Let's start with the good- the programme for Batman Live cost £15 and was worth it. High quality stuff with lots of information about the production, commentaries from Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, set photos, rehearsal photos, activity pack and a lot more:
|Embossed cut-out cover|
|The handsome Mr Lee|
|Activity book and 3D glasses|
I'd been looking forward to see Batman Live ever since my friend bought me tickets for my birthday, but I went into it having worked four consecutive 6-7 o'clock shifts at work and then had to take the train up to Manchester to see it. My enthusiasm was pretty much drained.
The good: The production has and is still being advertsied as a family show and it was genuinely fantastic to see lots of little boys and girls all dressed up in their capes and cowls. The show begins with the famous scene in Crime Alley, the night on which Bruce loses his parents (their shooting is off-stage, heard but not seen). The use of a large bat-shaped screen (see photos below) to establish time and place, and this was very effective. It also meant that though the murder of Bruce's parents wasn't shown on stage, the screen displayed 'softer' comic panels of Thomas and Martha Wayne looking shocked and fearful and then prone on the floor, helping to move the narrative along.