If you only ever see one thing at an arena near you, it should be Batman LIVE! It’s ridiculously amazing.
I got tickets for Xmas from my lovely fella as he knows how much I love comic book based entertainment. To be honest, I don’t have a clue what I expected. I guess some sort of play version of one of the films. I wouldn’t have been disappointed with this, don’t get me wrong, but I’m so glad it turned out to be more explosive than my original expectations.
The general gist of the show was to include as many characters as possible while still sticking to comic book-esque story lines and even taking some directly from the page. Robin was introduced with the death of his parents at the beginning, as caused by the Joker, which leads on to the Joker trying to bring together all villains encountered by Batman who now reside in Arkham Asylum to fight against the winged good-guy to take over Gotham City. Mouthful. And hours of stage play because of the complex plot and huge intake of characters, mostly villains. Included in the cast were the Joker, Harlequinn, the Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, the Riddler and many more. It was full on and very intense. Despite taking on so much, however, it kept our attention for the full 3 hours of entertainment.
The most amazing parts of the show included the costumes, the amazing sets and the incredible acrobatics. Most of the show included performers who were taking part in aerial combat or aerial acrobatics which looked fantastic and certainly caused me to say ‘Wow’ on more than a few occasions. The costumes were brilliant, as I’m sure you can see from the pictures – well matched to the comic book style and very close to the original designs as seen in Batman comics. The set was truly incredible. Beginning with a city-like set with tiny buildings on stage to a bat-shaped backdrop which became a TV screen and had the backdrops of the changed scenes on, the whole setting was fantastical. That’s not to even mention the Joker’s props of a huge ceiling-height Jack in the Box, magic tricks, and a massive hot-air balloon which travelled around the arena before being set on fire.
Of course, not everything can be perfect – the acting of the main characters more specifically. Batman was, unfortunately and ironically the worst thing about Batman LIVE! The Joker was by far the best actor involved and no fault can be found in the acrobatic extras. But as this was all I could pick fault with, I fail to see it as a real negative.
There was a moment, approximately 20 minutes into the show where my partner and I turned to each other and said that we never wanted it to end. That’s how amazing it was. After the show, we even said we wanted to come back and watch it another time before the show moved out of town. If you ever get a chance. See it.