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BATMAN: LIVE coming to your city sometime 2012-ish?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This is not strictly movie news, but it's certainly cool news. BATMAN LIVE is being planned by WB/DC. Wait, wait... don't go yet! Listen to this... It's not a musical, but "an elaborate arena production," according to The Heat Vision Blog at THR. And it's being written by BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES' Alan Burnett. He also had a hand in the script for BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM. Now, the Batman animated series is arguably the best treatment Batman has ever received outside of the comic book format and I'm sure Burnett is a big reason for that (other big reasons are Paul Dini, who also wrote the fantastic BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM video game, and Bruce Timm, of course). It's supposed to be a touring show along the lines of MAMMA MIA and WALKING WITH DINOSAURS. In fact, the companies behind those shows are going to be involved... does that mean a giant animatronic Killer Croc? God, I hope so. All I know is that I want this to see what they come up with. I'd wager with that pedigree it isn't going to be a cheesefest like the live on-tour stuff I saw as a kid...

Yikes, that's the first time I've listened to any of that stuff since I was, like, 10 years old. So, yeah. No doubt it'll be better than the COMING OUT OF OUR SHELLS tour, thank Christ. Scuttlebutt has the tour launching near the release of Christopher Nolan's third Batman Film, so it could be 2011/2012-ish. What do you folks think? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • April 26, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Don't be afraid to use your nails boys

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I love me some batman, even if it's campy batman

  • April 26, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST


    by irishraidersfan

    An awful, awful idea. Batman on ice, effectively. A waste of effort...

  • April 26, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    I like the idea.

    by hallmitchell

    I've heard the Jim Steinman songs. I think they are great. Not that they are being used in this production.

  • April 26, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Batman TAS FTW

    by Porco Drunko

    Own them all on DVD and rewatching them again for the first time since I was a teen, just blown away at how awesome that series is. Just gorgeous animation, great writing, perfect pacing for the most part, and just stunning character design. <p>Wasn't a fan of the changes made for the female characters in the fourth season, but I did like the redesign for the penguin, and the CGI just didn't look right. Wasn't bad CGI, but you could always see the difference and the hand drawn animation was so beautiful why fuck it up with CG.<p>

  • April 26, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Batman with Jazz hands?

    by TresEquis

    That's what this sounds like. Or, the "Batdance" video by Prince, circa 1989.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Funny I was thinking of TMNT on Tour before I clicked

    by TheJudger

    on the headline and saw it linked. Glad to hear it's not a musical. Bet this Batman wont be as good as disney's indiana show, or six flags batman show or uni's waterworld show..

  • April 26, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    2012 does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Wonder if 2012 will also see the new Nolan bat movie? Could be a nice bit of synergy...<p> At any rate a touring show like this can't help but keep BAT-MAN alive in the cultural eye... i'm sure it'll be a great day out for all the family.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    I take it Adam West doesn't need a fresh gig

    by Rocco Curioso

    ... as "Family Guy" will not be cancelled (for the 3rd and final time) until around 2017. Just get Nolan and Bale & Co. back together (incl. Guy Pearce as The Riddler), make the third movie with equal style and class as "The Dark Knight", then bury Batman once and for all. That done and gone, I would gladly volunteer as a pallbearer.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I just don't like live shows

    by ballyhoo

    All tension, all suspense, all comedy, all drama... just disappears without the benefits of editing and closeups, etc.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Six Flags

    by zyuray2

    I always enjoyed the live stunt shows they had at Six Flags.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    There should be a live pencil trick demonstration

    by PTSDPete

    Either that, or none at all....

