Improbable villains, shark-repellant spray, lycra hero suits, a plethora of gadgets, and words like “Ker-thwack” appearing on screen whenever the hero punches someone. What are we talking about? Batman, of course!
Things have moved on a little since the Adam West and Burt Ward days, with later Batman offerings taking on a much darker hue, but the Caped Crusader is sill a popular staple of super-hero lore. And now there is a live show coming to the UK!
The show promises to introduce us to The Riddler, Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman as we follow the story of Dick Grayson (Robin) and his quest for justice for the death of his parents. Faithfully adapted from the DC comics, stories and characters, this looks like a fantastic show.
One thing I’m particularly excited about is the new Batmobile – designed specially for the show by legendary racing car designer Gordon Murray. Haven’t heard of him? He designed the McLaren F1… at one time the fastest road car in the world and still good enough to give a Bugatti Veyron a fright at the traffic lights.
Batman Live opens in Manchester on the 19th of July, and will be touring the UK. Join us on Monday when we will be launching a competition to win tickets to the Glasgow venue on the 3rd of August.