Move over Spider-Man, there’s a new caped crusader looking to take over the stage! Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are looking into developing a live Batman stage show to tour across the country. While the idea was ultimately a flop for Marvel and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, DC and WB think that the idea will flourish, as it’s not a musical or broadway-style production.
This would be an arena production made for kids, like Disney on Ice or Cirque De SoLe, just less trippy and erotic. Also unlike the failed Spidey musical, there will be some veteran comic talent behind this production. From Heat Vision:
Alan Burnett and Stan Berkowitz, longtime animation veterans whose credits include Batman and Superman television shows as well as such animated movies as “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” and “Justice League: The New Frontier,” are writing the story and script. The logline is being kept under wraps, but it’s known that the show will feature numerous villains.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products is spearheading the project, whose deals with NGM and WLP are licensing agreements. Other partners might come aboard.
With Berkowitz and Burnett working on the script, you can expect to see less of a “watered down” version of the hero’s adventures, much like you would see at the top of the hour at most Six Flags theme parks. Also, with the team writing a script, you can plan for this story to take place inside the walls of the rich animated Superman/Batman/Justice League continuity.
The company is still in the early planning stages, but the idea has been planted, and they plan on moving ahead. There is no set time table, but the idea is to have the show open around the time of Christopher Nolan’s planned Batman sequel.