  • April 26, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    And it's in 3D!!

    by zyuray2

    And you don't even need glasses!! Come on, you know some WB exec is gonna pitch this as part of the promotion.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    HA ....TMNT...

    by Bouncy X

    i remember being pissed that i couldnt go see this when it came to my city. i still vividly remember the day i got their album, it was a pizza hut exclusive so i convinced mom to take me there for lunch just so i could get the cassette. thats also the day the eye doctor said i needed glasses, still never got any and my eyesight is just as good as it was then so ha..take that. :P

  • April 26, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Will there be music by Prince?! ......heh,heh

    by JDanielP

    I feel like singing and dancing! <P>No, not really.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Manbaby News

    by LaserPants

    You know what separates this from Disney On Ice? NOTHING.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • April 26, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    You know, if they ever did a campy Batman Broadway musical, Travolta would be a good Joker.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't this be called a Play?

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    They traditionally happen in what are known as Theatres. They have been around for a while.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I saw this at Six Flags a decade and a half

    by jimbojones123

    Ago as well. No thanks.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    What could e interesting is...

    by rcazzy

    If they adapted the Arkham Asylum: A Serious House story and made the show have real creepy elements worked with Batman fighting Croc and others every so often, maybe having creepyamadeus Arkham talking, going from Arkham as a young man scenes, then to Batman roaming the mansion looking for Joker scenes.

  • April 26, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Batman TAS > Nolan Films

    by brobdingnag

    And its not eve3n close.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I agree TAS > Nolan

    by ominus

  • April 26, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    That's 'cause...

    by daggor

    Kevin Conroy > Christian Bale

  • April 26, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Daggor, you're wrong.

    by rcazzy

    You're not emphasising the Conroy>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Bale in Batman terms.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    So it's like those circus-ish live performance with lip-synch?

    by ricarleite2

    Those make me CRINGE in embarassment.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Anything in an area stinks - except rock concerts & rodeos

    by JonChambers

    BATMAN? You have to be sucking kidding. It'll be like the Universal Tour kiddie show!

  • April 26, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Son of a bitch

    by Dharma4

    I thought BATMAN: LIVES was the title of the next Nolan Batman film.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    disney have been doing this for years..

    by emeraldboy

    through kenneth feld. he has links to the us govt.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    More like Turtles Coming Out Of The Closet.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

  • April 26, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    saw a live show in the early 80's

    by Loosejerk

    It was part Looney Tunes, part Batman and Robin. I don't remember if Batman was more Superfriends or Adam West. I got a neat hat/mask from it. I think I found the coloring book/program from it not too long ago.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Who the hell greenlit that TMNT Concert?!?!

    by DK1138

    I mean, really? I wanted to see the turtles kick the crap out of things when I was a kid not sing horribly tedious songs

  • April 26, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Dark Knight Sequel

    by dcsmith

    I've written a sequel to "The Dark Knight" and know absolutely no one in the business of filmmaking... what do I do with it? (inserting it into a bodily orifice has already been considered, so please suggest something else)

  • April 26, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Quint, you saw that when you were 10?

    by dr sauch

    You're not that much older than me!

  • April 26, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    There were quite a few bad episodes of B:TAS

    by Chewtoy

    ...and I mean really bad ones, in hindsight. And yet I'd still agree that, overall, it easily beats Nolan's interpretation. That said, I was never wild about Mask of the Phantasm. It's got pacing issues which leaves it feeling on the lifeless side. The best television episodes, however, were concentrated awesomeness that Nolan's Batman hasn't matched.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Mark Hamill

    by Sirmausalot

    As the Joker, LIVE. you know you want to see it.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    So its not a musical

    by MAD_MIKE

    But will it be like one of those Western Adventure things you see when you go on a big studio tour?

  • April 26, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    So it'll be like Epcot's Indy Stunt Show...

    by little_lebowski

    ... except with Batman, and on tour? Huh...

  • April 26, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    So Bat-capades?

    by Ringworm

    a batman circus for little kids from the creators of walking with dinosaurs? ten million dollars a night, easily.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Bruce Timm and Paul Dini were the real talent behind B:TAS

    by DEX

    Alan Burnett tried to do Batman without them and we got the awful Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman! This is probably a mistake.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by Ghostpirate

    I would love to see an arena show like this. And if I don't love it my kids will. Walking with Dinosaurs was fairly awesome and there is alot that can be done with Batman in this format!

