Batman Live at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY, October 12, 2012—Batman has lived in the pages of comic books, on television and within two movie franchises. 

So what’s left? “Batman Live” at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, of course. So what exactly is “Batman Live”? After all, bringing comic book characters to the stage has been dangerous as we’ve seen on Broadway with “Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark”.

But “Batman Live” is no musical. The backdrop is a huge LED screen in the shape of a bat that takes us from scene to scene with pages of a comic book flipping to the next location.

The stage takes up over half of the arena floor with Gotham City locales spread throughout. 

The show is a live-action performance with a story that begins with the different origins of Batman and Robin and how they came together. Within the production, the Dynamic Duo faces our favorite villains including Catwoman, The Riddler, Two Face, The Penguin and The Joker. 

The live action show does not feature any musical performances though it does have a circus performance, a magic show and a bit of choreography mixed with fighting.

There are a lot of harnesses and flying around even though Batman was a glider, not a flier.

The story is coherent and the staging is really cool. It’s more than a typical theater performance as the actors come into the audience to interact. The look is more Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher than Chris Nolan, but it still has a little bit of everything for all different types of fans. 

But out of all the characters the biggest applause probably went to the Batmobile. Looking similar to the 1989 “Batman ”vehicle, the Batmobile is sleek, black and has light up wheels.

As fans left the arena, one of the said, “That was kind of cheesy.” And it is a little cheesy. But it is good for all ages and it’s based on comic book where a guy dresses up like a bat and fights a clown in an arena with a car that has light up wheels. 

What do you expect?


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