Little known fact, that. So when I started seeing posters for Batman Live, I was wondering how they were going to pull it off without me. Seeing more posters in Hamburg meant that I booked tickets for the family (my flatmates) when I got back, despite not knowing anything about it.
Before heading to the O2 Arena though I did look at a few reviews, which all said it was good; a Batman circus, with acts and magic and “an original story being created exclusively for the show”, albeit aimed at kids. I’ve no problem with that, I even still buy cartoons on doovde!
Anyway, we rocked up to the O2 Arena about half an hour before it started and were ravenous, so Jess got Sushi and Megan and I got a burger; no good for my diet, especially with the final weigh in being on Wednesday. We took our seats and were surprised by the half empty arena but had a decent enough view as the show began.
Batman Live is a cross between every version of Batman there is. Part animated series, part Burton films (including the Joel Schumacher travesties, though thankfully sans nipples), part original series KAPOW, part comic book and a very small part Nolan’s new films.
It doesn’t really work. It’s too child-like for adults and too retro for kids. However if the costume and art direction was the worst part it could still have been salvageable. Alas, that was not the worst thing about it.
Batman Live is bad. If it was a Cirque do Soleil with Batman characters, I think I could have gotten behind it, as it was it was very poor circus, very poor magic, very poor story and OTT acting.