  • April 26, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Coming Out of Your Shell was the shit

    by terry1978

    All you fuckers under 30 don't even know, man.....when that was announced, we were clamoring to go see this thing.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Wow, never did see that TMNT stage show

    by jim

    I'm guessing the target audience was 3-6 year olds. I can only imagine how incredibly disappointing that show would be to any kid who was an actual fan of the franchise. You think you're going to see some sort of live action version of the movies and cartoons - fighting, weapons, acrobatics. After all, the N in TMNT stands for Ninja, right. However, instead of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you get the Teenage Mutant Jem Turtles.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Westside Gotham

    by boogel

    *snap*snap*snap* Gonna get the Joker *snap*snap*snap* Gonna make him pay *snap*snap*snap* Gonna make him fear the BAT! today *snap*snap*snap*

  • April 26, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    little, must Disney nerd out, but

    by jimbojones123

    Disney Hollywood Studios houses Indy. Epcot has no Indy. Although Morrocco could house the Disneyland Indy ride.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by Pig_Ignorant

    Here's hoping it will be released before the apocalypse is upon us.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    It will come to your town

    by Pig_Ignorant

    before fire rains down upon us all, I mean. I should really read the whole bloody article first, shouldn't I.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Could actually be kind of cool

    by jimmy_009

    As long as they take it seriously. I might actually attend such an event.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Didn't they already do this....

    by Alkeoholic77

    At Six Flags theme parks around the country? The Batman stunt show was horrible.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Immortal_Fish

    They could do the trailer in the monster truck announcer voice.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    The Steinman Batman musical

    by MrPaisley

    Read and weep.

  • April 26, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    On a tangent: Michael Keaton was the only straight Batman

    by Chewtoy

    Movie-wise, at least. (I'll give the cartoon a pass... too many episodes to judge, and too many limits from network censors.)<br><br>In any event, I contend that Keaton was the only actor who made me believe that Batman actually wanted to get hot and sweaty with his love interest for the film, be it Vicky Vale or Catwoman. Even with George Clooney in the cape, it was obvious that Schumacher was more into the Batman/Robin dynamic. The Schumacher ones probably go without saying, even with George Clooney in the cape. The Nolan ones would have been perfectly fine with an asexual Batman, but someone decided he really needed his own Mary Jane love from childhood that could tragically never be. There is zero chemistry to any Rachel Dawes/Bruce Wayne scene in either movie. I'd believe they were brother and sister more readily than I'd believe they ever tried to imagine each other nude. Every love interest after Keaton's Batman has come across as a studio-mandated beard. (All of which makes me kind of wary about the possibility of Nolan trying to use Catwoman in the next film... onscreen male/female lustful attraction does not seem to be in his repertoire.<br><br>Not that this tangent should imply that I find anything stereotypical about live on stage theatrical productions. It's probably just coincidence that this subject occurred to me...

  • April 26, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    "This board needs an edit function"--every talkbacker

    by Chewtoy

    So yeah, one of those sentences about Clooney should have been deleted. Sorry.

  • April 26, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Make it gritty and inappropriate

    by JoeSixPack

    to scare the children.

  • April 26, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by jim

    See BATMAN: LIVE at Copps Coliseum! <br>This SUNDAY only, BATMAN, ROBIN, COMMISSIONER GORDON, BATGIRL and ALFRED THE BUTLER perform LIVE! <br>Witness the DASTARDLY DEEDS of the most HEINOUS VILLAINS! <br> Can BATMAN and his friends save GOTHAM CITY from THE JOKER, THE PENGUIN, CATWOMAN, MR FREEZE, and the frightening nightmares of THE SCARECROW?!? <br>See the BATMOBILE in ACTION! <br>Gasp in awe at the SPECTACULAR STUNT SPECTACLE, featuring Tony Hawke as BAT-MITE! <bR>Marvel at the SEDUCTIVE POWERS of the PUSSYCAT DOLLS as POISON IVY and the IVY-ETTES! <br>Special appearance by AMERICAN IDOL winner, TAYLOR HICKS, as the terrifying TWO FACE, singing such hits as "It Takes Two" and "Two Hearts Beat as One"! <br>Free Admission for anyone named ADAM WEST (valid ID required)! <br>ONE DAY ONLY, this SUNDAY! BATMAN: LIVE<BR>If you miss this, YOU MUST BE BATTY!

