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Batman Live, NIA

IT’S 70 years since Gotham City’s finest first appeared in the pages of an American comic.

IT’S 70 years since Gotham City’s finest first appeared in the pages of an American comic.

But despite a long and illustrious career, the Dark Knight has never trod the boards - until now.

Two-and-a-half years preparation has gone into the $20m show, which made its debut last month.

And with acrobatics, giant sets and a literally explosive finale, the production is a genuine spectacle.

A trapeze-act, full-size Batmobile and even a hot air balloon are among the things to look forward to.

Especially impressive is a 100ft video-wall, which projects computer generated sets and sequences.

Of the actors, Birmingham’s own Mark Frost steals the show as Batman’s nemesis The Joker.

But though the production will delight children, adults might find less to enjoy.

Between the set-pieces, the story is flimsy and there’s not enough humour or edge to please older ones.

There’s no doubt that money has been spent to make sure this show can trade blows with its Hollywood equivalents.

However, the most successful superhero films have added character and pathos to the comic-book world.

Unfortunately, this isn’t something that the stage-show - for all its ambition - ever quite accomplishes.

 

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