‘Batman Live’ Footage: This Looks Absolutely Ridiculous
In a special interview, the team behind ‘Batman Live’ – including Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer and Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment – discuss their concept for the stage show and how they gave the world’s most bad-ass superhero jazz hands.
But can they explain why it looks so ridiculous?
In the video below, Johns, comic book artist Lee, Sam Heughan (the guy who plays Batman), and Allan Heinberg (the guy responsible for writing this thing) talk about their “vision,” or what can be more accurately described as looking like Joel Schumacher threw up.
And like Schumacher it looks like this show has fallen victim to character overload, with Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy. They stress the importance of the Robin and Batman/Bruce Wayne relationship, and how incredibly moving and important it is to explore this dynamic on stage. Clearly these are theater people and not comic book readers. Et tu, Jim Lee?
What the video does show of the actual show promises kids in the audience dressed in their Sunday best Batman pajamas, plenty of Batman gliding through the air via wires, and headache and/or nausea-inducing lights and colors all wrapped up in a Cirque du Soleil aesthetic. It’s enough to give Julie Taymor vertigo.
If this doesn’t turn you off, feel free to purchase tickets to the show and check it out for yourself. ‘Batman Live’ is touring the US and threatening to come to a town near you.