  • April 26, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Feld.

    by gotilk

    The man who saved the circus, whose son drove a journalist mad by having an ex-cia agent stalk and ruin her life covertly for years. That Feld. The Feld who was so embarrassed by his father's closeted homosexuality that he tried to destroy the woman who revealed it.

  • April 26, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    good times

    by gotilk

  • April 26, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by Magnus Greel

    Jazz Hands, Jazz Hands, Fosse, Fosse.

  • April 26, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Sean Hayes

    by Magnus Greel

    From 'Will and Grace' for Batman.

  • April 26, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    saw batman live in the 70's

    by shogunshin

    i BARELY remember it, it was based on the tv show. i loved it, my dad said it was miserable. i am betting it was all pre recorded no less. my dad said it was probably the worst thing he ever saw.

  • April 26, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    The possibilites are endless.

    by Magnus Greel

    The Sound of Arkham. The Phantom of Crime Alley.

  • April 26, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Big Jim must be from ontario

    by ndally

    To mention Copps Coliseum. Hamilton perhaps?

  • April 26, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    So it'll be like the Indy stunt spectacular

    by SithMenace

    in Orlando? That's a cool show.

  • April 26, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Superhero stories

    by veritasses

    need the benefit of great stunts, fx, sound, dramatic framing/movement etc which you can't duplicate in a live format... It's hard to be serious when you see a bad guy flying from a fake/stage punch, or to see Batman wearing a harness etc. Not sure what they have planned but I can't imagine it being anything great. There are too many ways for it to be awful.

  • April 26, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    "elaborate arena production"

    by HapaPapa72

    Made me think of Joel Schumacher for some reason. And THAT doesn't bode well for Bats.

  • April 26, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "Now, the Batman animated series is arguably the best treatment Batman has ever received outside of the comic book format"<br><br>Speak for yourself, friend.

  • April 26, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    You kids think you are so rad, kewl and street by bashing...

    by AsimovLives

    ... Nolan's Batman movies, dont' you? Jezz, what fucking badasses you are!! So fucking street and gangsta you guys are! Wow, such fight the system attitude you have! Such bullshit!

  • April 26, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    If they do something faithful to the character...

    by Jaka

    ...and take it a bit dark and heavy (NOT Mama Mia "light"), I'd be very interested in giving them some of my hard earned money. But if it's just another cheesy musical... fuck them with a 1000 batarangs!

  • April 26, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Harvey Fierstein as Batman, Tommy Tune as The Joker

    by AzulTool

  • April 26, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines

    That's worth paying for.

  • April 26, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Nathan Lane as

    by Magnus Greel

    The Penguin

  • April 26, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I also saw Batman on stage in the 70's...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...with Wonder Woman, and... Bugs Bunny! <p>

  • April 26, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Fareal, or worse yet...

    by Triple_J_72 could lead to... SUPERHERO SQUAD LIVE! <p> <p> <p> blecch.

  • April 26, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Kristin Chenoweth as

    by Magnus Greel


  • April 26, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Michael Crawford as

    by Magnus Greel


  • April 26, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Matthew Broderick as

    by Magnus Greel

    The Riddler

  • April 26, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    even if they get johnny weir

    by collectors_edition

    To play batman and at some point he shows up wearing flaming bat-underoos... it still won't be as gay as BATMAN & ROBIN.. and yes, BATMAN: the animated series was the best interpretation of the caped crusader

  • April 26, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I don't understand. What is this? If not a musical then what?

    by Walterego

    It's in an arena. It's a production. Okay. Huh. A production of what? Is this going to be a play?

