Story Delivery Vehicle: Big Joker-Faced Hot Air Balloon!? “Batman Live” (part 3)

What is it? – A live-action stage performance following the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder vs. Gotham City’s gallery of rogues

How do I get it into my brain?check tour dates and venues here, or at the very least look over the nifty comic-style story guide

(Part 1) | (Part 2) | (Part 3)


Well, that was fun!  I am still feeling around for format.  Since this was a live stage show, I felt compelled to explain it at length, as there were many things the story guide don’t get across.  Future things, depending on ease of access, I’ll try and gauge how much detail I go into.  Speaking of getting a feel for the format, I think I’ll try isolating several specific subjects and discussing how they succeeded or failed. Continue reading

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Story Delivery Vehicle: The Batmobile! “Batman Live” (part 2)

What is it? – A live-action stage performance following the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder vs. Gotham City’s gallery of rogues

How do I get it into my brain?check tour dates and venues here, or at the very least look over the nifty comic-style story guide

(Part 1) | (Part 2) | (Part 3)


When we left off, the Joker had taken young Dick Grayson hostage to serve as bait to lure Batman to him.  One could safely assume that Batman would be coming after the Joker sooner or later anyway, having pieced together his whereabouts from Zucco’s grim rictus and the fact that the circus is a clown’s natural habitat.  However, this show doesn’t give us much of Batman being a detective, which is definitely a weakness, as oh, what was that comic that Batman first appeared in?  I think it was “Lucky Coincidence Comics #27”, right?  No.  No, it was “Detective Comics #27”, and don’t you forget it (well, I suppose I can forgive it if you forget the exact issue number). Continue reading

Story Delivery Vehicle: The Batmobile? Nah, “Batman Live” (part 1)

What is it? – A live-action stage performance following the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder vs. Gotham City’s gallery of rogues

How do I get it into my brain?check tour dates and venues here, or at the very least look over the nifty comic-style story guide

(Part 1) | (part 2) | (part 3)


Na na na na na na na na Batman!  One of the most popular characters of all time (notice I did not diminish this by pigeon-holing him as just a super-hero or just a comic book character), his stories have graced every medium imaginable, with the exceptions of ballet and opera.  I still hold out hope, though.  Fortune found me in possession of tickets to see a live stage production, and I was in eager attendance to see how and/or if it could be accomplished.  The act of adaptation from one medium to another always poses unique challenges, with both source and destination influencing how a story is shaped.  In the case of Batman, there is a rich visual history to draw upon, with bold and recognizable characters, an iconic setting, and a wealth of kinetic moments to shape fight choreography around. Continue reading