Batman Live: Footage From The Press Preview

CG concept art, lots of villains, explosions and Batman. A mere taste of what you can expect from the arena tour when it kicks off on 19 July in Manchester

SFX was at the press launch for the Batman Live arena tour today, where the creative forces behind it were promising some pretty spectacular stuff. With a visual style based on the seminal Jim Lee era of Batman comics, a strong story about the origin of Robin and his relationship with Batman, lots of stunts, FX and amazing sets, the show is going to be “like nothing we’ve seen before” they kept assuring us, while pointing out categorically, “It is not a musical,” in a clear reference to a certain Spider on Broadway. No Batmobile on show yet, sadly (we’ll have to wait another two months to see that), but the glimpses we did see certainly looked intriguing. We’re not going to keep it to ourselves: here’s some of what we witness:

A CG representation of how the arena will look when you first enter the Batman Live – Gotham City (there’ll be loads of Gotham-esque ambient sound as well – helicopters, police sirens, etc)

A sample of some of footage that has been especially created to project onto the massive video screen (which at points will be used interactively on-stage action):

A CG representation of Harley Quinn’s carnival as it’ll appear in Batman Live; then the shows scripter Allan Heinberg introduces you to the Wayne Mansion:

DC head honcho Geoff Johns on screen) is interrupted by the Joker who then introduces us to the cast of villains, before batman bursts in…

Tickets for Batman Live are on sale now. For more information about prices and venues go to: www.batmanlive.com