  • April 26, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    ndally, I'm from Toronto

    by jim

    just figured Copps Coliseum is the better arena-type sounding name than, say, Rogers Centre or the ACC.

  • April 26, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    It can be a musical and not be cheesball

    by Jaka

    That's all I'm asking. Take itself seriously, get the tone right and it will be interesting even if it's a musical. If it goes all tongue-in-cheek, self-aware cartoony then I won't be interested.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    This will bomb.

    by RPLocke

    The Spider Man one sounds terrible.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Martin Short as the Riddler.

    by RPLocke

    Make it happen douches.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    It CANNOT be a musical and also not be cheeseball.

    by Subtitles_Off

    The two things cannot co-exist.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Johnny Weir???!!!???

    by Subtitles_Off

    Good CHRIST!

  • April 26, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the correct spelling Subs

    by Jaka

    I hate spelling errors. However, while I understand what you're saying (really, I do), I don't COMPLETELY agree. There are different levels of cheeseball for musicals. So maybe I'm just hoping for the right flavor of cheese.

  • April 26, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Hopefully it's better than the live Batman show at Six Flags

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    That they used to have about 20 years ago. Yeah, even as a kid I knew that sucked.

  • April 26, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    If they ever made Dark Knight Returns

    by L. Ron Bumquist

  • April 26, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    They Should cast Adam West

    by L. Ron Bumquist

  • April 26, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The Batman Stunt Show @ 6 Flags...

    by DigitalBeachWar

    ...Was pretty dumb. The thing is, when you perform on stage you have to over act to project emotions. So it will be extremely hard to take this seriously. And all the characters will be wearing those dumb wireless mics. Also I'm pretty sure that the article said that it will NOT be a musical... so people need to shut up about musicals.

  • April 26, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Wasnt this a joke on B:TAS. or batman beyond

    by joker40

    Wasnt there something like that..where they were watching a musical on one of the annimated series..(my bad if someone already mentioned this)..I just find it funny that now its happening..I hope paul and just one more ep of annimated series..just to say..oh you gotta be kidding... Peace all

  • April 26, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of seeing the Star Wars characters

    by RPLocke

    dance at Disneyland.

  • April 26, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    If they do this as a serious, live-action play, I'll consider go

    by MrMysteryGuest


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    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 26, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Thanks Triple_J_72!

    by Sith Witch

    I loved seeing that live show as a child. For the past 31 yrs. I've had the image of that program graphic burned into my head, so seeing it again brings back so many great memories.

  • April 26, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    First reaction: FUCK NO!

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Second reaction: Hmmm....if it were a serious stage could be really cool.</p><p>Third reaction: .....NOPE, it'll SUCK ASS!

  • April 26, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    You had me at Alan Burnett....

    by Jobacca

    Seriously....that man has been involved in all good things Bat. Plus,a few weeks ago Paul Dini mentioned onhis blog that he was working on a top-secret Bat-project...could it be this? I imagine a stage show with,as Harry mentioned,a big-ass animatronic free walking Killer Croc or Clayface,with tons of stunts and people flying through the air on wires....could be cool. Hell,I'd watch Batman on Ice if Burnett and Dini were involved....

  • April 26, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    This could be the greatest thing ever,

    by rabidfnark

    or the worst. I don't think there's much middle ground. But, regardless, if it shows up anywhere near me, I'll go.

  • April 26, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    The batsuit has nipples..and a visible codpiece

    by ChocolateJesusMan

  • April 27, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Terrified of the idea but would totally go see it...

    by Boneyard

    My young kids would love it and the my favorite bat-villian, the Killer Moth would be in it, swooping around ala Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    A stage show might be ok, but no musical #'s PLEASE

    by finky089

    Score from the movie- awesome. Fine. <p>Lame songs populating the show pointlessly - FAIL.

  • April 27, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Hopefully with Burnett involved

    by finky089

    there will be no song and dance numbers

  • April 27, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight On Ice!

    by Royston Lodge