For those of you who are unaware, Batman Live was just that. It’ was a live, PG-rated touring stage show featuring the Caped Crusader fighting his Rogues Gallery.
The show began its tour in the UK in Manchester in summer 2011. The British Isles part of the tour includes venues in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It then launched in North America in Summer 2012.
Now I’ve uncovered an interview with the now defunct show’s creative team about its inception and concept.
Check out this exclusive interview with the BATMAN LIVE team, including (clockwise from bottom left) Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment; Sam Heughan, who originated the role of Batman in BATMAN LIVE; Allan Heinberg, writer of BATMAN LIVE; and renowned comic book artist Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment.
The plot concerns the origin of Robin and of the Batman and Robin team. It begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne‘s parents in the past and then shows how in the present day he has become the masked vigilante, Batman, as a result. After the circus acrobat parents of Dick Grayson are murdered by a gangster during a performance in Gotham City, the orphan is put into the care of Bruce Wayne and his faithful butler Alfred by Commissioner Gordon. As the various villains of Gotham team up to defeat their nemesis, Wayne reveals his identity to Grayson and eventually teaches him properly to channel his anger—to seek justice, not revenge. The new pairing is sorely tested when the Joker reveals his master plan to release the inmates of Arkham Asylum into Gotham, and to use Grayson as bait in a final deadly trap for Batman. With the Riddler, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn and even Batman’s potential love, the thief Catwoman, all ranged against them as well, the new ‘Dynamic Duo’ faces the ultimate showdown.
Lest we forget.
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