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BATMAN: LIVE coming to your city sometime 2012-ish?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This is not strictly movie news, but it's certainly cool news. BATMAN LIVE is being planned by WB/DC. Wait, wait... don't go yet! Listen to this... It's not a musical, but "an elaborate arena production," according to The Heat Vision Blog at THR. And it's being written by BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES' Alan Burnett. He also had a hand in the script for BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM. Now, the Batman animated series is arguably the best treatment Batman has ever received outside of the comic book format and I'm sure Burnett is a big reason for that (other big reasons are Paul Dini, who also wrote the fantastic BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM video game, and Bruce Timm, of course). It's supposed to be a touring show along the lines of MAMMA MIA and WALKING WITH DINOSAURS. In fact, the companies behind those shows are going to be involved... does that mean a giant animatronic Killer Croc? God, I hope so. All I know is that I want this to see what they come up with. I'd wager with that pedigree it isn't going to be a cheesefest like the live on-tour stuff I saw as a kid...

Yikes, that's the first time I've listened to any of that stuff since I was, like, 10 years old. So, yeah. No doubt it'll be better than the COMING OUT OF OUR SHELLS tour, thank Christ. Scuttlebutt has the tour launching near the release of Christopher Nolan's third Batman Film, so it could be 2011/2012-ish. What do you folks think? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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