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'Batman Live' provides acrobatic all-ages show

“Batman Live," which opened Wednesday in Oklahoma City, features stunts, pyrotechnics, illusions and video screen sequences set in a three-dimensional Gotham City landscape.
by Matthew Price Modified: October 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012

The show's visuals and costumes are reminiscent of the 1990s movies, with some “Arkham Asylum” visuals mixed in. The excellent video screen presentation pays homage to the Batman comics of artist Jim Lee. The sets are beautiful and detailed. The circus-style acrobatic performances throughout are dynamic. The Formula-1 style Batmobile, designed by Gordon Murray, is a stylish tweak on a classic concept.

From the moment you enter the arena, the design is meant to pull you into Batman's world, and it largely succeeds. There are a few minor nitpicks — some of the dialogue can be clunky; there's a Batman-Catwoman fight sequence that doesn't entirely work — but as a whole, if you go into it with an open mind, you'll find yourself immersed in the world of this slightly brighter Dark Knight.

Batman began as a vehicle for children's entertainment. While recent movies and comics have skewed much older, “Batman Live” shows there's still a lot of resiliency in Batman as children's entertainment. Kids in Batman masks bounced on the edge of their seats, cheering the arrival of new characters and whooping whenever Batman entered the stage. A broadly played visual spectacle, “Batman Live” is ultimately great fun.

Matthew Price

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