Batman… Live!

Some of the pictures here will suck. Ivan has better ones, so I’ll change them when he puts them online!

Yesterday I was up at 7.30. IN THE MORNING. Why would anyone be up at that time on a Saturday? To see Batman Live, of course! My friend Dafta had some tickets for us, my friend Ivan and his friend Neil, to see the show in the morning.

It was the best thing ever.

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I don’t want to say too much without giving it away to any fellow Geordies who have tickets, or for anyone going to wherever the hell the show is off to next, but at the same time this post would suck if I didn’t say something about it. If you want to be surprised at everything though, you should probably stop reading.

The whole show goes from Thomas and Martha Wayne being killed all the way up to Batman’s established role as a superhero, as well as including Robin’s back story too, so some things aren’t really explained a lot for the young’uns, but I doubt they minded- there are acrobats, circus performers, fight scenes and pyrotechnics to keep everyone entertained! The Joker even pulls off some seriously legit magic tricks with Harley Quinn.

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All the best-known villains are there, including Catwoman, The Penguin, Scarecrow and Poison Ivy- but it’s the Joker and Harley Quinn who really steal the show. For the first time in a show since the 1960s, the villains are working together to kill Batman, which makes things pretty interesting. The Arkham Asylum is also a big part of the ending, which makes things even better! The Batmobile looks like something from TRON, which amazed me, and there are some scenes with that roaming around Gotham City as well.

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If you’re a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, you might be slightly disappointed with this- it’s not exactly the gritty Batman we have in the 21st Century. However, it isn’t the Adam West Batman, either. In fact, some parts of it were kind of weird for a show aimed at kids- the dead bodies hanging from Arkham’s ceilings being one of them! No one with kids seemed to have any complaints though- it’s just part of the fun with Batman.

Anyway, if you love Batman, stage shows, magic, bazookas and giant Joker shaped hot air balloons, see this. Even if you don’t, see it. You’ll love it.

Also, the guy who played Batman was fit. He looked like Matt Skiba from where I was sitting.

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