with Batman, remember they just ended a 10th season of a live action/drama show based on Superman.
daschysta - 7/19/2011, 6:59 PM
Eh, you seriously going to diss animation in a forum on a site based on comic books? The DCAU is every bit or more compelling and entertaining than marvel's on screen universe.
AEStark - 7/19/2011, 7:00 PM
I wonder how much this person was paid to praise a schumacher-inspired stage show and bash a billion dollar franchise. Still, it may be good for a laugh.
AEStark - 7/19/2011, 7:04 PM
@Action I refuse to believe THAT was based on superman. Clark Kent, maybe, but that was no superman.
oreilly - 7/19/2011, 7:21 PM
Enough with the Marvel vs DC debate! Besides they all pail in comparison to Archie Comics!!!

Archie is #1!!!!!!!!!

Fogs - 7/19/2011, 7:35 PM
Still looking shitty to me, and YES, the reviewer is cleqrly into theather, so I'll just disregard his view.
amxt - 7/19/2011, 7:46 PM
"Glowing Review". Why do I get the feeling this should have a toxic waste glowing review?
Action - 7/19/2011, 8:06 PM
Can someone please donate a superman comic to AEStark, preferably a silver age superman comic. AEStark believes Clark Kent and Superman are not the same person.
comicbookjerk - 7/19/2011, 9:01 PM
Robin looks like that Robin from the justice league porn wtf cast someone who doesn't have a screwed up hairline and look like a porn star!
mmjoseph - 7/19/2011, 9:27 PM
omg , is this a musical or some Six Flags attraction? I wouldn't mind another DC/Marvel comicbook musical bomb!
HellScorpion - 7/19/2011, 10:05 PM
Oh, what fresh Hell is this?
BillyBatson1000 - 7/20/2011, 3:25 AM
Personally, I don't believe a WORD of this. It looks dreadful - soooo Joel Shumacher. The leaked clips were appalling. Some Journalist got payola. It's a non-story. If I'd bought tickets I'd be off-loading them right now.
njferns - 7/20/2011, 4:44 AM
Why do those costumes remind me of "Batman & Robin" but just without the nipples?!? Haha anyways it's some good news for DC in recent times at least. So with regards to Broadway: DC 1 Marvel 0 (Spidey anyone???)

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ROMACK - 7/20/2011, 9:06 AM
At least there are no Batnipples.

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