Batman Live is heading to North America beginning September 5 with its first stop in California after a well-received tour throughout the UK, Europe, and Latin America. To help usher in the event our very own Jim Lee and Geoff Johns met up with the show’s writer and lead actor for a quick press tour.
To say that they’re excited about Batman Live is an understatement. According to Lee, “In this show you will see Batman as he has never been presented before. I've been drawing Batman my whole adult life and have seen this character in comic books, video games and movies - but never before have I ever seem something this immersive for the DC Comics characters. As a comic book artist, to actually see what I imagine in my mind when I draw is an amazing experience.”
Batman Live features over the top acrobatic stunts, pyrotechnics, illusions and video screen sequences along with the ultimate rogues gallery of villains including The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and The Penguin. As audiences enter the arena, they’ll enter Gotham City itself with a 3D landscape complete with buildings and soundscape setting the scene for the original story to come.
Johns added, “These characters, including Batman, are modern day mythological heroes that we as a society aspire to be. Every society has a had its own mythology - it's how they tell great stories throughout the ages about all the good and the bad aspects of life. Batman specifically is an inspiring figure in that he is a regular guy. He is the ultimate aspirational superhero. To see Batman literally fly off the pages of comics in this epic stage production is a pinnacle moment for all of us at DC Entertainment.”
Be on the look out for more news and updates about the show in the months to come and check out BatmanLive.com.
Jim Lee during the Batman Live press tour.
Actor Sam Heughan and writer Allan Heinberg join Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on a press tour for Batman Live.